How Civic Organizations Can Develop Effective Leaders, Attract Members, and Enhance American Democracy

Source: Hahrie Han, Scholars Strategy Network, Key Findings, August 2014

…Of course, large numbers of groups already spend billions of dollars each year trying to draw Americans into public action. From elections to advocacy for health reform, jobs, and remedies for climate change, many organizations offer opportunities, and nearly four-fifths of the 60 million civically active adults in America report involvements with civic organizations, community groups, or political campaigns. Yet some of these do a much better job than others at getting –and keeping–
people engaged. Why? …