Civic Society

Civic Society

To Promote Civil Discourse on Civic Matters

What We Do

The Civic Society is a support group of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, a 501 (c) (3) organization. We hold three salons each year for our Civic Society contributors who support the voter information, Youth Engagement Initiative, and other fine programs that the League engages in. We also thank the Civic Society contributors by inviting them to the League's annual "Celebrating Leadership" awards gala.

What Are Salons

The Civic Society Salons are held in private homes and include a light supper, with wine and dessert, and presentations by distinguished speakers on timely civic issues that are currently being discussed.

Previous speakers have included:

  • LA Times Columnist Tim Rutten
  • LA Harbor Commission President Cindy Misckowski
  • LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy
  • Former LAPD Police Chief Bill Bratton
  • Dr. Raphael Sonenschein
  • Director of the Pat Brown Institute at CalState LA
  • Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
  • and many more

Current Donors

The League would like to thank the Civic Society donors for their continuing support towards the Education Fund's programs.

  • Dotte Antelman
  • Barbara Archibald
  • Nancy Arnheim
  • Crissi Avila
  • Helaine Blatt
  • Harriet Borson
  • Thea Brodkin
  • Carryl Carter
  • Renee Chanon
  • Jean F. Cohen
  • Marcia Edelman
  • Sydelle Freeman
  • Carrie Hidding
  • Marilyn & Robert Johnson
  • Judy Jordan
  • Ann Reiss Lane
  • Fran & Al Lapides
  • Harriet Orkand
  • Francine Oschin
  • Joy Picus
  • Elizabeth Ralston
  • Mildred Ratner
  • Susan F. Rice
  • Lois Saffian
  • Gerald Sallus
  • Cecilia Schlesinger
  • Hermalee Schmidt
  • Madeleine Rose Schwab
  • Martha Sklar
  • Bob Stern
  • Elinor Turner
  • Liza White
  • Stuart White

How To Get Involved

People who wish to get involved with the Civic Society and support the programs of the LWVLA with their tax-deductible gift can make donations at three levels.

  • $1,000 Individual level: 3 salons for 1 person; 1 dinner ticket
  • $1,500 Dual Level: 3 salons for 2 people; 2 dinner tickets
  • $3,000 Civic Society Sponsor Level: 3 salons for 3 people; 3 dinner tickets; recognition on letterhead and at salons as a sponsor

You may download and mail the completed contribution form to our office at 3303 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310 Los Angeles, CA 90010-1700. Or join online:

Your contribution to the League is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The non-tax-deductible part is the fair market value of the tickets to the gala. You will receive an official letter with that information following the event.