Philanthropic Partners 

Donors support our mission and work to reach students and teachers from underrepresented and vulnerable communities.


Research shows that minority and economically-disadvantaged students receive the fewest opportunities in school for thoughtful engagement with critical issues and with the political process, our goal is to reach students from all backgrounds. Philanthropic support from generous donors helps our national civic engagement organization serve students and teachers from vulnerable communities and provide access to Close Up programs, professional development, and classroom resources.  

Your support helps us create a diverse learning community in which students and teachers from different backgrounds work together to strengthen our democracy. For information about giving and sponsorship opportunities, please email or call us at 800 CLOSEUP.  

Donor Highlight

The Claude Pepper Foundation has provided funding to provide need-based scholarships to students from Miami, FL, since 2015. Check out some highlights of our work with 2021 Claude Pepper Scholars!



Individuals who are more affluent are much more likely to participate in politics than those who are less affluent. -National Bureau of Economic Research, 2018