Every story has a beginning. Our story starts not with the 50CAN network, but with the founding of ConnCAN in 2005. At the time, Connecticut was home to the largest achievement gap in the country. A passionate group of citizens—parents, teachers, policy wonks and philanthropists alike—came together to bring meaningful change to the education system at the local level. Over the next five years, the ConnCAN team built a successful model for state level advocacy.
Marc Porter Magee, Ph.D., ConnCAN’s chief operating officer, took up the challenge of bringing the success of ConnCAN’s campaigns to other states around the country in 2010.
Officially launched as an independent organization in January 2011, 50CAN has grown into a 50+ person strong network with campaigns in Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee, affiliates in California, New York and Virginia, a national headquarters in Washington, D.C. and an alumni network of advocates across the country.