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Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

The field of civic engagement needed a network of grantmakers and donors that spanned a number of strategies. Civic-engagement leaders envisioned a network that would include national service, voter education and community organizing.

These leaders turned to Informing Change to create such an organization, and to develop its constituency and launch its programming. That organization was Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE). To establish PACE’s presence in the field, Informing Change:

  • Designed and organized a national conference
  • Recruited nationally known speakers
  • Created a Web site
  • Published monographs and publications on civic engagement strategies

To introduce PACE to new networks, Informing Change facilitated discussions about online organizing and the impact of the Internet on civic involvement and voter education.

By the end of PACE’s first program year, it had attracted new members and participants that reflected a spectrum of civic engagement strategies.