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Budget Power Project



The Budget Power Project — an initiative of the California Budget & Policy Center (Budget Center), Catalyst California (formerly Advancement Project California), and the Million Voters Project (MVP) — provides power-building support, technical assistance, and budget training needed to empower advocates engaging in budget and policy debates.

The Budget Power Project brings together the state’s leading organizations on racial and economic justice, equitable public policy and budget practices, and local and statewide organizing power. This partnership includes alliances representing over 100 racial justice organizations across California.

The California Budget & Policy Center is a research and analysis nonprofit advancing public policies that expand opportunities and promote well-being for all Californians. The Budget Center brings technical assistance and storytelling to the Budget Power Project.

Catalyst California partners with BIPOC communities by equipping them with the budget and advocacy tools necessary to win sustainable investments that help all Californians thrive. They provide technical assistance and capacity-building to local organizations in the Budget Power Project.

The Million Voters Project and its alliance of nine community-driven state and regional networks will continue base-building among residents in low-income communities of color and lead engagement to determine local organizations’ capacity needs. MVP works with its 130 local affiliates and thousands of grassroots leaders to lead year-round organizing that builds political power in communities most impacted by economic and social inequality.

Few organizations support budget advocacy through a racial equity lens and those that do primarily concentrate on the state level. The Budget Power Project partners with community organizations engaged in local budget advocacy, learning their needs and providing specific technical assistance that will help them advance their goals and incubate capacity for newer partners to the field. Furthermore, the Budget Power Project will connect advocates across regions, issues, and communities, developing shared budget equity narratives and conducting cohort-based trainings to foster a statewide budget equity movement.

“Whether at the federal, state, or local level, deciding where and how to spend public dollars is the biggest policy choice our elected leaders make each year.

-Raúl Macías, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

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