In November 2020, 159 million people turned out to vote—turnout not seen in more than a century. And they did so in the face of a deadly pandemic, economic recession, and racial conflict.
Many of those voters were the same people who were hit the hardest by these events—Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); young people; and other marginalized groups—yet were determined to exercise their hard-fought right to vote. That participation was a game changer, transforming the electoral map in ways the pundits and polls never saw coming. Central to this transformation is NEO Philanthropy’s State Infrastructure Fund (SIF). Since 2010, the State Infrastructure Fund has raised more than $141M to support 140-plus state-based and national nonpartisan organizations in 17 states doing this work; $56M of this total was received during the 2020 election run-up. Read about SIFs strategy of increasing civic participation among people of color and other historically underrepresented communities and protecting their right to vote as well as important lessons learned and takeaways from the last election cycle in the new report, “Slow and Steady Wins the Race: 10 Years of the State Infrastructure Fund.”