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VoteAmerica Democracy Fund

INTRODUCING THE DEMOCRACY FUND

The 2020 election was one of the most important in our lifetime. The control of our government was at stake, but so was the democratic foundation of our country. Together – with your partnership – we registered, educated, and mobilized voters to turn out in record numbers.

Now, insurrectionists and far-right anti-democracy extremists continue to attack our free and fair elections. In state legislatures across the country, we’ve seen an onslaught of attacks on voting rights, with over 400 bills presented or passed in 48 states. These bills are the result of decades-long efforts to disenfranchise large swaths of the American public, muting them and blocking them from power.

This is the real fight for democracy: not one election, but the long-term, comprehensive work of protecting against these threats and building the pluralistic society to which we aspire. As we move into a new phase at VoteAmerica, we’re shifting our attention to the larger, years-long effort to protect and advance democracy. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of the VoteAmerica Democracy Fund. Investments in VoteAmerica now will sustain the fight and build the capacity to do critical work between and across election cycles.

Your 2020 investment helped mobilize record voter turnout in the most important election of our lifetime. Making an ongoing investment represents your commitment to protecting the principles of American democracy.

DEMOCRACY FUND INVESTMENT LEVELS

Democracy requires an investment of our time, our energy, and our money. We hope you'll invest at the highest level at which you are comfortable. All Democracy Fund investors are recognized and rewarded, but the greater reward is being able to sleep at night knowing that you are doing everything you can to fight back against the concentrated assault on our democracy.

Torchbearers – $100,000+

  • Our leadership team hosts a private lunch or dinner event for you and 10 of your family/friends
  • 3 one-on-one meetings per year with VoteAmerica CEO, Debra Cleaver
  • Invitation to all VoteAmerica in-person and virtual events for you and 4 guests
  • Invitation to our virtual speaker series for you and 4 guests
  • Quarterly group update call with VoteAmerica CEO, Debra Cleaver
  • Yearly recognition gift, sent around the holiday season
  • Recognition in the VoteAmerica annual report and on the VoteAmerica website
  • $1000 in credit to spend at the VoteAmerica online store
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica online store

Vanguards – $50,000+

  • 2 one-on-one meetings per year with VoteAmerica CEO, Debra Cleaver
  • Invitation to all VoteAmerica in-person and virtual events for you and 2 guests
  • Invitation to our virtual speaker series for you and 2 guests
  • Quarterly group update call with VoteAmerica CEO, Debra Cleaver
  • Yearly recognition gift, sent around the holiday season
  • Inclusion on the VoteAmerica VIP email list
  • Recognition in the VoteAmerica annual report and on the VoteAmerica website
  • $500 in credit to spend at the VoteAmerica online store
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica online store

Freedom Fighters – $25,000+

  • Quarterly group update call with VoteAmerica CEO, Debra Cleaver
  • Invitation to all VoteAmerica in-person and virtual events for you and 1 guest
  • Invitation to our virtual speaker series for you and 1 guest
  • Yearly recognition gift, sent around the holiday season
  • Inclusion on the VoteAmerica VIP email list
  • Recognition in the VoteAmerica annual report and on the VoteAmerica website
  • $250 in credit to spend at the VoteAmerica online store
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica online store

Sentinels – $10,000+

  • Quarterly group update call with VoteAmerica CEO, Debra Cleaver
  • Invitation to all VoteAmerica in-person and virtual events
  • Invitation to our virtual speaker series
  • Yearly recognition gift, sent around the holiday season
  • Inclusion on the VoteAmerica VIP email list
  • Recognition in the VoteAmerica annual report and on the VoteAmerica website
  • $100 in credit to spend at the VoteAmerica online store
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica online store

Guardians – $5,000+

  • Quarterly group update call with VoteAmerica CEO, Debra Cleaver
  • Invitation to our virtual speaker series
  • Yearly recognition gift, sent around the holiday season
  • Recognition in the VoteAmerica annual report and on the website
  • Inclusion on our CEO's VIP email list
  • $50 in credit to spend at the VoteAmerica store
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica online store

Champions – $2,500+

  • Quarterly group update call with VoteAmerica CEO, Debra Cleaver
  • Inclusion on our CEO's VIP email list
  • Recognition in the VoteAmerica annual report and on the website
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica store

Defenders – $1,000+

  • Recognition in the VoteAmerica annual report and on the website
  • Inclusion on our CEO's VIP email list
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica store

Sustainers – $500+

  • Recognition on the VoteAmerica website
  • Inclusion on our CEO's VIP email list
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica store

Supporters – $250+

  • Recognition on the VoteAmerica website
  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica store
  • Our sincere gratitude

Activists – $100+

  • Member discounts at the VoteAmerica store
  • Our sincere gratitude

WAYS TO GIVE

VoteAmerica makes it easy to invest. We accept online donations, bank wires and ACH, investments directly from your donor-advised fund (DAF), and stock transfers. We'll be adding support for crypto donations shortly. We even accept paper checks.

Donate online (credit card, debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay)

Donate through your DAF. To make a gift, provide your DAF with your your name, your address and VoteAmerica's Tax ID# 84-3442002, along with the amount you wish to give, and instruct your DAF that the gift is to support the Democracy Fund.

Donate stocks. You can transfer stock directly to VoteAmerica via our partner, Stockdonator.com. Click here to donate stock.

Set up a wire or ACH transfer. Electronic fund transfers are great. Click here to find our account information.

Does your employer match? Click here to search for your employer.

Send a check via the mail. Please note: USPS postal delivery is currently very, very slow. You might want to consider UPS or Fedex, with signature required.

VoteAmerica, Inc
Attn: Daniel McCarthy
1213 Walnut Street, #2402
Philadelphia, PA 19107

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I donate to the Democracy Fund?
VoteAmerica makes it easy to invest. We accept online donations, paper checks, bank wires and ACH, donations made via donor-advised funds (DAFs), and donations of stock. We'll soon accept crypto currencies. Find out all the ways you can donate here.

What is a Democracy Fund membership?
VoteAmerica has created a number of membership levels that are tied to investment levels, so that fund members are recognized for their generosity. As investment levels increase, so do the membership benefits. Membership is based on unrestricted gifts made or facilitated by an individual and their spouse during a calendar year. Fund members are publicly recognized in the year after their investment (meaning that 2021 Democracy Fund members will be recognized in the 2022 VoteAmerica annual report). Your Democracy Fund membership is good for one year (365 days) and is renewable annually. Your benefits will be active as long as your membership is active.

Do you accept employer matches?
We sure do. Many companies and foundations will match the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members and retirees. To find out if a particular company or foundation has a matching gift program, check VoteAmerica's matching gifts database. Click here to see if your employer matches donations.

Can I set up a monthly investment?
You can set your gift to be automatically charged to your credit card on a monthly basis via our secure online giving site. Simply select the "monthly" option on the giving page. Recurring gifts ensure that we can focus on registering and turning out voters, and not on asking you for money :) Click here to set up a monthly contribution.

Is it really important to support the Democracy Fund every single year?
Yes! Elections happen every year, not just every four years. There are over 519,000 elected officials in the United States, and most of them are elected during low-turnout races that happen during the "off years." Consistent giving allows VoteAmerica to register and turn out voters every year.

Why should I consider a multi-year investment?
Because elections happen every year, not just every four years. There are over 519,000 elected officials in the United States, and most of them are elected during low-turnout races that happen during the "off years." A multi-year pledge ensures that we can get voters to the polls during municipal and state elections, which broadens the electorate and increases government accountability. Please contact finance@voteamerica.com if you're interested in setting up a multi-year investment.

What is the deadline for making an investment?
Each year’s Democracy Fund campaign ends on December 31.