A range of strategies are needed in order to effectively engage and mobilize voters of color.
The mission of Inclusv is to ensure staff, consultants, and vendors of color are found at every professional level within advocacy, policy, and campaigns and elections. Inclusv works with employers in politics to identify qualified and diverse talent. Inclusv also works with the multiracial talent pool it is connected to, providing w technical assistance and professional development.
There are a number of holes in the knowledge base for how to engage voters of color. AMPRI fills this knowledge base through rigorous, multidisciplinary research. AMPRI’s work helps leading national and state-based non-profits, campaigns, governments, unions, independent expenditures, philanthropists, and donor activists respond to and anticipate changes among the electorate, and thereby become more impactful. Their research and analytical work includes: polls/survey research; focus groups; experiments; targeting; and providing analytics on voter files, demographic data, and administrative data.
Community organizations play a critical role in increasing voter participation in communities of color. Local leaders from the community are trusted messengers. Many times these organizations engage in activities that are complementary to voting (such as organizing) that builds civic power in the community and leads people to feel more hopeful that voting could be worthwhile for them.
PowerPAC.org provides technical assistance to community organizations doing voter work and provides strategic advice and coordination to coalitions of groups conducting larger scale electoral activities. They vet organizations and electoral opportunities to assist donors in identifying priority areas for investment in community groups and help donors achieve maximum political impact with their political giving to such groups.
Southern Elections Fund focuses on on expanding voter participation in the South and in expanding the participation of African American voters nationwide. They work to expand the electorate, develop new leaders of color, and ensure that enhanced electoral power brings progressive change.
Similar to PowerPAC.org, Southern Elections Fund provides technical assistance and strategic advice to community organizations (focusing on organizations serving African Americans). They vet organizations and electoral opportunities to assist donors in identifying priority areas for investment in community groups and help donors achieve maximum political impact with their political giving to such groups.
PowerPAC+ (sister organization to PowerPAC.org) is a leading voice on the role of race in modern American politics. PowerPAC+ is the sponsor of Democracy in Color, a media platform by and for the New American Majority at democracyincolor.com
The Full PDF version of the 2016 Fannie Lou Hamer Report Cards is available here.