Partner Organizations

Communities for a New California Education Fund

Communities for a New California Education Fund (CNC EF) ​is a statewide non-profit organization that provides the most marginalized Californians with the tools to institute change, with the help of staff and volunteers from the very communities they serve. CNC EF’s core competency is engaging those who have historically been left out of the decisions that most impact their schools, neighborhoods and families. CNC EF has extensive experience inspiring the most marginalized Californians to mobilize in their communities, having engaged more than 200,000 community members ​utilizing cellular-enabled tablets and computer-based phone banking centers ​in 2018 alone. CNC EF will serve as the Partner ACBO and will oversee the execution of the outreach plan and coordinating communication and activities between the ACBOs and subcontractors, other CBOs, public agencies, etc. CNC EF will also conduct outreach to over 98,000 people in communities that are disproportionately burdened with poverty, and are isolated by circumstance, language and geography.

Evangelista Community Relations

Tomas Evangelista, Principal of Evangelista Community Relations will lead the team’s efforts in the Sierra Foothills placing an emphasis on door-to-door canvassing in prioritized HTC areas. Tomas brings extensive experience developing mass voter contact programs across large geographies with dozens of staff members to directly engage historically disenfranshised communities in Region 4’s rural counties. His expertise brings depth to understanding the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for census work in Region 4. He will oversee outreach to more than 15,000 residents in the Sierra Foothills with an emphasis on Latino and tribal populations.

Faith in the Valley

Faith in the Valley (FIV) is the new unified regional organization encompassing the citycounty, and Valley-wide organizing of the five previously independent multi-faith, multi-racial PICO federations in California’s Central Valley, including 120 congregations representing over 100,000 families. FIV’s work is led by volunteer leaders who are among the people most impacted by these issues, including immigrants, low-wage workers, the formerly incarcerated, chronically uninsured and underinsured and young people. Over the past three years, FIV has held over 140,000 conversations with community members through canvassing, one-on-one conversations and meetings. FIV plans to conduct outreach to 25,000 congregants, low-income individuals and people of color in Region 4.

Hmong Innovating Politics

Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. HIP envisions a California of empowered communities that thrive in a socially and economically just democracy. At the core of HIP’s work is voter education and get out the vote (GOTV) campaigns in low-propensity voting communities. Annually, HIP engages more than 10,000 people through field programs and community event outreach. HIP plans to reach over 10,000 Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and disenfranchised individuals in Region 4 HTC through high-touch field based engagements and another 5,000 to 10,000 through event based high-touch engagements.

Jakara Movement

The Jakara Movement is a grassroots community-building organization forging a Gurmat-inspired generation through creative leadership development, community organizing, and social activism. The Jakara Movement has more than 20 high school, collegiate and university chapters and have engaged with more than 5,000 families in the region. There are nearly 20 Gurdwaras throughout Region 4 and the Jakara Movement has relationships with the committees and management at over 90% of them. In past GOTV efforts and election education-related work, they have had contact with more than 10,000 members in Region 4. The Jakara Movement will conduct outreach to more than 38,000 Sikh Americans, who have been historically undercounted, as well as other South Asian populations through high-touch engagements in the field and additional HTC through other channels.

Civic Capacity Research Initiative

UC Merced’s Civic Capacity Research Initiative (CCRI) is the first San Joaquin Valley institution to build civic capacity through strategy and research, with a focus in four key areas:

  • Civic training and retention pathways for UCM students
  • Strategic research support for local organizations
  • Institution-building to create a UCM research center for grassroots empowerment
  • Data repository and infrastructure for integrated civic engagement and research

CCRI’s leadership team is composed of internationally renowned UC Merced sociology faculty, recognized as experts in the study of civic empowerment. Their leadership team also includes UC Merced faculty and staff with unique experience in several historic campaigns that have successfully expanded the rights of persons from marginalized communities. CCRI will provide research-based training and data management support for our outreach efforts.