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PIVOT (Powerful Innovations for Voter Organizing and Transformation Fund)

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Type:

Funding Collaborative

Parent Organization:

California Community Foundation

Director:

Diana Colin

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PIVOT, also known as the Powerful Innovations for Voter Organizing and Transformation Fund, is a left-of-center grantmaking collaborative housed within the California Community Foundation that provides grants to local organizations in California to build voting power among minority communities likely to support left-of-center causes and candidates. The group announced its initial cohort of grantee organizations in late 2023, announcing $7 million in funding to 14 organizations to conduct either statewide or regional voter outreach projects in California. Funders of the project include the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the East Bay Community Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. 1 2 The project is directed by Diana Colin of the California Community Foundation. 3

Background

PIVOT was formed in 2023 and is housed within the California Community Foundation, which operates as the fiscal sponsor for the project. California Community Foundation also lends its tax-exempt status and staff resources to the project. California Community Foundation holds over $1.5 billion in assets and has a long history of supporting left-of-center causes. 4 5

PIVOT is among several projects and initiatives formed within left-of-center grantmaking foundations ahead of the 2024 elections that prioritize get-out-the-vote campaigns with an emphasis on minority communities. A joint op-ed appeared in Inside Philanthropy in 2024 by Cathy Cha, president and CEO of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and Ralph Lewin, the executive director of the Peter E. Haas, Jr. Family Fund, stated a commitment from their organizations and others to funding left-of-center “democracy” related organizations and projects, specifically citing PIVOT as one such initiative alongside the Democracy Policy Initiative at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, the State Infrastructure Fund at NEO Philanthropy, and the Marin Community Foundation’s Safeguarding Democracy Fund. 6 7

Activity

In December 2023, PIVOT announced its inaugural cohort of 14 advocacy groups that would receive a total of $7 million in funding to promote voting-related programing within minority communities within the state. The group’s press release stated a goal of “working to build political power among communities of color, advance racial justice, and win lasting systems change in California.” 8

Grantees included AAPIs for Civic Empowerment, Bay Rising, the California Black Power Network, Communities for a New California Education Fund, Million Voters Project, MOVE the Valley, and PICO California. 9

Funders

Listed funders of PIVOT include the Akonadi Foundation, the California Community Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the East Bay Community Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation. 10

Leadership

Diana Colin is the director of PIVOT and a program officer at the California Community Foundation. She previously worked at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and CHIRLA Action Fund as the political director and led the Immigrant Political Power Project, a statewide electoral program for immigrants that is a co-founder of the Immigrant Power PAC. 11

She was part of the CREDO Super PAC andthe Take Down the Tea Party Ten Campaign, a 2012 campaign to remove ten Tea Party Representatives from office. 12

References

  1. “Fueling Transformative Innovations in Voter Organizing.” Pivot. Accessed July 1, 2024. https://pivotcalifornia.org/.
  2. Leading Organizers and Funders Launch Collaborative Fund to Expand Democracy and Build Lasting Power for Communities of Color in California, n.d. https://pivotcalifornia.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Grantmaking-Press-Release.pdf.
  3. Diana Colín – director of powerful innovations for voter organizing and transofrmation (pivot) – california community foundation | linkedin. Accessed July 2, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-col%C3%ADn-802427159/.
  4. “Foundation Stats: Largest Foundations by Total Giving.” Guidestar. Accessed February 7, 2020. http://data.foundationcenter.org/#/foundations/all/nationwide/top:assets/list/2015
  5. “Fueling Transformative Innovations in Voter Organizing.” Pivot. Accessed July 1, 2024. https://pivotcalifornia.org/.
  6. Cha, Cathy and Lewin, Ralph. “Why All Funders Should be Democracy Funders.”
    Inside Philanthropy. June 11, 2024. Accessed June 24, 2024. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2024/6/11/why-all-funders-should-be-democracy-funders
  7. “Fueling Transformative Innovations in Voter Organizing.” Pivot. Accessed July 1, 2024. https://pivotcalifornia.org/.
  8. Leading Organizers and Funders Launch Collaborative Fund to Expand Democracy and Build Lasting Power for Communities of Color in California, n.d. https://pivotcalifornia.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Grantmaking-Press-Release.pdf.
  9. Leading Organizers and Funders Launch Collaborative Fund to Expand Democracy and Build Lasting Power for Communities of Color in California, n.d. https://pivotcalifornia.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Grantmaking-Press-Release.pdf.
  10. “Partners.” Pivot. Accessed July 1, 2024. https://pivotcalifornia.org/#partners
  11. “Diana Colín.” California Community Foundation, October 8, 2021. https://www.calfund.org/about-ccf/staff-archive-1-30-24/jarrett-tomas-barrios/education-immigration/diana-colin/.
  12. “Diana Colín.” California Community Foundation, October 8, 2021. https://www.calfund.org/about-ccf/staff-archive-1-30-24/jarrett-tomas-barrios/education-immigration/diana-colin/.
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PIVOT (Powerful Innovations for Voter Organizing and Transformation Fund)


Los Angeles, CA