What is the Progressive Slate?
The progressive slate is a group of nonprofit organizations that are working together to win the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest. The slate has included organizations working to help the homeless, provide food to the poor, combat human trafficking in the U.S., protect children from dangerous slum housing, provide nonprofit internships for low-income youth, and give young people access to life-saving health care.
What is the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest?
The Pepsi Refresh Everything contest is an online giving program run by Pepsi that gives away $1.3 million every month. The money is given away in grants of $250k, $50k, $25k, and $5k.
What does it mean to be a daily voter?
As a daily voter, you'll receive a daily email reminder with a link to the voting page. The emails will be short and quick...and we'll try to make them fun as well.
The key to winning the Refresh Everything contest is getting repeat voters. That's why the key to our strategy is recruiting as many daily voters as possible!
How do I vote each day?
Each daily email reminder will include a link to your voting page. On that page, you'll be able to log-in and cast your vote for all ten organizations each day.
It couldn't be easier...you can even bookmark the page and simply go to it each morning!
What will happen with my email after the contest?
After the September round of voting is over, your email will not be used for any other purposes.
More Details about the Progressive Slate
The Progressive Slate is one of a number of groups working together in the Pepsi contest. All of the coalitions, including the Progressive Slate, work the same way—organizations working together to encourage their supporters to vote for each other. The structure of the Pepsi contest encourages these coalitions by giving each individual the opportunity to vote for up to ten organizations every day.
The Center for Progressive Leadership is helping coordinate all of the groups that are working together; however, all of the groups involved were responsible for their own applications and have been working hard to engage their own members for the contest.
None of the projects that we're supporting involve political advocacy. Simply put, the money could not and would not go towards anything prohibited by the guidelines of the contest and that includes political advocacy.
Moreover, every single one of the organizations in the slate are nonpartisan 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS.
For our coalition, progressive simply means that all of the organizations in the slate are working to help the neediest in our society and all our projects are focused on underrepresented communities.
The Progressive Slate has gotten support from a wide range of organizations, websites, and individuals. That has included some organizations that are involved in direct advocacy and political work. However, having outside organizations, including political ones, spread the word among their members doesn't affect the merit of any of the individual applications or violate any of the guidelines of the contest.
We all have an incredible amount of respect for the over 1,000 organizations competing in the Refresh Everything Contest. We also believe passionately in the issues that our groups are working on...from fighting homelessness and human trafficking to helping young people get health insurance and training civic leaders.
We're working hard to win because, like a lot of other competing organizations, we believe that our projects are helping the world a better place. But that doesn't change the fact that all of the organizations in the contest are deserving of support and none of them deserve to be denigrated as less worthy than any other project.
We appreciate this incredibly opportunity that Pepsi has provided. We hope other groups will join us in the spirit of fair competition and refrain from criticizing either the worthiness or legitimacy of any of the organizations competing in the contest.