Founded in 2000 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Common Cause Education Fund (CCEF) secures and invests philanthropic support from individuals and foundations in service to a democracy that represents and responds to every person in this country – equitably, transparently, and accountably. Via programs that educate, engage, and empower, we endeavor to ensure that government officials at all levels – local, state, and federal – center the peoples’ voices, perspectives, and rights in their actions, laws, and policies.
Through education, outreach, trainings, research, publications, litigation, and awareness building, CCEF’s national office and 25+ state offices work in concert with each other to identify and rectify threats to our shared democracy. A democracy handed down from our forebearers – men who were undeniably flawed. Men who also established a republic in which the principles of human liberty and equality were able to take root and flourish as nowhere else.
Today, these principles are being appropriated and exploited buy those whose motivations are rooted in anything but patriotism. They are instead rooted in prejudice, xenophobia, and arrogance. From voter suppression to partisan gerrymandering to silencing speech to disinformation campaigns to shady political funding – all actions that satisfy a thirst for consolidated and unearned power.
Alongside our allies and advocates – and alongside you – we will not rest while such individuals and forces try to trample on U.S. Constitution. Try to keep you and your community marginalized, uncounted, and uncared for.
These are anxious times for our democracy, and the best antidote to anxiety is activism. Won’t you join us today?