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Citizen Participation

MuniNet Guide promotes civic engagement and strong communities. Achieving a healthy society takes concerted effort both inside and outside government. Our Citizen Participation page provides resources with a focus on outside government research and watchdog groups. 

Top Picks
The following featured links are approved by MuniNet as exceptional online resources offering up-to-date information on topics that matter
  • AmeriCorps

    Engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups.

  • Citizinvestor

    Crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local government projects, to empower citizens to invest in their community and create real change.

  • Civic Federation of Chicago

    Government and taxpayer watchdog organization focused on the state of Illinois and Chicago area governmental bodies, primarily large units in Cook County.

  • Close Up Foundation

    Goal is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society.

  • Governmental Research Association (GRA)

    Created in 1914, a national organization to encourage individuals and organizations to engage in governmental research in the general interest.

  • National League of Cities (NLC)

    Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to, and an advocate for, 19,000+ cities, villages and towns it represents.

  • OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics

    Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

  • Public Agenda

    Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate divisive, complex issues and work together to find solutions.

  • U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG)

    A consumer group federation of state PIRGs, which stands up to special interests on behalf of the health and well-being of the American public.