Chris Gates Executive Director of PACE Speaks

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Sandy Cox
Feb 19, 2011

Christopher Gates Executive Director of PACE (Philantrophy for Active Civil Engagement) speak to West Bay Rotarians and guestson Thursday February 17th.  Introduced by Roberta Smith, Camden's Town Manager. What is PACE you ask?  Here is a short summary of what PACE does.

 PACE - Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement is a learning community of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power, influence and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic and community participation.

Civic Engagement:

 There are many ways in which people participate in civic, community and political life and, by doing so, express their engaged citizenship. From volunteering to voting, from community organizing to political advocacy, the defining characteristic of active civic engagement is the commitment to participate and contribute to the improvement of one’s community, neighborhood and nation.

PACE is a national learning community of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic participation. Formerly known as the Grantmakers Forum on Community and National Service, PACE recently renamed itself to signal a broader approach to educating grantmakers about effective civic engagement strategies that strengthen our communities. These strategies include community problem solving, civic education, leadership training, and political reform.  For additional information go to their website  http://www.pacefunders.org