Snapshot: Five Reasons to Support the NewDEAL Forum

The NewDEAL
4 min readNov 27, 2023
Support the NewDEAL Forum at https://www.newdealforum.org/donate

Across the globe, Giving Tuesday is a celebration of humanity and generosity following Thanksgiving. While we know that there are countless causes to support at this time of year, we hope that you’ll consider donating to the NewDEAL Forum as we continue our crucial work to improve the lives of all Americans with data-backed, future-focused, and pro-growth policy solutions to address the most pressing issues facing our nation today.

To help you better understand what your contribution will support, we’ve outlined the top five reasons to support the NewDEAL Forum this Giving Tuesday. To make a donation of any amount, please visit https://www.newdealforum.org/donate and reach out to our Development Manager Casey Pollard with any questions. Here are five reasons why you should support the NewDEAL Forum:

  1. Standing Up for Democracy. The NewDEAL Forum’s Democracy Working Group is a nationally recognized policy task force led by Secretaries of State Adrian Fontes (Arizona) and Jocelyn Benson (Michigan), Nevada Assemblymember Sandra Jauregui, and Montgomery County, PA, Commissioner Ken Lawrence. In February of 2023, the group released the Democracy Playbook, a guide for state and local leaders charting over 40 key methods for bolstering election integrity, expanding voting access, and championing civic engagement. The Playbook was lauded by the Washington Post, POLITICO, and Newsweek as a “comprehensive roadmap of where most mainstream Democratic election officials and left-of-center policy experts believe the actual mechanics of running an election should head.”
  2. Investing in Climate Solutions. With the support of co-chairs California Senator Ben Allen, New Hampshire Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, and Newport News, VA Mayor Phillip Jones, the NewDEAL Forum Climate Policy Group is a key channel for pressing climate conversations, focused on clean energy solutions that not only counter climate change but also create high quality jobs for Americans. This year, the Forum has hosted multiple conversations on leading strategies like carbon dioxide removal technology and methods for leveraging the influx of federal resources from the Biden Administration in state and local climate solutions. NewDEAL Forum CEO Debbie Cox Bultan underscored the mission of the group best in her recent op-ed for Route Fifty when she directed leaders at all levels of government to “commit to an ‘all of the above’ climate strategy.”
  3. Bridging the Digital Divide. Led by co-chairs Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, North Carolina Senator Jay Chaudhuri, and Fulton County, GA, Commissioner Dana Barrett, the Broadband Task Force is a leading champion for equitable access to affordable, high quality broadband services. In October, the group sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to expand funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), an initiative created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that subsidizes high-speed internet for more than 20 million Americans. The Broadband Task Force works diligently to identify and share policy solutions that build out new broadband networks, tackle rural connectivity, improve K-12 student access, expand access to telehealth, and support digital skills training.
  4. Advocating for Educational Equity. As schools around the nation continue to recover from and evolve with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum’s Education Policy Group plays an active role in policy analysis and implementation focused on ensuring students’ success in schools and in the workplace beyond graduation. Most recently the task force hosted a conversation on digital equity in schools, hearing from Tennessee Senator Raumesh Akbari and Washington Senator Marko Liias about the shortcomings of current policies and opportunities for growth. As a result, the group published an informational resource for state and local leaders across the country for addressing gaps in education with digital tools.
  5. Collaborating with State and Local Innovators. As historic federal funding unlocked by the Biden Administration continues to make its way to the states, elected officials at the state and local level play an increasingly important role in allocating and leveraging funds to meet the needs of their communities. Thanks to collaboration with our sister organization, the NewDEAL, and it’s 200+ forward-thinking elected officials, and other partnerships in the policy space, the NewDEAL Forum is able to work directly with policymakers to identify obstacles to expanding economic opportunity and create groundbreaking policy solutions that can be spread across the country.

This Giving Tuesday, expand our impact and invest in the policies of the future by supporting the NewDEAL Forum. Your contributions allow us to continue to provide states and localities with the necessary tools to solve policy challenges facing our democracy, climate, education systems, and more. Support our work at https://www.newdealforum.org/donate.

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