Our future, and that of Silicon Valley, will be determined by our community’s voter turnout in 2020. The quality of our schools, affordability of our housing, abundance of our open spaces, and so much more depends civic participation in the year ahead. Yet, report after report has shown that youth, people of color and lower-income individuals face significant barriers to voting and other forms of civic engagement. Fortunately, Silicon Valley has many organizations working within and on behalf of underrepresented communities to ensure that all voices have a role in shaping our future.
SVCF has partnered with Magnify Community to highlight some of the leading organizations strengthening civic participation in Silicon Valley. The nine organizations listed below have significant track records of success, and all have played leadership roles in ongoing efforts to strengthen local democracy. They serve an incredibly diverse set of communities and are constantly finding new ways to amplify their impact. We at SVCF have invested in these organizations for many years, and we hope you will too. If you have questions about this guide or how it was developed, please read our FAQs.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice -Asian Law Caucus (ALC) combines grassroots community engagement, legislation, and litigation to close California's deep and persistent voter participation gaps to ensure the voices of Asian Americans, Latino, and all immigrant and limited-English speaking voters are heard. Founded in 1972, ALC is the nation’s first civil rights organization serving Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that addresses civic participation, immigration, criminal justice reform, national security and civil rights, housing, and workers rights.
2020 Budget: $7.5M
Californians for Justice empowers youth of color to push for racial justice and transform schools into places where all students have the opportunity and support needed to succeed in college, career, and life. Californians for Justice works statewide, and has trained hundreds of youth from San Jose to be community leaders and organizers, and transform school policies.
2020 Budget: $3.5M
A multi-faith, grassroots organization that provides leadership training and experience to community members of many different ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. PACT challenges themselves and all those with power to catalyze a movement to end racial and economic inequalities in Silicon Valley, focusing on economic justice, education equity, immigrant rights, and justice system reform at the local, state, and national levels.
2020 Budget: $1.5M
Promotes self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and a better quality of life for all through legal counseling, community education and community organizing. Asian Law Alliance fosters civic engagement among the many diverse Asian American communities in Santa Clara County and fights for fair elections for all.
2020 Budget: $2.58M
Empowers low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement, and legal services. SIREN believes that all people, regardless of legal status or nationality, are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.
2020 Budget: $2.2M
Activates community leadership to uplift the East San Jose’s Mayfair neighborhood and address systemic inequalities. SOMOS Mayfair ensures that families have access to resources and opportunities to strengthen the community, through leadership development, organizing, and early school success programs.
2020 Budget: $3.5M