Elections, voting, organizing, activism: these are powerful tools for everyday people to shape the decisions that affect our lives. Yet too often, the deck is stacked against the communities who need access to these opportunities the most. How can philanthropy use year-round civic engagement – not just voting - to deepen community participation, empower grassroots leaders, and make progress on pressing social issues.
Whatever your funding priorities, join GWP on December 3 to hear how various elements of civic engagement can advance them. Over lunch, following GWP’s annual member meeting, we will hear from Ashish Sina, Program Director at the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, about the important role foundations can play in informing public debates and increasing civic participation. Ashish will also be leading the Civic Engagement Matters Workshop for GWP members the following day.
Then we will be joined by Michael Horvath, Pittsburgh Field Office Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. After learning about the process of gaining citizenship and hearing personal stories from several prospective citizens, GWP members will have the honor of observing a brief Naturalization Ceremony and Oath of Allegiance.
We hope members will stay on to celebrate the new U.S. citizens with a champagne toast and dessert reception!
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Registration
*12:00 PM – 12:30 PM GWP Annual Member Meeting
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Keynote Speaker
Philanthropy’s Role in Civic Engagement
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Faces of America: Naturalization Ceremony
Michael Horvath, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dessert Reception and Celebration
*Lunch will be served.
Registration will close at noon on Thursday, November 29th.
Please note: As a special addition to this year’s annual meeting, for members who are interested in practical ways to increase their work in civic engagement, we will be offering a workshop with The Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) the following morning. Click here to be taken to that registration page.