Better Angels California
Tackling the Unique Challenges and Opportunities of the Golden State
California is the largest and among the most 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.
Our state is also highly varied demographically, giving us a chance to include voices from many backgrounds in the conversation, exposing people to a wide range of experiences.
While much of the population is concentrated on the coast, there are vast areas of the state, including rural populations and other underserved areas, that want to have their voices heard.
Size and economy
California alone is one of the largest economies in the world, and its scale presents a great opportunity for effective initiatives.
Better Angels has created an office in California, led by Director Randy Lioz, dedicated to meeting these unique challenges and opportunities
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 work with a range of institutions, from service organizations to the academy, to ensure that we give as many different types of participants a chance to build our civic relationships.
We’re using technology and partnerships with library networks to improve rural access to Better Angels programs. We’re also partnering with leaders in underserved urban communities to help them gain access to the policy conversation.
We’re working with the national office to develop innovative ways to measure the success of Better Angels’ programming, through research and tech solutions.
Media Project: Tell Your Story
We’ve heard from many folks across California, especially from Reds, that they can’t talk about their beliefs out of fear of being ostracized, both socially and professionally.
We seek to document these stories for a media project that can help us illustrate the issue.
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
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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.