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Democracy Centers provide permanent, peer-to-peer, community-based voter services, education.

Make it easy for people on Zoom to follow your directions with Give Buttons.

Keep it simple when requesting donations, asking for volunteers or have people complete a survey on Zoom. Add a Give Button that sends people to your chosen web page while they continue to watch your presentation.

Democracy Centers

Andrea Miller is the Executive Director of the Center For Common Ground, a non-partisan voting rights organization led by people of color. It's mission is to empower under-represented voters to fully participate in democracy. It has launched Democracy Centers in different states to provide permanent, peer-to-peer, community-based voter services and education. Andrea regularly presents on Zoom, but needed a way to help viewers follow along as she explained her vision and raise funding.

This blog explains how Andrea uses Give Button on Zoom to explain Democracy Centers and encourage viewers to support the centers.

Watch the GIF or Andrea's two minute video.

Give Buttons make it easier to donate

Collect more donations by sharing a GIVE BUTTON link with your viewers on Zoom

How to add a Give Button

- Create your panel with the buttons that you plan to share with your viewers
- Choose the graphic, prompt and the URL for up to seven buttons in the panel
- These buttons could lead viewers (for instance) to learn more, donate or volunteer
- Share the link to the panel with the Give buttons with your attendees through the Zoom chat
- Clicking the link launches a separate window without affecting your Zoom presentation
- Direct your audience to click on the relevant button while still watching your Zoom presentation
- Clicking a button directs viewers to the webpage you've chosen earlier

The link to the Give Button that Andrea shared was ''
Click on this link to see how it creates a new browser window with the donation link in it.

How to create a panel with buttons that direct viewers to Give, volunteer and learn more.

Democracy Centers

Democracy Centers provide permanent, peer-to-peer, community-based voter services, education, dialogue and opportunity for participation within the political process at the local, state and federal levels. Center for Common Ground provides needed infrastructure, training and digital tools to empower communities during times of accelerated change and challenge. Voting services must be available year-round every year and not just in federal election years a few weeks prior to an election to increase participation. The elimination of civic education has created a lack of knowledge about our governmental system among the general public. Citizens need a place to gather, learn about national, state and local policy/politics so they can make educated decisions about their leaders and how to make change on every level.

Democracy Center - Hawkinsville, Georgia

The first Georgia Democracy Center is located in Hawkinsville located inside the Newberry Foundation where a team of five works on voter education and African American history. The Newberry Foundation was established to honor the Newberry family’s legacy in middle Georgia, which spans more than two centuries from slavery to the 21st century. Since 2010, the Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, has worked to preserve the Black history in Hawkinsville, their ancestral home, build community and provide educational opportunities. The Foundation was created and is led by Julius Johnson, a seventh-generation descendant of the Newberry family who is a historian and served overseas in the U.S. Department of State in war-torn countries to win “hearts and minds.” The Foundation is seeking to partner with like-minded organizations committed to civic engagement and fostering democracy in Middle Georgia.  

Democracy Center - Florence, South Carolina

The first South Carolina Democracy Center is located in Florence and is housed in the Kingdom Living Temple. In addition to working on voter education, voting rights and GOTV they support critical community projects. The dearth of clean water in much of Florence, which is 47 percent Black, located about an hour northwest of the coastal resort town of Myrtle Beach, illustrates a national environmental crisis in America, especially for Black people in low-income rural communities.

Leo Woodberry, pastor of the Kingdom Living Temple in Florence, is unwilling to wait any longer on government assistance and has launched a crusade to make clean water in his community — out of thin air. Woodberry combined funds that were saved and money that was raised to acquire four solar hydro panels for $20,000 that are placed around his church. The technology uses sunlight and air to make clean water. "Clean water in communities of color should not be an issue, but it is. There’s so much that we’re dealing with, and to be able to come up with community-based solutions is important to show that we can move ourselves forward.”

Takeaway: Get more out of your Zoom meetings by making it simple for attendees to follow your directions with Give buttons . Learn how you can currently use this app for free.


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DemLabs applies innovative technology and storytelling tools in service of democratic values. It lowers the barrier of funding for worthy candidates and non-profits by applying existing free/affordable solutions.