Support for Voting and Civic Engagement

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY

Empowering Individuals and Communities Through Civic Engagement

What is civic engagement and citizenship and why is it important for AmeriCorps members to increase civic engagement competencies? Aren't members civically engaged by virtue of their commitment to service?

Defining Active Citizenship To begin, there are many ideas and definitions of civic engagement. Most definitions include, in some form, at least three key components. Consider this definition from The State of Service-Related Research. The Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service

Citizenship or civic participation consists of behaviors, attitudes, and actions that reflect concerned and active membership in a community. This includes the more traditional electoral citizenship activities, such as voting, serving on nonprofit boards or school boards, as well as less traditional forms of political participation, such as community organizing and social activism. It includes participation in small neighborhood-based efforts and the larger national and international movements.

Behaviors, attitudes and actions. These are the common principles of citizenship and civic engagement. Voting, serving, organizing and social activism are all expressions of active citizenship. And, while many individuals associate citizenship primarily, or solely, with voting, active citizenship clearly encompasses a broader range of involvement.

Active citizenship is about personal and community empowerment. Voting is a part of that package of empowerment, but only one part. Service is a part as well, but only a part. For individuals and communities to access legitimate power to promote and protect their interests and rights, they must also be able to serve, organize and to take action. By accessing as many sources of civic empowerment available, individuals and communities can impact their own lives, and the lives of others, in a significant way.

Voting alone is usually not sufficient. Service, by itself, is also often inadequate. Or organizing. Or even social action. But together they components of civic engagement can be very effective in not only addressing needs but also affecting change.

Well-trained AmeriCorps members can be significant influences and resources in helping facilitate an expanded awareness of active citizenship and civic engagement.

Roots of Active Citizenship Active citizenship has a strong tradition in this country dating back to its earliest days. In fact, the principles of active citizenship are embedded in this countryŐs founding document, the Declaration of Independence. This document outlines the fundamental rights extended to all individuals. The presence or absence of these rights is often referred to as social justice. To better understand the concept of active citizenship as expressed through civic engagement, one simply needs to reference the founding document that holds both a promise and a mandate.

Source: Corporation for National Service

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Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

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Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

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TurboVote Returns to BC To Encourage Students to Vote

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Foundation: Lancaster County Community Foundation

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Courting Change: The Future of Civil Rights
Foundation: Ford Foundation

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Foundation: Central New York Community Foundation

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HENRY Devotes Income to Mortgage and Children

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Government Support for Voting and Civic Engagement Programs




American National Election Studies (ANES) Competition

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Posted On - 2017-11-22


CESU GRRI – Leadership, Coordination, and Administrative Oversight for the Great Rivers Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
National Park Service
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Cooperative Agreement Number P13AC00772 was entered into by and between the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), and the Curators of the University of...more
Posted On - 2017-08-31


CESU GRPL – Leadership, Coordination, and Administrative Oversight for the Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
National Park Service
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Cooperative Agreement Number P16AC00011 was entered into by and between the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), and The Board of Regents of the...more
Posted On - 2017-08-31


Legal Protection of the Voting Rights
National Park Service
The purpose of this grant is implementation of the comprehensive regulation protecting the voters from pressure. Any report and irregularity should be properly examined by Macedonian authorities. ...more
Posted On - 2017-07-18


Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
Administration for Community Living
The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) in the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces the...more
Posted On - 2017-05-18


FY17 Supplemental to Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission
DOT/Federal Railroad Administration
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Posted On - 2017-03-30






Largest Foundation Support for Human Services for 2012

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Rank
Foundation
Grants
Total Given
1
139
246,796,810
2
1,567
137,419,755
3
213
100,237,336
4
768
72,730,537
5
166
61,576,133

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