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
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…
ReportFebruary 17, 2021The health of our American democracy requires strategic investment in community-led solutions that combat political violence and mitigate its cost to society. The Costs of…
ReportFebruary 2, 2021Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) play a crucial role in our elections. This report seeks to raise the level of recognition of the agency’s role…
Op-EdJanuary 20, 2021After a heroic effort to maintain the integrity of our election system over the past year, Wednesday’s inauguration marks a key turning point, one that…
StatementJanuary 14, 2021Last week, President Trump and his allies incited an insurrection against the United States of America in an attempt to undermine the peaceful transfer of…
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.