Giving Compass' Take:
- Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement provides three strategies for philanthropy to improve civic learning.
- How can funders best execute these strategies? Which of these strategies would best serve your community?
- Read about the importance of civic engagement.
What is Giving Compass?
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Philanthropy can play a unique and powerful role as a community convener. Foundations and funders who know their communities well can bring schools, nonprofits, businesses, policymakers, and others together to develop a comprehensive action plan to strengthen and increase civic learning. This kind of community collaboration has happened in Illinois and Florida, which can be looked to as models.
- Support states and school districts in implementing the 6 proven practices of civic learning
- Support innovations in civic learning
- Support collection of data for improvement
The research on civic learning is clear. Proven practices set young people on a course to become active participants in our system of government. At the same time, many of our nation’s young people lack access to that knowledge. In order for our republic to realize its full potential in a diverse and technologically advanced future, we need informed citizenry who actively participate in and trust our government.