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.
Our New Strategy
Democracy Fund revisited our strategy to learn how we can better contribute to creating a more inclusive, multiracial democracy. Learn more about our new five-year organizational strategy and refreshed program strategies.
The Latest See all Ideas
Democracy Fund Statement on the Passing of Common Cause President Karen Hobert FlynnMarch 7, 2023Democracy Fund mourns the loss of Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn. Her role as a staunch democracy defender over the past four decades and…
Democracy Fund’s New Digital Democracy StrategyDecember 12, 2022We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us. - Freedom’s Journal, 1827 In April 2022, Democracy Fund announced our…
The State of Election Administration in 2022November 2, 2022In a nation of over 258.3 million eligible voters, election officials’ myriad duties differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction—small to large, rural to urban—and from voter…
Introducing Our New Elections & Voting StrategyOctober 11, 2022In April 2022, Democracy Fund announced a new organizational strategy with a commitment to investing in the power and leadership of communities of color to…
Democracy Fund’s New Equitable Journalism StrategyOctober 3, 2022In April 2022, Democracy Fund announced our new organizational strategy with a commitment to investing in the power and leadership of communities of color to…
How We Know Journalism is Good for DemocracySeptember 15, 2022At Democracy Fund, we see every day how local news strengthens democracy. People rely on local news to figure out who to vote for, how…
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.
Examining and delivering insights on the evolving views of American voters.Voter Study Group
Creating new kinds of collaboration between journalists, newsrooms, and communities.Local News Lab
America’s only source for politics-free news about our nation’s elections.electionline
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.
Building an Open and Just Democracy
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.