State Infrastructure Fund

State Infrastructure Fund

The State Infrastructure Fund (SIF) is a donor collaborative established in 2010 at NEO Philanthropy that works to engage historically disenfranchised communities - including people of color, new citizens, low-income communities, women and young people - in the democratic process and protect their right to vote.  Since its inception, SIF has invested almost $20 million in state networks of high performing organizations that educate, register and mobilize voters; organize communities to advocate on issues and for policies that benefit their members; support expanded access to the polls; and fight efforts to suppress voter participation.  SIF funds both state-based and national organizations that work at the state level in order to directly engage with their target communities. 

Current members of the State Infrastructure Fund include: Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation, JPB Foundation, Walter H. Coulter Foundation, Bauman Foundation, Unbound Philanthropies, Wallace Global Fund, Ford Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Joyce Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an anonymous foundation and individual donor. Each of these collaborative fund members help develop strategy, select states, and recommend potential grantee investments.

 

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