The ability to take part in policymaking from the ballot box to the legislative chamber is fundamental to the health of every person, but too few of us have the resources or know-how to participate. We need the tools to support strong, enduring civic engagement in all our communities, so we can elect leaders and shape policies for a quality life and good health. Northwest Health Foundation is calling our five-year initiative to do this work Civic Health.
Civic Health’s Strategy:
Boldly resource and support 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations led by Black people, Indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC)
Build independent political power and infrastructure using Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE)
Connect urban and rural communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington
Appoint leaders, elect candidates and move important policies
Civic Health’s Goals:
Build the skills and infrastructure in BIPOC communities to elect leaders and change policies at the local and state level so everyone has access to the resources and opportunities they need
Develop leaders and talent rooted in, and supportive of, BIPOC communities
Establish a vibrant democratic culture that values, centers and supports BIPOC
Race/ethnicity is one of the strongest predictors of lifelong health. We don’t think this bias is right, so Civic Health places Black, Indigenous and people-of-color-led (BIPOC) organizations at the forefront of this work. We also recognize that intersecting factors like geography, disability and class compound to create even greater barriers to civic engagement and health. Civic Health will emphasize the leadership of people and organizations that work at these intersections.
Integrated Voter Engagement
Civic Health will use the Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) framework. IVE organizations register and turn people out to vote, mobilize their base to change policy and hold elected officials accountable during and between elections. They also strive to build long-term relationships and trust with communities rather than episodic or transactional engagement. In using IVE across the program, Civic Health grantees will work together to create a vibrant democratic culture and build independent political power. A community has independent political power when it can influence decision-making without relying on mainstream political institutions like political parties.
* Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, “Integrated Voter Engagement: A Proven Strategy for Achieving Impact on the Issues You Care About”
July 31, 2019 - Assessment & Planning Call for Applications opens
October 1, 2019 - Assessment & Planning CFA closes
November 2019 - Groups invited to participate in Assessment & Planning
January - March 2020 - Assessment & Planning process meetings
Summer - Fall 2020 - Civic Health Request for Proposals opens
December 2020 - Civic Health groups selected
January 2021 - First Civic Health grants disbursed
2021 - 2025 - Civic Health initiative
If you have questions, please contact Jen Matheson, Director of Programs, at email@example.com or 971.230.1292.