Capitol View Advisors

Engaging communities through social advocacy

Who we are

Capitol View Advisors is building a platform to engage communities that share the same interests to become a part of the solution within the American society effectively bringing together the spectrum of social advocacy. There are many charitable, institutional and individual efforts within the American society aimed at achieving success within the civic engagement arena and we provide them with the information and resources they need to support and further their aspirations.

Capitol View Advisors utilizes resources including research, funding, academia, and social sectors to bring about positive change. We encourage communities with like interest to bond together as “hubs” that will utilize the approach of new technological advances, social networking, and engagement to make impactful changes in the broader community utilizing strategies that encourage positive responsiveness. Our approach utilizes technological advances and networks in a multi-dimensional fashion. We follow a creative approach including garnering untapped resources, analytical data and interested parties to address the totality of the civic engagement gap.

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Base Building

Our innovation is to build long­term civic engagement capacity through strategic coordination and technological advances. Most traditional People of Color civic engagement efforts primarily focus on registering voters, followed by voter education and voter mobilization. These efforts and the organizations that manage them, mainly focus on engaging voters during an election cycle. They sacrifice the opportunity to utilize issue areas as the catalyst for increased long­term civic engagement. We employ a “high­tech” People of Color civic engagement platform that focuses on the integration of issue education to connect communities of interests: the economy, employment, education and the environment. While all issues are important, these top priority issues have the most potential to increase the collective community investment and accelerate the growth and development of permanent, long­term infrastructure to increase People of Color civic engagement.

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Organizational Development

Capitol View Advisors not only focuses on producing maximum impact within communities of interests but also facilitate building the collective and organizational technological capacities required for developing and sustaining long­term infrastructure and relationships in those communities. This work focuses on issue education efforts through a collaborative issue advocacy platform. Additionally, we recruit funders to increase the resources available for civic engagement activities at the national, state, and local levels that help expand and enhance the technological capacity on the ground to engage these communities. The results of issue integration into our efforts not only increase civic engagement but also public knowledge, greater citizen civic capacity, and more sophisticated coalitional efforts. These points of contact provide an opportunity for organizations to engage young activists and remind them that the best way to fix a problem is to use their voice.

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Research and Development

There is no doubt that public service and civic engagement is in a “watershed” moment. However, there is great opportunity in the engagement of the People of Color community. The opportunity lies in converting the tremendous surge of People of Color civic engagement from protest into a population of activists who remain civically engaged through technology. The potential crisis lies in taking this community for granted and failing to put the necessary resources and technological infrastructure in place to consistently engage them around their interests. Barriers to civic engagement faced by People of Colors include:

1) the disproportionate impact of the digital divide on the People of Color community,
2) the critical need to coordinate People of Color civic engagement, information and resources, and
3) gaps in civic engagement rates between People of Colors and the overall population.

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Strategic Communications

Very little data and social media capacity exists among People of Color grassroots organizations. As revealed through an internal survey, many People of Color civic engagement organizations have used social media and voter file data tools previously and want to enhance their use of these tools for current and future activities. The survey also revealed that many People of Color organizations do not have the infrastructure and / or capacity to employ these social media and data tools. We provide social media, data tools, data systems, and data tactics to maximize the outcomes of their civic engagement and public service work in the People of Color community. We employ a civic engagement platform:

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Coordination

We have a distinct strategy for developing administrative systems while building the technological infrastructure necessary to be successful within the civic engagement arena. Our platform serves as a “hub” around civic engagement– bringing together donors and stakeholders. This allows communities of color to aggregate and direct resources more effectively, and it allows them to invest in advocacy issues and act together in ways that no single donor or activist could on her or his own.

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