Building and strengthening a state by state movement for marriage equality in the United States.
Civil Marriage Collaborative is an innovative grant making initiative designed to strengthen and build a state by state movement for the freedom to marry for same-gender couples in the United States.
Civil Marriage Collaborative partners with individuals donors and foundations to award $2 million each year to support public education, research, polling, message development, alliance building, outreach and advocacy in support of marriage equality. Since its founding in 2004, Civil Marriage Collaborative has invested significantly in all jurisdictions that won and held marriage equality as well as in other states most likely to win marriage equality in the near term.
Grant making goals typically include:
> Support for states where full marriage equality is a near term possibility;
> Support of selected efforts to defend existing marriage rights as needed; and
> Rapid response grant making capacity for states where opportunities to advance the marriage debate or challenges to marriage progress arise quickly and outside of the Collaborative's regular grant cycle.