Citizens in Charge Foundation

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Citizens in Charge Foundation
President:Paul Jacob
Affiliated with:Citizens in Charge
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The Citizens in Charge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Virginia. The foundation is dedicated to promoting the initiative & referendum process.[1]

Citizens in Charge Foundation works with activists, media, educators, opinion leaders and voters to protect the initiative & referendum process where it exists in 24 states and to expand the process to the 26 states where voters currently lack the initiative. Citizens in Charge Foundation works across party lines to educate the public on the benefits of citizen initiative, referendum and recall and also litigates to protect and expand those rights.

Citizens in Charge Foundation empowers grassroots leaders across the country through their Citizen State Coordinator Program. These volunteer coordinators make a difference by engaging in activities at the local and state level to protect and defend the ballot initiative process. Our team of Citizen State Coordinators mobilizes “boots-on-the-ground” activists, meets and works with elected officials and opinion leaders, and hosts educational events.

To rapidly build coalitions, Citizens in Charge Foundation provides small start-up grants to organizations in the 24 states that have statewide initiative and referendum rights. These grants allow state organizations to set up a website, host a town hall event and/or other outreach and capacity-building activities.

CICF is nonpartisan and does not support any initiatives, referenda, or candidates for office.



Paul Jacob is the founder and president of Citizens in Charge Foundation.

The board of directors includes John J. Woodcock III, Paul Jacob, Eric O'Keefe, Michael Foudy, Ron Nehring, Theresa Amato, Grover Norquist and William B. Redpath.[2]

Legislation ratings

The national office of CICF sends out e-alerts during the time of the year that state legislatures are in session that "track and report legislation around the country dealing with initiative, referendum, and petition rights by state."

CICF rates laws introduced in state legislatures that would have an influence on the process voters must go through to qualify a ballot initiative for the ballot. They have a three-tiered ranking system.

Color code Impact on initiative rights
Protects or expands voters’ initiative and referendum rights
Influences voters’ access to initiative and referendum, but neither reduce nor expand voter’s access
Reduces voters’ initiative and referendum rights

Save the Initiative Tour

See full article: Save The Initiative Tour

The Save The Initiative Tour was a campaign started by CICF with the goal of undoing restrictions placed on the voter initiative & referendum process.

Citizens In Charge

Citizens in Charge is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that works directly with public officials and voters to protect and spread ballot initiative rights. Citizens in Charge and Citizens in Charge Foundation are separate organizations.


Citizens in Charge Foundation was the original sponsor of Ballotpedia. The Lucy Burns Institute is the current sponsor.


The Citizens In Charge Foundation does not accept government funding and is supported entirely by the goodwill of private donors.

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