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Democracy Fund The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that invests in projects to help make our democracy work better. Learn more at www.democracyfund.org.
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The Democracy Fund is a growing bipartisan foundation established by philanthropist and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar to help ensure the American people come first in our political system.

The Democracy Fund is a growing bipartisan foundation established by philanthropist and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar to help ensure the American people come first in our political system.

Mission: We work on things that make democracy work better.

We were honored to have Stacey Abrams join Democracy Fund President Joe Goldman tonight in conversation around voting ri...
07/10/2019

We were honored to have Stacey Abrams join Democracy Fund President Joe Goldman tonight in conversation around voting rights and our democracy. What an amazing way to celebrate our 5th anniversary! #DFturns5

Today is our 5th anniversary! We want to say a big THANK YOU to our amazing grantees and partners who have been working ...
07/10/2019

Today is our 5th anniversary! We want to say a big THANK YOU to our amazing grantees and partners who have been working hard to ensure our government remains accountable to the American people, to protect the freedom and fairness of our elections, and to ensure a vibrant and free press.

This Independence Day, we are grateful for all the courageous, visionary, and persistent Americans who are standing up t...
07/04/2019

This Independence Day, we are grateful for all the courageous, visionary, and persistent Americans who are standing up to protect and strengthen our democracy. Thank you!

Local election officials hold the key to ensuring our elections are secure and accurate, but in many cases they are not ...
06/27/2019
Stewards of Democracy: The Views of American Local Election Officials: Democracy Fund

Local election officials hold the key to ensuring our elections are secure and accurate, but in many cases they are not getting the support they need. Read more about the challenges they face in our new report, in partnership with Reed College.

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

NEW REPORT: About 1 in 5 Republicans hold economic views more in line with the Democratic Party than their own. Find out...
06/11/2019
On the Money | Democracy Fund Voter Study Group

NEW REPORT: About 1 in 5 Republicans hold economic views more in line with the Democratic Party than their own. Find out how Americans' views on wealth and poverty define—and defy—party lines, and what it means for 2020 in our latest Voter Study Group report: https://bit.ly/2XygIJi

Analysis from Drutman, Williamson, and Wong surfaces that going into the 2020 elections, Republicans' views on economic policy are more split than Democrats.

With our friends at The Fetzer Institute & Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), we’re excited to announce a ...
06/04/2019
Announcing a New Fund for Investing in Faith in Democracy: Democracy Fund

With our friends at The Fetzer Institute & Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), we’re excited to announce a new funding and learning initiative: Faith In/And Democracy will explore the power and potential of faith as a catalyst for bridge building in service of our shared democracy and civic life. Chris Crawford shares the details today on our blog: https://bit.ly/2JStZcB

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

America lost nearly half its newspaper staff between 2008 and 2017 and almost 1800 newspapers have closed their doors si...
05/14/2019
What We Learned Through NewsMatch Can Help All of Local News: Democracy Fund

America lost nearly half its newspaper staff between 2008 and 2017 and almost 1800 newspapers have closed their doors since 2004. At a time of crisis for local news, NewsMatch is creating new pathways to both raise awareness and enable people to take action by supporting the quality journalism our nation needs.

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

In a new report out today, author Jessica Retis explores the history of and challenges for Spanish-language and bilingua...
05/13/2019
New Report: Challenges and Opportunities for Hispanic Media in the Digital Age: Democracy Fund

In a new report out today, author Jessica Retis explores the history of and challenges for Spanish-language and bilingual media in the US and offers recommendations for strengthening Hispanic media in the digital age.

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Threats to press freedom are threats to democracy. Our new Legal Clinic Fund, in partnership with the Klarman Family Fou...
05/09/2019
Announcing the Legal Clinic Fund: Strengthening Legal Support for Local News: Democracy Fund

Threats to press freedom are threats to democracy. Our new Legal Clinic Fund, in partnership with the Klarman Family Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation, will help ensure newsrooms have access to legal support for first amendment defense, media access, and transparency. https://bit.ly/2VHto39

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Two years into the presidency, Trump’s remarkably stable favorability numbers have often been cited as a “floor.” In a n...
05/08/2019
Two Years In | Democracy Fund Voter Study Group

Two years into the presidency, Trump’s remarkably stable favorability numbers have often been cited as a “floor.” In a new report out this morning, Voter Study Group's Rob Griffin uncovers a potential support “ceiling” for President Trump—and what voters are looking for in 2020 presidential candidates.

Read the report here: https://bit.ly/2Y9kU2f

Robert Griffin gives an overview of how opinions have — or have not — changed since 2016 and what voters are looking for in future candidates.

As we wait to learn more about the findings of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election,...
04/12/2019
As We Wait for the Mueller Report's Release, What Foundations Should Do Next (Opinion)

As we wait to learn more about the findings of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, don't miss Democracy Fund president Joe Goldman in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on what foundations can do now to help protect our constitutional norms and restore faith in the American political system.

Foundations are in a special position to invest in groups that will fix the problems in elections revealed by the inquiry and those that seek to restore faith in our democratic norms.

Democracy Fund elections experts Natalie Adona and Sarah Cole are at the Midwest Political Science Association conferenc...
04/05/2019

Democracy Fund elections experts Natalie Adona and Sarah Cole are at the Midwest Political Science Association conference this weekend. Stop by booth 502 to say hi and learn more about our work, including recent reports from Voter Study Group! #MPSA2019

We invest in organizations that defend and advocate for the rights of journalists and newsrooms at every level. In 2019,...
03/25/2019
Supporting Independent Journalists and Nonprofit Newsrooms in a Time of Unprecedented Threats: Democracy Fund

We invest in organizations that defend and advocate for the rights of journalists and newsrooms at every level. In 2019, we’re expanding these efforts with a special focus on the needs of independent journalists and small nonprofit newsrooms. https://bit.ly/2FxNjID #freepress

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

This #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re celebrating women who are making our democracy stronger. By working to improve our elect...
03/19/2019
Celebrating Women Who Are Making Democracy Stronger: Democracy Fund

This #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re celebrating women who are making our democracy stronger. By working to improve our elections, hold our government accountable, combat hate, and open doors for the next generation, these incredible women are making their mark on history right now—and American democracy will be stronger because of them. We are proud and honored to support their work. https://bit.ly/2FldWAM

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

"I kind of got choked up. To be in this place. This is sacred."Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who was once beaten by Alabam...
03/04/2019
National congressional delegation visits Montgomery lynching memorial

"I kind of got choked up. To be in this place. This is sacred."

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who was once beaten by Alabama troopers while trying to march for voting rights, said that by "walking through history," he hopes the 2019 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage with The Faith & Politics Institute gives people a greater understanding of the past. https://bit.ly/2ELjAvv

"Sometimes I think of the last thought — the last thought, was it fear? Did it feel like they were coming home?"

Voter Study Group has tracked public opinion on the Russia investigation since spring of 2018. In "Behind the Curtain," ...
03/01/2019
Behind the Curtain | Democracy Fund Voter Study Group

Voter Study Group has tracked public opinion on the Russia investigation since spring of 2018. In "Behind the Curtain," Joe Goldman and Rob Griffin share the latest data on how Americans view the fairness of the investigation, the seriousness of the allegations, and potential actions coming out of the Mueller report. https://bit.ly/2UccN3l

Robert Griffin and Joe Goldman analyze how Americans' perceptions surrounding the Russia investigation have changed or remained unaffected as Robert Mueller appears to be winding down his examination.

Today as #BlackHistoryMonth comes to a close, we are excited to share “African American Media Today," the second report ...
02/28/2019

Today as #BlackHistoryMonth comes to a close, we are excited to share “African American Media Today," the second report in our series highlighting the important role of media by and for diverse communities in the United States.

Authored by The Obsidian Collection Archives' Angela Ford, Kevin McFall, and Bob Dabney, this report provides a brief history of black media in America, highlights current trends and challenges, and offers recommendations to advocates and funders who want to help ensure the news reflects and is responsive to the American people. We hope you'll take a look: https://bit.ly/2EBIEFm

NOW HIRING: Democracy Fund is seeking a Senior Advisor for Government Accountability to lead our work to defend the rule...
02/25/2019
Democracy Fund

NOW HIRING: Democracy Fund is seeking a Senior Advisor for Government Accountability to lead our work to defend the rule of law and strengthen our democratic norms and institutions. Apply today to join our team: bit.ly/democracyjobs

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

WATCH LIVE: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein will be discussing the importance of defending rule-of-law norms today with the Def...
02/25/2019
Defending Rule of Law Norms: A Conversation with Rod Rosenstein

WATCH LIVE: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein will be discussing the importance of defending rule-of-law norms today with the Defending Democratic Institutions program at CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies. Tune in here: https://www.csis.org/events/defending-rule-law-norms-conversation-rod-rosenstein

This event is at capacity. We invite you to watch the live webcast through this page. Due to space restrictions advanced RSVPS are required for this event and will be re-confirmed via email from the International Security Program. Credentialed members of the press will receive instructions as part o...

"The President’s actions do not represent politics as usual and should not be treated as such ... As philanthropists, we...
02/20/2019
Trump’s Emergency Declaration Threatens Philanthropy’s Core Values (Opinion)

"The President’s actions do not represent politics as usual and should not be treated as such ... As philanthropists, we must ask ourselves: what can we do to reaffirm a commitment to our republic?"

-- Democracy Fund president Joe Goldman in the The Chronicle of Philanthropy

This dire political moment calls on philanthropic leaders to make the uncomfortable choice of opposing an action taken by the President of the United States and to reaffirm our commitment to the republic. It's time for all of us to speak out and supp

We’re excited to announce that in 2018 NewsMatch helped 154 newsrooms in 42 states raise $7.6 million—shattering all fun...
02/12/2019
NewsMatch 2018 raises $7.6 million, fueling growth in local news and investigative journalism.

We’re excited to announce that in 2018 NewsMatch helped 154 newsrooms in 42 states raise $7.6 million—shattering all fundraising records for nonprofit news! We're grateful to all the newsrooms and partners who helped make this happen. Read more about the campaign from Josh Stearns: https://bit.ly/2tjOX9V

The last month has been a difficult one for journalism in America, but there is some good news to celebrate too.

Our #localnews is in crisis, and that is bad news for democracy. With support from the Gates Family Foundation, Project ...
02/07/2019
Show don’t tell: continuing a legacy in journalism – Trust, Media and Democracy – Medium

Our #localnews is in crisis, and that is bad news for democracy. With support from the Gates Family Foundation, Project X-ITE, and Democracy Fund, the Colorado Media Project will work with local newsrooms on innovation, sustainability, and collaboration to foster more trustworthy and sustainable local journalism. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2GuzZFZ

How the Colorado Media Project will work to strengthen local news

This week in the #LocalFix from The Local News Lab: reinventing campaign journalism; tips and tools for goal setting; an...
01/14/2019
Local Fix: Work with Us, Set Goals, Build Trust, Reinvent Campaign Reporting

This week in the #LocalFix from The Local News Lab: reinventing campaign journalism; tips and tools for goal setting; and a look at a Tennessee newspaper's diversity and inclusion task force. https://bit.ly/2ALz0O2

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea…*

2018 was truly a profound test for American democracy. But our political system is resilient and enduring because patrio...
12/20/2018
Not Just Another Election Year: Reflections on Defending Democracy in 2018: Democracy Fund

2018 was truly a profound test for American democracy. But our political system is resilient and enduring because patriots are willing to stand up and fight for it. In this piece, Democracy Fund president Joe Goldman celebrates the myriad of ways our grantees and partners have helped to strengthen and defend our democracy this year. Check it out: https://bit.ly/2LqZrMU

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

12/11/2018
Press Release: Democracy Fund Voter Study Group Releases 2018 VOTER… | Democracy Fund Voter Study Group

JUST RELEASED: The 2018 edition of our VOTER Survey with YouGov—a unique longitudinal survey of more than 6K Americans. Download the complete data set + user guide https://bit.ly/2SyAJwF and let us know what you learn! #VoterSG

The Voter Study Group is comprised of analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum offering new analysis of American voters' beliefs and behaviors.

"The narratives are so far from the reality. If people follow a news site like ours, they are going to get a different p...
12/10/2018
Nonprofit News Outlets Give Local Communities Control of Media Narratives

"The narratives are so far from the reality. If people follow a news site like ours, they are going to get a different perspective.”

Don't miss this profile from TeenVogue on three great nonprofit newsrooms: Borderzine, Flint Beat, and The Colorado Independent. https://bit.ly/2Ee9xiz

Reminder that NewsMatch will double your donation to these and 150+ other newsrooms across the country now through the end of the year at newsmatch.com!

"If people follow a news site like ours, they are going to get a different perspective."

With many Americans, Democracy Fund mourns the passing of President George H.W. Bush. We are grateful for President Bush...
12/05/2018

With many Americans, Democracy Fund mourns the passing of President George H.W. Bush. We are grateful for President Bush's lifelong dedication to public service and his commitment to democracy and democratic values. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family.

"In a period of profoundly abnormal politics ... all of us who believe in our Constitution should speak up and make our ...
11/28/2018
Standing Up for America’s Democracy: What Philanthropy Must Do Next (Opinion)

"In a period of profoundly abnormal politics ... all of us who believe in our Constitution should speak up and make our voices heard."

Democracy Fund president Joe Goldman writes about why #philanthropy can and must do more to stand up for American democracy today in the The Chronicle of Philanthropy. https://bit.ly/2DR35Oj

Calling for the protection of special counsel Mueller, as I and more than 40 other foundation leaders did last week, was important. Here are three more ways to make a difference as we live through a slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre.

High quality, trusted journalism is essential to an informed public and a healthy democracy. So when you donate to the c...
11/27/2018

High quality, trusted journalism is essential to an informed public and a healthy democracy. So when you donate to the causes you care about this #GivingTuesday, remember the journalists who cover them. Support local news and investigative reporting in your community and on the issues you care about at www.newsmatch.org and #NewsMatch will double your #GivingNewsDay contribution!

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11/26/2018
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In recognition of the vital role that journalism plays in our communities and our democracy, this #GivingTuesday we are also celebrating #GivingNewsDay. Find out more via Democracy Fund's Josh Stearns.

During #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth Americans pause to recognize the Indigenous peoples of lands now known as the United...
11/20/2018

During #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth Americans pause to recognize the Indigenous peoples of lands now known as the United States. But the other 11 months of the year, Native people and communities are often rendered invisible, in part due to a shrinking Native American media.

Today we're releasing a new report, authored by Jodi Rave of the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance​, on the state of American Indian media in the United States. This is the first report in our new series highlighting the important role of media by and for diverse communities in the US. Take a look: https://bit.ly/2Q841Vc

The special counsel investigation into election interference in 2016 is uncovering critical information about threats to...
11/19/2018

The special counsel investigation into election interference in 2016 is uncovering critical information about threats to our democracy. Efforts to impede it are a threat to the rule of law.

Today, in an unprecedented action, more than 40 leaders of major American philanthropic organizations have released a join statement to push back and #ProtectMueller. Read it here: democracyfund.org/philanthropyfordemocracy

A statement from our president Joe Goldman on the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: https://bit.ly/2...
11/08/2018

A statement from our president Joe Goldman on the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: https://bit.ly/2DalMMJ

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Today, modern challenges — including hyper-partisanship, money in politics, and struggling media — threaten the health of American democracy. The Democracy Fund invests in change makers whose ideas and energy can make a difference. We advocate for solutions that can bring lasting improvements to our political system and we build bridges that help people come together to serve our nation. Since our founding, the Democracy Fund has invested more than $100 million to support a healthy democracy through three programs: - Vibrant Media & the Public Square: Supporting innovations and institutions that help people understand and participate in the democratic process. - Modern Elections & the Role of Money in Politics: Supporting bipartisan solutions that ensure that the views of the public come first in our democracy. - Principled Leadership & Effective Governance: Supporting approaches that help our elected leaders deliberate, negotiate, and serve the American people. Learn more at www.democracyfund.org.

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