There is a continuum of civic engagement that philanthropy must recognize and continue to support as it is this foundational engagement of community members that strengthen communities and undergirds all of the investments of individuals, volunteers, and philanthropy. Redistricting is the next step towards a successful representation of residents in communities that must give them fair voice and representation.
Being counted and voting is not enough to ensure that people are represented in their governance. Redistricting is where the stakes are the highest and will impact people’s daily lives in the communities where they live. This cannot be left to politics because it is the most important part of the system enabling people to live their lives as they collectively choose.