Maggie Williams is a co-chair of the 2009 30th Anniversary Community Gala.
North Star Fund does an incredible job of building a sense of community and involving people, whether they’re donors or grantees. For the past few years, I’ve worked in the field of voting rights and felon disenfranchisement. Soon after finishing law school, I helped to found the Voter Enfranchisement Project (VEP) in the South Bronx. North Star Fund was one of our first funders, and continues to be a strong supporter of VEP.
I am no longer with VEP, but I remain committed to living in a city where the electoral process is accountable to all communities, especially to those targeted by the criminal justice system and often excluded from the political process. Contributing to the North Star Fund is one of the ways that I continue to support grassroots organizing and a more equitable electoral process in NYC.
Getting my friends to support the North Star Fund is not a heavy lift. When people come to a North Star Fund event they feel that sense of community—that they’re a part of something that’s bigger than all of us as we strive for a more just New York City.