This grant to California Forward would support the organization’s ongoing efforts to improve the way government operates in the state. In 2007, five major California foundations, including Hewlett, jointly invested in the launch of California Forward, reflecting shared concerns about the increasing dysfunction of the state’s fiscal and political systems. The organization has since contributed to notable changes in California government, which today is often touted as a model for governance reform. The Foundations’ work with California Forward was initially conceived as a six-year commitment. This grant would conclude our commitment, and support California Forward as it makes the transition to new sources of funding.
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for creating solutions to California’s wildfire crisis
California Forward advocates for shared prosperity across all of California’s regions and for improved government performance and accountability. California Forward hosts the California Economic Summit, a robust network that concentrates on ensuring all Californians have access to economic opportunity, stable housing, quality jobs, and a healthy environment. This grant supports California Forward’s ongoing efforts to generate solutions to the state’s wildfire crisis. (Substrategy: Wildfire)
for the "What's Next California?" statewide deliberative poll
California Forward is a current GOS grantee that intends to carry out over the next three years a statewide conversation and engagement effort designed to support a fiscal realignment plan that shifts significant decisionmaking authority and revenue-raising responsibility from the state to local governments. This project grant is a related but distinct part of this larger effort; linked with California Forward’s other activities, this project has the potential to build significant momentum for reforms. California Forward is part of a consortium of organizations that is organizing and managing a statewide deliberative poll in order to engage and test various reform ideas with ordinary Californians during a weekend of intensive dialogue. Jim Fishkin at Stanford University's Center for Deliberative Democracy developed the deliberative poll concept and model, and he will produce and conduct the poll. It will be conducted with approximately 300-350 Californians randomly drawn from statewide lists of likely voters, offering both a scientifically proven and visible media opportunity to engage state citizens. The consortium has identified state-local restructuring, taxation, initiative process, and representation as the four issue areas best suited for discussion. Jim Lehrer Productions at PBS will work with Mr. Fishkin to manage major media and logistics, and a communications working group will be formed to develop key objectives, messages, and strategies.
for the What's Next California? statewide deliberative poll
This spring, the Foundation awarded a modest grant for "What’s Next, California?," a statewide deliberative poll designed to engage and test various reform ideas with average Californians during a weekend of intensive dialogue. Conducted by Jim Fishkin at Stanford University's Center for Deliberative Democracy, the poll provided a media opportunity to engage state citizens who had been randomly drawn from lists of likely voters. The event was intended to draw approximately 350 Californians; impressively, more than 400 registered—an unprecedented showing for a deliberative poll. The additional numbers are a testament to the event’s success and to Californians’ genuine interest in engaging on important reform issues, but California Forward needs additional funds to cover the unanticipated cost generated by the extra attendees. This supplemental grant would assist in that effort.