The Citizens League builds civic imagination and capacity in Minnesota by:
- Identifying, framing and proposing solutions to public policy problems;
- Developing civic leaders in all generations who can govern for the common good; and
- Organizing the individual and institutional relationships necessary to achieve these goals.
The Citizens League’s purpose is to organize the means — the “civic infrastructure” — within the Citizens League and in Minnesota, to achieve its mission. “Civic infrastructure” refers to our ability to govern and solve problems for the common good in and across all institutions.
The Citizens League is unique in its 59-year history of framing problems and then recommending and advancing creative solutions to policy problems. It is differentiated from other policy organizations by its multi-partisanship, its ability to look at any issue that matters to Minnesota’s quality of life and economic health, and its status as a membership-based group.
The theories and principles of active citizenship and civic organizing have been a central part of our “turn around” at the Citizens League these past three years. We view this question of how to build civic imagination and capacity inside all of our institutions, including the Citizens League, as a fundamental opportunity to transform public policy and governance in Minnesota.” Sean Kershaw, Executive Director, Citizens League.
Kowalski Companies is a civic business. All stakeholders are obligated to organize, educate, and set policy according to democratic principles and standards. We do this in partnership with other demonstrations of the Minnesota Active Citizenship Initiative to renew and sustain democracy and to create a world that is abundant and just.
Islamic Civic Society of America (ICSA) demonstrates the compatibility between Islamic and Civic principles in a democratic society. Members of ICSA are dedicated to governing for the common good while addressing the specific needs of the Muslim community. The Islamic Civic Society of America Operating Principles guide members in their commitment to advance ICSA identity while achieving goals.
Islamic Civic Society of America institution will develop the moral capacity of the people to produce a just society. Within a democratic society, moral capacity encompasses both religious precepts and democratic principles. ICSA understands that Islamic principles are compatible with civic principles to develop the capacity needed for ICSA to carry out its identity and mission.
Civic Organizing Inc./Civic Organizing Foundation
Civic Organizing Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit established for the public purpose of developing a citizen-led, cross-sector base of leaders that has the capacity to transform fundamental institutions of family, community, learning, work, and governance into centers of ethical leadership development and democratic governance. The goal is to create a healthy, effective democracy, nurtured by engaged citizens and institutions.
Civic Organizing Inc. is non-partisan. It does not support any particular political party or philosophy. It acts upon the belief that the citizens of a democracy have both the authority and the obligation to create a just and abundant society. In order to do so, citizens must have the political skills to take effective action and they must organize their efforts for sustainable outcomes. Civic Organizing Inc. works in partnership with the citizen-leaders it organizes to fulfill those goals.
Civic Organizing Inc. provides direct organizing, educational support, evaluation, and theory building needed to support the Minnesota Active Citizenship Initiative. COI acts as fiscal agent to support MACI, operates, supervises, and controls the Civic Organizing Foundation (COF), a supporting organization (in collaboration with the Center for Civic Capacity Building).