Creating an Open & Just Democracy
Democracy Fund works toward an open and just democracy that is resilient in the face of change and worthy of the American people’s trust. We support partners and ideas from across the political spectrum in pursuit of a vibrant and diverse public square, free and fair elections, effective and accountable government, and a just and inclusive society. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.
The Latest See all Ideas
Understanding the Career Journeys of Today’s Local Election Officials and Anticipating Tomorrow’s Potential ShortageApril 20, 2021Part of "Stewards of Democracy," a series on findings from the 2020 Democracy Fund/Reed College Survey of Local Election Officials A modern, trusted, and equitable…
BlogApril 19, 2021Introduction to "Stewards of Democracy," a series on findings from the 2020 Democracy Fund/Reed College Survey of Local Election Officials Political observers expected the 2020…
BlogMarch 19, 2021This week’s tragedy could have been avoided. For months, AAPI women in journalism have been sounding the alarm on the dramatic rise in racist and xenophobic attacks. Unfortunately,…
BlogMarch 8, 2021Social media companies have harmed our economy, government, social fabric, and public square. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol, which was…
ReportMarch 3, 2021The new report "Healthy Local News & Information Ecosystems: A Diagnostic Framework,” presents a framework to help local news funders assess whether a community’s information…
BlogMarch 1, 2021Independent journalism is an essential instrument of accountability and critical to the health of our republic. Without it, the public’s ability to check the power…
Take a Deeper Dive
Local News Lab, electionline, and Voter Study Group are Democracy Fund initiatives that provide original, curated information on sustainable local journalism, election administration, and the changing views of the American electorate.
What We Do
Democracy Fund champions the leaders and organizations who defend democracy and challenge our political system to be more open and just. We play many roles in service of the field of democracy reform, but first and foremost we are a funder, a philanthropic advisor, and an advocate.
Our democracy is a complex, imperfect system — a continual work in progress. While our political system has proven resilient over time, it has never fully served the needs of all Americans. We must challenge it to be better.
A more open and just democracy will protect the dignity and rights of all people, hold power accountable, and ensure everyone has a say in shaping America’s future.