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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WAKE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy

RALEIGH, NC   |  www.lwv.org

Mission

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Notes from the nonprofit

Because the budget of our organization is less than $50k, audits have not been recommended by a CPA. However, we are budgeting for a financial review for 2022-2023.

Ruling year info

2021

president

Cheryl Tung

Main address

3509 HAWORTH DRIVE #306

RALEIGH, NC 27609 USA

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EIN

51-0254885

NTEE code info

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The League of Women Voters of Wake County's work consists of programs that focus on the educational needs of voters. Our programs help educate citizens on public policy issues so citizens can be thoughtfully engaged in the democratic process. We seek to improve the public's understanding of local and state government. In addition, through policy advocacy, we encourage transparency and accountability in local and state government.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vote411.org

Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process. LWV-Wake provides local election information on this platform and promotes its use to the citizens of Wake County.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Students
Activists
Retired people

Monthly meetings open to the public that serve to educate the community on a variety of issues that impact our democracy. Past topics include: Election integrity, climate change, voting rights, civility, redistricting, sunshine (open meetings) laws.

Population(s) Served

A monthly open discussion for League members, using a variety of media resources, that promote a greater understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion. The League of Women Voters of Wake County is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in principle and in practice.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

The campaign includes ensuring a free, fair, and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing the organization on the following issue areas:

- Voting Rights: Voting is a fundamental right and all eligible voters should have the equal opportunity to exercise that right. The League is dedicated to ensuring that our elections remain free, fair and accessible.
- Improving Elections: Everyone deserves access to and information about the votes that will shape their communities.

- Campaign Finance/Money in Politics: Elections should be about the voters, not big money interests. It’s time to limit SuperPACs and secret donors to protect representative democracy. Reducing the influence of big money in our politics makes our elections fairer.

Redistricting: Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. We oppose partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters. We promote transparency.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Making Democracy Work

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Membership dues are the primary source of funds for our organization, followed by direct donations. Grants have historically been obtained for new citizenship voter registration and GOTV projects.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Making Democracy Work

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022, we raised approx. 10k from our Women's Equality Day fundraiser, approx. 5k from our Giving Tuesday/End of Year fundraiser and approx. $6k from general donations.

Number of invitations for advocates to speak as experts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Timely Topics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LWV-Wake invites speakers for our Timely Topics program series as well as to many monthly issues committee meetings, such as affordable housing, environment, healthcare and women's rights.

Number of policymakers or candidates reached

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Vote411.org

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Numbers for this metric will fluctuate depending on election year. Numbers include candidate participation in VOTE411 and candidate forums, Women's Equality Day and outreach to NCGA on redistricting.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Making Democracy Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes number of members (active and expired) that receive our bi-weekly newsletter.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Making Democracy Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The is the number of events held that are open to the public.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Increase voter participation in county, municipal, and mid-term elections.
Increase the number of registered voters in Wake County.
Improve voters’ access to information about county and municipal issues and candidates.
Promote election integrity.
Improve public understanding of local and state government.

Register voters who are eligible for voting, e.g. college students and new citizens.
Target GOTV efforts in mid-term and municipal elections.
Raise awareness of the importance of local elections.
Develop educational programs on public policy issues.
Include an action segment for members at the end of each program/event.


We have an active membership who, through committee work, carry out strategies in our priority areas.
Forming partnerships and coalitions with like-minded nonpartisan organizations, allow us to expand our reach.
Being part of both a state and national organization provides us with additional resources to meet our goals.

Please read our annual report for specific progress.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WAKE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cheryl Tung

LWV Wake County North Carolina

Term: 2023 - 2024

Retta Riordan

LWV Wake County North Carolina

Laurel Voelker

LWV Wake County North Carolina

Dale Cousins

LWV Wake County North Carolina

Elaine Okal

LWV Wake County North Carolina

Sandra Birckhead

LWV of Wake County North Carolina

Kristen Howard

LWV of Wake County North Carolina

Mary Lelik

LWV of Wake County North Carolina

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.