Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial, and fair.
We’re a group of Pennsylvanians from all walks of life, united by the conviction that free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy. We believe Pennsylvania needs to reform its redistricting rules to promote competitive elections and partisan fairness—so that our government truly is of, by, and for the people.
To accomplish these goals, we hold informational events, drive outreach to lawmakers and the media, and help the public take action. Our current focus is to replace the current partisan redistricting process with a transparent and accountable process before the release of the 2020 U.S. Census.
Fair Districts PA was founded in January 2016 by representatives from the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Common Cause Pennsylvania, Committee of Seventy, Pennsylvania Council of Churches, and others concerned about accountable government.
Fair Districts PA is a fiscal project of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Fair Districts PA receives no funding from political action committees (PACs) or political parties, and is endorsed by a wide range of local and statewide organizations.
Fair Districts PA leads League involvement in the League of Women Voters of the United State People Powered Fair Maps campaign, a national redistricting program focused on creating fair political maps nationwide.
Fair Districts PA has grown quickly from a handful of volunteers to a network of local groups, regional support teams, active working groups and trained speakers reaching audiences large and small in every corner of the state. FDPA volunteers come from across the state and bring a wealth of experience, expertise, and varying political perspectives.
The major source of funding to date has been small-dollar donations, received online or as contributions at public events, with a handful of much larger donations from concerned Pennsylvania supporters. FDPA receives no funding from political action committees (PACs) or political parties. The only significant out-of- state funding to date has been a $25,000 grant from the Ben and Jerry’s Employee Foundation. The budget for the first year of operation, 2016, was about $12,000. In 2017 it was $87,000; in 2018 $120,000. Generous donations from PA supporters, plus the Ben and Jerry’s grant and increased small-dollar donations, brought total income in 2019 to around $500,000, with a similar income in 2020. FDPA income is reported as part of LWVPA and LWVPA-Citizen Education Fund 990s and lobby disclosure forms. With no salaries or office overhead, donations go far toward printing of material, venue rental and strategically placed ads. FDPA has not and will not accept contributions from partisan sources.