The David Zwick Fund

David ZwickHonoring the Vision and Legacy of Clean Water Action’s Founder, David Zwick

People who entered David’s orbit came to know him as someone who was intensely focused on a vision of organizing, creating, building and fighting for change. He wanted us (Clean Water Action, together with aligned organizations, movements and leaders) to be smart and strategic. He wanted us to take risks. He wanted us to win elections, build environmental majorities, and make democracy work for everyone. He wanted us to evolve the art of canvassing and campaigning to make them even more effective. He wanted us to bring grassroots voices to the table and build power to win real improvements — local, state and national — benefiting real people, in real places.

He wanted us to reach outside of our comfort zones and to build new coalitions and alliances grounded in justice and equity. He wanted us to expand our programs to reach more states and communities where the unique canvassing and organizing approaches he pioneered could make a real difference locally, in strategically important places.

David also dedicated himself to recruiting, training and mentoring new leaders and worked tirelessly on the challenge of finding the next generation of individuals who would lead our movements and champion the public interest.

David was never about “business as usual,” and the fund we are creating with help from David’s family, friends and colleagues will be anything but. Here are the kinds of things the fund will be designed to support:

Support the David Zwick FundInnovation and Opportunity

  • Investing in promising new organizing, canvassing and campaign strategies or technologies, and encouraging innovation to build organizational capacity and sustainability.

New Leadership

  • Support for recruiting, training, mentoring and inspiring the next generations of diverse changemakers for our organization and aligned movements.

Growing Our Movement

  • Expanding Clean Water Action’s programs to reach additional states and communities and to engage and empower more people, organizations and grassroots constituencies with a stake in protecting clean water, now and for future generations.
  • n addition, as proposed by Ralph Nader at the June 2018 memorial event in
    Washington, DC, the David Zwick Fund will also incorporate an annual award recognizing
    one or more vibrant, engaged civic leader champion(s) following in David’s footsteps.
    n addition, as proposed by Ralph Nader at the June 2018 memorial event in
    Washington, DC, the David Zwick Fund will also incorporate an annual award recognizing
    one or more vibrant, engaged civic leader champion(s) following in David’s footsteps.

    In addition, as proposed by Ralph Nader at the June 2018 memorial event in Washington, DC, the David Zwick Fund will also incorporate an annual award recognizing one or more vibrant, engaged civic leader champion(s) following in David’s footsteps.

We want the David Zwick Fund to be able to provide meaningful support in the above areas, create real capacity to lift up promising leaders and advance movement strategies, and build on David’s public interest legacy as someone who dedicated himself to different groups and organizations, as founder, as staff, as board member, as advisor, as a member, and as a volunteer. This is the kind of challenging task David would have relished. Your gifts, grants or pledges will provide the resources to create and sustain a fund that can live up to this ambitious vision. Join us!

For more information:

Jonathan A. Scott: 202-330-2379 | Email: jscott(at)cleanwater(.)org | www.cleanwater.org/David

To enable the David Zwick Fund to offer flexible support that is not limited to 501(c)(3) purposes, both Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund will solicit and accept gifts for the David Zwick Fund. Any invested David Zwick Fund assets will be managed in alignment with Clean Water Action’s mission and values, and will be screened to exclude fossil fuel holdings.