To develop a bold policy agenda that builds broad public support; develop more sophisticated framing of public policy issues; improve collaboration among funders to expand Maine’s social change philanthropic sector and leverage additional resources; recruit and train new leadership to advance this work; and increase capacity for member organizations in fundraising, media and member mobilization.
To build an integrated, permanent progressive infrastructure comprised of research, new tools for common use, issue framing and message discipline, and policy and leadership development programs that are of sufficient scale and ability to influence policy outcomes in Maine.
To provide access to civic engagement resources, training and state-of-the-art tools to the state-based network of organizations committed to expanding nonpartisan civic participation and issue advocacy work.
To enhance civic engagement by previously underrepresented constituencies such as unmarried women.
To create “election preparedness” report cards for each state, targeting particular states for reform prior to the election, and work with election officials, other advocates and the media to enact reforms, with a focus on preventing tampering with voting machines and ballots.
To increase civic participation among citizens motivated by environmental issues by promoting early voting and absentee voting programs.
To build the capacity of America’s nonprofit sector to participate in civic engagement, and to increase participation by traditionally underrepresented constituencies.
To help civic engagement and other progressive groups take advantage of the latest advances in Internet and other new technologies.
To support State Voices, which supports and connects the efforts of nonpartisan state-based civic and voter engagement networks to improve their coordination and communication, engage underrepresented citizens, and establish collective action around common issue agendas.
To promote civic participation on the part of underrepresented constituencies, and to increase the number of low-income people who vote and become fully engaged in American democracy.