Citizens in Charge Foundation
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.
The process of initiative and referendum is critical if we are to shift power back into the hands of ordinary citizens. Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge are uniquely positioned as the only national organizations committed to defending the ballot initiative process in states where it exists and expanding it to those states where citizens currently lack the process.
CICF is non-partisan and does not support any initiatives, referenda, or candidates for office.
Paul Jacob is the founder and president of Citizens in Charge Foundation.
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
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The Save The Initiative Tour is 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.