When Irvine launched this initiative, California’s body of voters was not representative of the state’s eligible voting population. Voting rates were low among ethnic, low-income, and younger adults, and the state’s ethnic communities were also less likely to communicate with public officials. As a result, their priorities and preferences were less likely to be heard. We supported a variety of issues that fostered greater participation in elections and public decision making among underrepresented populations, including low-income, ethnic, and immigrant communities.
This included supporting organizations that:
Voter and Civic Engagement grantmaking culminated in 2019 with grants to responsibly conclude Irvine’s support for long-funded projects in this field. In addition, we anticipate releasing a retrospective report in the coming months on lessons learned since the inception of the initiative as well as best practices.