Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Inform Your Community?
At Inform Your Community we maximize the power of authentic entertainment experiences to provide important relevant impactful information to children and adults of all ages through fun, free, and meaningful products, activities, and events. These facilitate knowledge acquisition relevant to an informed electorate encompassed by the four C’s: civics, civic engagement, civility, and civil rights.
The Board of Directors is composed of esteemed professional leaders representing a diversity of fields, experience, skill sets, and advocacy areas. Learn more about our team by visiting our About Us page. Inform Your Community benefits from the generous assistance of volunteers at all levels in the organization to help deliver our programs.
Why was Inform Your Community created?
An informed electorate is vital to America. Today, it's harder than ever to sift through information to find what's important. Even exaggerations increased by a million percent last year. Joking aside, this presents a real problem.
Information intake often occurs in front of a screen and in isolation from others. Though opportunities to learn new information in person abound, these events often take the form of formal presentations, information sessions, and teach-ins. This means that the most important knowledge for an informed populace - issues related to civics, civic engagement, civility, and civil rights - is often communicated in rather boring ways that may be less likely to engage people.
Luckily, interest in virtual social activities is on the rise with millennials serving as trailblazers for other generations by finding value in and actively seeking out authentic entertainment experiences on apps like eventbrite, groupon, goldstar, club free time, meet up and many others. In this mix, informational events - even when offered for free - are often under-attended, overlooked, or hidden amongst the more entertaining options. Yet, an informed electorate is dependent on the accessibility of knowledge. We were created to help!
What does Inform Your Community do?
Inform Your Community leverages fun in order to make learning important relevant information accessible and palatable. Inform Your Community knows time is valuable. To help people make the most of it, we pack our time maximized programs with great entertainment and important relevant impactful proprietary curriculum. Our free virtual programs focus on the timely and relevant topics people want to know more.
Which audience does Inform Your Community serve?
Inform Your Community seeks to foster a more informed electorate. Our audience includes those who are not necessarily politically active but who, nonetheless, value opportunities to learn about politically relevant topics because they are politically aware. Mostly, we serve people
who thirst for more information about current political issues but who also demand authentic fun experiences in whatever they undertake by providing high yield entertainment and information value in each of our programs.
with time deficits by providing an opportunity for busy people - many of whom work long or irregular hours, care for dependents, and have stressful positions - to maximize their time by being twice as productive both having fun and becoming informed through our programs.
Inform Your Community is for everyone. We know that people digest information in a variety of ways, so we discuss important issues through six programs that accommodate kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners.
Our programs and services are offered and provided without discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, religion, disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, age or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, county or local laws, regulations or ordinances.
What issues are at the heart of Inform Your Community's programming?
Because every person is a stakeholder invested in a variety of issues, Inform Your Community casts our net wide. Inform Your Community programming will pull from twelve politically relevant topic clusters:
1. Education, Research, and Technology
2. Environmental Protection
3. Federal Budget and the Tax System
4. Foreign Affairs and Trade
5. Government and Election Reforms
6. Gun Safety
Inform Your Community is centrist oriented, nonpartisan, and bipartisan acknowledging that multiple political parties are important to civic engagement within the United States. The issues that our events address include what are referred to as wicked issues that reflect the complexity of the problems people face in the United States about which there is often little agreement across political perspectives. Because we discuss issues at the entry level (we casually refer to it as the 101 level, like in college classes), there is no need for our events, volunteers, staff, or attendees to take political sides. Our mission is to genuinely help attendees at our events by providing them information from which they can make informed decisions and engage in educated discussions regardless of what political stance they take on the issue we discuss. In short, we just sincerely want people to know more about what they are discussing, arguing about, and voting on to improve civic engagement in the United States.
7. Business and the Economy
8. Crime, Law, and the Judicial System
9. Social Safety Net
10. Underserved Populations
11. Military and Defense
12. Civility, Ethics, and Values
What programs are offered by Inform Your Community?
Inform Your Community offers free events for all ages through our six programs:
Celebrate & Create: Children engage in craft projects inspired by inclusive monthly celebration themes.
Craftivism: Adults learn an art technique, discuss important issues, and leave with a completed project.
Popcorn & Chat: Attendees watch a social-issue-focused movie and engage in facilitator led discussion.
The Know-It-All Series: The audience enjoys hearing subject matter experts present followed by a Q & A.
Much-To-Discuss Meetups: Peers mingle and learn amidst the backdrop of various entertainment venues.
Smart Shopping: Shoppers purchase branded items and handmade curriculum integrated items.
Where are Inform Your Community's programs offered?
We meet people where they are - on their electronic devices!
To infiltrate a market already flooded with non-profit and entertainment programming, we maximize online and social media event promotion platforms with three goals in mind:
A meaningful and relevant online presence we will provide a go-to location of resources.
Great entertainment and informational value in our programs we will garner a strong reputation of having valuable integral programs.
Word of mouth referrals, facilitated by branding, marketing, public relations, and fundraising campaigns, we will generate a following of a dedicated audience with regular attendance who appreciate our variety of free programmatic offerings.
Is Inform Your Community a non-profit?
Yes. Inform Your Community is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As with all non-profits, your donation matters. Our programs rely on your support. Please Donate today.
How can I help Inform Your Community to inform my community?
Inform Your Community welcomes your involvement to help us with our mission.
Every donation matters. Please consider donating. If you work for a company that has a donation match please especially consider donating since that will help your donated dollars go even farther to help Inform Your Community with its programs. Some companies offer a 2:1 donation match which means your donation would be tripled: American Express, Coca Cola, Exxon Mobil, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, and the Soros Foundation among others.
Please consider volunteering with Inform Your Community. Currently, we have director level opportunities for volunteers to help Inform Your Community with marketing, event planning, and grant writing. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Some companies provide tremendous support for employees who want to volunteer such as Aetna, Allstate, American Airlines, ConocoPhillips, Dell, Disney, ExxonMobil, IBM, Microsoft, Outerwall (Coinstar / Redbox), RealNetworks, Time Warner and Subsidiaries, Verizon, with a few who will even donate for every hour you volunteer without your having to donate any money at all.
Consider nominating us for a grant through your company's workplace referral program. Some companies, though certainly not the only ones, that provide this type of opportunity include Adobe, Best Buy, Google, Meta, Samsung, Starbucks, and Verizon.