Civic Engagement Beyond Voting


Organization Name Civic Engagement Beyond Voting
Initial Tier Ranking 1
Priority Tier 1
Total Budget Gap $60,500
c3 Voter Registration Gap N/A
c4 Voter Registration Gap $60,500
PAC Voter Registration Gap
Date of Submission 9/22/2023 10:55:54
Program Summary Youth organizer and spokesperson will hold voter registration events at high schools in partnership with the Civics Center, prioritizing Mohave, Pinal, Yuma, & Cochise Counties.
Program States AZ
Program States old Arizona
Cost per VR card Our first high school registration event (pilot) achieved 90 new voters. Our second event, which is organized statewide in 20 schools, should conservatively net 1,000 voters. We are repeating the voter registration weeks, which are entirely peer-led, in April and October 2024. Our goal is to reach 50 schools in spring 2024 and 100 schools in fall 2024. The sum of these events, at 50 new voters per event, is 8,590 new voters at a cost of $7.04 per voter.
Reported Cost per VR Card $7.04
Cost-card believability
CaPA Notes on Reported Cost per Card They calculated based on the program budget provided / total # of VRs they plan to collect so it’s a solid calculation, but the program budget does not include overhead.
Estimated Cost per VR Card $7.04
Adjustment made for cost-card
RYVF Overlay Youth
RYVF Score 1
Pooled Grant Givers Rural Democracy Initiative
Organization’s Legal Status
2022 or 2023 Expenses
2024 Budgets
Organization Mission Statement Civic Engagement Beyond Voting exists to engage Arizonans with their state and local government, to amplify the voices of everyday people, and advance progressive ideas in our state.
Organization Leadership Women-led
Lead Contact Name Catherine Sigmon
Lead Contact Title Co-Director, Finance & Operations Dir
Lead Contact Email
Lead Contact Phone 480 861 7988
Email Address-other
Lead Contact Pronouns she/her
Core Constituencies engaged in VR program Youth and Students (aged 15-35)
Issue Focus Issues that matter most to youth: the climate emergency, LGBTQ+ rights, access to abortion & contraception, gun violence prevention
Tactics for collecting voter registration cards Multiple voter registration events in high schools, in partnership with The Civics Center
Geographic Focus Rural, Suburban / Ex-urban, Small city (<100k), Urban - Large city (>100k),
Jurisdictional Focus
Program Budgets Organizing Staff: $48,000 (youth organizer $30K, spokesperson $18K)
Travel: $8,000 (focus on Mohave, Pinal, Yuma, & Cochise Counties, where voter suppression is most at risk in 2024)
Materials: (posters, flyers, palm cards) $4,500
Budget gaps Our budget gap for this program is its entirety: $60,500. We will exhaust our reserves by the end of the year.
Partnerships The Civics Center, Indivisible
Follow up call requested?
Follow up questions We’d like to better understand what the process of organizing a voter reg drive looks like – are they recruiting student leaders at each school or cold calling and setting up a table?
Question Sent Date January 19th, 2024
Question Response Our methodology relies entirely on high school student volunteers, whom we recruit through the extensive network of contacts we’ve developed over 7 years of organizing in Arizona. We firmly believe that voter registration events run by students for their peers are enormously more effective and successful than a group of adults “parachuting” into a school environment. We and The Civics Center offer them support, guidance, and assistance in any way we can, but the events are run by students themselves. Students (again, with our assistance if needed) obtain permission from the school administration and recruit a faculty sponsor.
We put the word out through graphics, social media, and emails to our followers, asking them to recruit students that they know–their own kids, kids of friends or neighbors, or any other way of reaching high school students. We have several groups who are currently scouring contacts at local high schools for students to run drives. We have also reached out to school board members and teachers with whom we have contact to ask them to help as well.
Our paid Youth Organizers–we currently have 2–are also working their friends and contacts to recruit students to run drives. So far we haven’t had to resort to cold calls! Last fall we recruited over 45 students who ended up running drives in 17 high schools around Arizona. This is the form we use. I’ll attach some fantastic photos!
Also, we’re incredibly proud that one of our youth leaders, Sarakanti Iyer, was awarded the John L. Lewis Youth Leadership Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State for her work helping to organize high school voter registration drives. An article is here, and a profile of Sara is here.
Response Date January 19th, 2024
Org Type 1 $2
Org Size 1 $1
Program Impact 1 $2
Program Efficiency 1 $1
Leadership & engagement 1
Ideological Targeting 1 $2
Creative 1 $2
Impact of previous Voter Registration programs
How many voter registration cards does your organization plan to collect in 2024
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