HF Initiatives / Civic Engagement
The Hagedorn Foundation Initiatives program is board and staff driven, and addresses mission related goals. The foundation does not accept concepts or proposals for this area.
The HF Civic Engagement program supported work in Nassau and Suffolk counties that helped to build a non-partisan culture of civic engagement in disenfranchised and underrepresented communities. The goals of the program were twofold: to educate and mobilize disengaged voters across Long Island; and to ensure that the individuals who live in working-class communities of color are more fully represented in local elected offices.
Giving in Action
The Power of One Voice in Raising Awareness About Bullying and Hate Crimes
The 2008 hate-crime murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue, NY shone an unwelcome spotlight on the intolerance of some Long Islanders toward a growing immigrant community. It also led to an unexpected career change for his brother, Joselo. Motivated by the human tragedy that personally touched his family and by his passionate commitment to preventing—or at least reducing—similar attacks, Joselo joined the Hagedorn Foundation with the singular focus of raising awareness about bullying and hate crimes.Download one-sheet
Creating a Culture of Community Engagement in Working-Class Neighborhoods of Color
In any democracy nonpartisan voter engagement is a vital component of civic life and a fundamental way the electorate makes its voice heard. The voting population empowers itself by becoming educated about issues and candidates, developing leaders and grooming possible future candidates, and, for immigrants, becoming U.S. citizens in order to become fully engaged members of the electorate.Download one-sheet