In April 2021, the Forum Board of Directors approved the organization’s first ever Public Policy Principles to guide advocacy work for the next two years, during the 117th Congress. One of these principles, is to “Defend & Strengthen Democracy.” Guided by this principle, the Forum’s Public Policy Committee has approved that the Forum take a position in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Like the Forum, Independent Sector has also taken a position in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, saying "it is critically important for Congress to pass federal legislation this year to strengthen oversight of state and local voting laws to prevent barriers to voting before elections occur."
Inspired by this mutual understanding of the critical importance of voting rights, United Philanthropy Forum and Independent Sector have joined together to sponsor a webinar, Voting Rights & Advocacy: A Sector Call to Action.
During this webinar, United Philanthropy Forum and Independent Sector staff will be joined by staff from the White House and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to discuss:
- the history and background of the Voting Rights Act,
- how philanthropy can make a difference on the issue, and
- the importance of collective, cross-sector advocacy.
Please join your colleagues for this wide-ranging discussion and sector call to action.
Registration for this event is open to Forum members, PSO members, and Independent Sector members.
This program is hosted in partnership with Independent Sector.
- Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement, The White House
- Justin Vail, Special Assistant to the President, Democracy and Civic Participation, The White House
- Jesselyn McCurdy, Interim VP for Government Affairs and Managing Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Allison Grayson, Director, Policy Development and Analysis, Independent Sector
- Matthew L. Evans, Director of Public Policy, United Philanthropy Forum