Local Voices Report Cover

In 2005, with generous funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the LWVEF launched "Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities." This project had three main components: public deliberations in ten communities across the country, focus groups and quantitative public opinion research to explore attitudes and values toward homeland security and civil liberties. The findings the Local Voices project are chronicled in this report.

A healthy League regards fundraising more as a matter of fund development, a process of building long-term relationships with your League?s supporters, in order to build a base of support that will sustain, for the long-term, the broad range of work your League accomplishes in issue advocacy, voter service, and citizen education and engagement.

The Ten Immutable Laws of the (Fundraising) Universe

by Carl Richardson

Effective Meetings with Members of Congress

June 24, 2005

A face-to-face meeting with a member of Congress is one of the best ways to influence his or her position. Below are some tips to help you prepare and plan for your next meeting with a member of Congress.

Before the Meeting

A 52-page, downloadable PDF fundraising handbook to help League leaders develop strategies and relationship building skills. 

Web Resources for the Savvy Fundraiser

Foundations / Corporations & Proposals:
The Foundation Center
The Council on Foundations
Community Foundation locator: http://www.communityfoundationlocator.org/search/index.cfm

July 22, 2005

  Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
  Kay J. Maxwell, President
  Campaign Finance Reform

The League of Women Voters urges you to oppose H.R. 1316, the Pence-Wynn bill, and support H.R. 513, the Shays-Meehan legislation.

July 14, 2005

  Members of the U.S. Senate
  Vote ‘No’ on S. 1082 to Repeal D.C.’s Gun Laws
  LWVUS and other organizations

Dear Senator:

June 29, 2005

TO: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
FROM: Kay J. Maxwell, President
RE: H.R. 1316, Repeal of Campaign Finance Limitations

The League of Women Voters strongly urges you to oppose H.R. 1316. The legislation, reported by the House Administration Committee, is a dangerous retreat to the days of huge special interest contributions to office holders, candidates and the political parties.