Responsible Choices, a non-partisan organization that seeks to educate Washington State voters about ballot initiatives, has received a one-year $25,000 grant from the Bullitt Foundation.
The Bullitt Foundation, which is concerned with sustainable development, concentrates on urban issues, business and technology, ecosystem services and planning, and civic engagement. The grant to Responsible Choices was in the Foundation’s Leadership and Civic Engagement program category.
Responsible Choices formed in 2012 out of a concern that the state’s initiative process with its paid signature gatherers had strayed far from its initial purpose when created in 1912. It was intended as a tool of grassroots democracy to counter the influence of powerful special interests. Today, too often voters get their information from dueling advertisements with limited facts. Victory by the side of the initiative that spends the most money is usually assured.
The Bullitt Foundation grant will provide start-up funds for Responsible Choices and help underwrite its ballot initiative review process pilot project.”
“Responsible Choices aims to create an informed electorate that will have the benefit of unbiased, non-partisan information about all state-wide initiatives and referenda. The electorate will learn about the true impacts of initiatives,” quoting Responsible Choices.