League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO)

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

DENVER, CO   |  www.lwvcolorado.org

Mission

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy. We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Beth Hendrix

Main address

1410 GRANT STREET B204

DENVER, CO 80203 USA

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EIN

84-1135313

NTEE code info

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Voting is a fundamental right and all eligible voters should have the equal opportunity to exercise that right. The League of Women Voters of Colorado is dedicated to ensuring that our elections remain free, fair and accessible. We engage thousands of voters every year ensuring Americans have the information they need to participate in elections that determine our future. We promote social and economic justice as well as the health and safety of all Americans to defend democracy.

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?

Voter Education

The League of Women Voters of Colorado provides nonpartisan information on state ballot issues to give voters the knowledge and confidence to vote. We do this through our VOTE411.org website, a voter hotline, and a printed booklet that is distributed statewide through public libraries and affiliate Leagues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The League of Women Voters of Colorado's volunteers register people to vote.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

The League of Women Voters of Colorado develops positions through consensus on issues of the day. Volunteers advocate these positions at the State Legislature.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The League of Women Voters of Colorado supports 20 municipal/regional Leagues around the state, providing technical assistance, education, and grants to encourage grassroots involvement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Medallion Award 2021

National Association of Secretaries of State

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Hours of volunteer service

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers are likely highly underestimated due to the extreme modesty of our amazing volunteers.

Number of votes for or against specific policies

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric highly depends on the makeup of the Legislature, the number of bills introduced, etc.

Total number of organization members

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

We provide education on ballot issues, offer voter registration events, and advocate for fair and balanced policies that promote equity and justice.

In Colorado, the League of Women Voters (LWVCO) was organized in 1928. Throughout its history, members have researched, studied, discussed, and reached consensus on many controversial issues. The League in Colorado has had an impact in many areas of government through our statewide membership network of activists.

Some of our notable achievements include:
-- Merit Selection of Judges (Constitutional Amendment 1966)
-- Independent Reapportionment Commission (Constitutional Amendment 1974)
-- “Motor Voter” Voter Registration at Motor Vehicle Sites (Statutory Amendment 1984)
-- “GAVEL” – “Give A Vote to Every Legislator” – Legislative Reform (Constitutional Amendment 1988)
-- Support for Referendum C, – Five-Year Timeout from TABOR (Statutory Amendment 2005)
-- Passage of Amendments Y & Z, eliminating gerrymandering
-- Accurate Residency for Redistricting; Funding for Redistricting Commissions (2020)
-- Law Enforcement Reforms/Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity (2020)
-- Repeal Death Penalty (2020)
-- Environment/Climate & Energy (2020)
-- Expand Markets for Recycled Materials (2020)
-- Air Quality Measures (2020)
-- Colorado Secure Savings Plan (2020)
-- COVID-19 Related Measures: Rent & Mortgage Assistance; Utilities Assistance; Paid Sick Leave (2020)
-- HB 1311 – Income Taxes (2021)
-- SB 173 – Rights in Residential Lease Agreements (2021)
-- HB 1232 – Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option (2021)
-- HB 1106 -- Safe Storage of Firearms (2021)
-- SB 78 -- Lost or Stolen Firearms (2021)
-- HB 1255 -- Protection Order Issued Against Domestic Abuser (2021)
-- HB 1011 – Multilingual Ballot Access (2021)
-- SB 199 – Removing Barriers to Certain Public Opportunities (2021)



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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We regularly survey our membership but serve the general public as well.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We've organized two statewide task forces (Affordable Housing and News Access & Literacy) in the last two months based on member feedback and interest.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    As we've increased communications with the people we serve, there's been an increase in engagement due to increased feelings of accessibility and welcome. It's leveled the playing field by amplifying voices outside of traditional leadership, making LWVCO more equitable and reflective.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

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 Colorado (LWVCO)

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Sheek

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Term: 2019 - 2022

Barbarba Whinery

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Irene Tynes

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Bonnie Seals

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Toni Larson

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Sharon Davis

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Lena Brown

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Chris Humphries

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Connie Fox

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Veniece Miller

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Beth Malmskog

League of Women Voters of Colorado

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 ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/21/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/21/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.