Multi-entity Infrastructure Building

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Center for Empowered Politics
Amount: $300,000 in 2023 over three years

What is the Center for Empowered Politics?

The Center for Empowered Politics (CEP) is a capacity builder, field builder, and project incubator focused on people of color-led organizations, movement infrastructure, particularly around racial justice, organizing, and power building strategies.

Why do we think this project is important? 

CEP works to close critical gaps in local movement infrastructure and to support better coordination around organizational capacity development for grassroots people of color-led organizations. These needs must be addressed with greater and more coordinated direct investment to movement organizations. This requires cross-pollination of ideas and operational practices between regions and states, and resources to support the long-term development of these structures that can reduce movement reliance upon cyclical and inconsistent funding practices.

Democracy Fund Voice supports work to strengthen infrastructure that serves organizers’ interests, including supporting projects that enable organizations to conduct more sophisticated multi-entity work that ultimately allows for the development of more sustainable fundraising models. CEP equips grassroots organizational leaders with the skills, resources, and technical expertise to conduct multi-entity work, and partners with state-based organizations to develop sustainable local and statewide back-end operations hubs that increase alignment and create efficiencies within local movements.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Center for Empowered Politics? 

In 2023, Democracy Fund Voice approved a three-year grant of $300,000 to the Center for Empowered Politics in support of their Multi-entity Infrastructure Building project.