The guides.vote team is raising money to produce our widely praised nonpartisan guides and to distribute them to as wide an audience as possible. As our Impact Summary describes, we produced 46 guides in 2022, our initial year. For the critical 2024 cycle, we’ll produce guides to the most significant and contested state and national races, from the Presidency to US Senate and gubernatorial races, along with Secretary of State races, state Supreme Court races, and US House races, with the latter including updating our national US House guide and adding key individual House races. As we have since the guides’ inception, we’ll translate all relevant guides into Spanish.
Guides cost roughly $3,500 apiece to research, write, edit, review for nonpartisanship, translate, and publish. We’ll also be investing in outreach staffers who will get even more organizations to distribute them and expand on a previous list of groups that distributed or promoted them. We distributed 500,000 copies in 2022 through partners from the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, and Mi Familia Vota to Nonprofit Vote, Vote.org, and the US Vote Foundation, as well as Teen Vogue, MTV, and our fiscal sponsor, Youth Service America, and campus-focused groups like Andrew Goodman Foundation and Campus Vote Project. We distributed as many printed guides in six 2023 races as in all of 2022, as partners stepped up to greater commitment.
Your support will also let us approach key influencers like those who reached 780,000 people through TikToks we commissioned. We’ll also be hiring a top-flight social media person to produce plug and play toolkits for partners and promote the guides more generally.
Here’s what your money will support. For more information, see our Impact Summary.
Donations, which are tax deductible, should be made out to our 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, Youth Service America (EIN 52-1500870) with a note saying For guides.vote project.
Please make checks or Donor Advised Fund contributions* payable to:
Youth Service America
PO Box #65525
Washington, DC 20035-5525.
*Please note that it’s for the guides.vote project. If you give through a DAF or community fund, ask them to please include your name so we know who it’s from (we have a lot of people giving through places like Schwab and Fidelity).
For additional information on supporting guides.vote, please contact Managing Director Payge Hardy.
Achieving America Foundation, Aspen Community Foundation, Ben & Jerry’s/Unilever, Bydale Foundation, Copen Family Fund, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Denver Community Foundation, Des Moines Community Foundation, The Education Foundation of America, Global Impact, Impact Investments, Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Richmond Community Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropies, Rodney White Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Tides Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, William Bullitt Foundation, Zegar Family Foundation, and Zevin Asset Management.