Better Angels California
Tackling the Unique Challenges and Opportunities of the Golden State
California is the largest and among the most politically diverse states; it’s also among the most polarized
Diversity of thought
While outsiders see California as merely a blue state, it is actually highly politically diverse. While areas like L.A. and San Francisco are indeed very progressive, the Golden State has been a cradle of modern conservatism since Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
While much of the population is concentrated on the coast, there are vast swaths of rural areas that are heavily conservative.
Size and economy
California alone is one of the largest economies in the world, and its scale presents a great opportunity for effective initiatives
We’re partnering with the national Better Angels office to develop programs within California that can help our membership to better reflect the country we seek to serve, in both ideology and demographics.
We’re using technology and partnerships with library networks to improve rural access to Better Angels programs. This will also serve our goal of including a wider range of political voices.
With the entertainment industry and a concentration of philanthropists of all political leanings, California offers growth opportunities for the organization as a whole.
This campaign seeks to raise $30,000. The money will do two things:
- Provide a funding bridge while Better Angels works with foundations to secure grants to fully fund the work of the office
- Kick off programs in Southern California to address these needs, which can be rolled out to the rest of the state, and the country at large, once they’re fully developed
Better Angels also draws funding from foundations across the political spectrum. Our 990 Forms – the annual IRS-required “Returns of Organizations Exempt from Income Tax” – filed as Institute for American Values, are the most detailed reports of our yearly expenditures and sources of income. These reports are publicly available online at www.guidestar.org.