The Democracy Fund aspires to the highest ideals of the American republic — government of, by, and for the people. We invest in organizations working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the priorities of the American public and has the capacity to meet the greatest challenges facing our country.
The Democracy Fund was created to respond to a troubling array of problems facing our nation’s political system. Trust in our governing institutions has reached historic lows as Congress’ approval ratings sinks into the single digits. Gridlock and hyper-partisanship have paralyzed our governing bodies, resulting in the least productive Congress in recent history and a political climate that makes problem solving all but impossible. The public’s voice is increasingly drowned out as political leaders become ever-more dependent on a relatively small group of large donors and special interests.
At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments to a strong, healthy political system.
Nonpartisanship is a cornerstone of the Democracy Fund’s work. We believe that creating a vibrant, healthy political system is in the interest of all Americans and that finding achievable solutions to the complex problems facing our democracy will require voices, expertise, and ideas from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
A catalyst for change, the Democracy Fund supports risk-taking ideas and strategies that shift the incentives driving political behavior. We value evidence-based learning both in developing and reflecting on our work. As a collaborative organization, we endeavor to be transparent and to build the capacity to provide our partners with a broad range of resources to support our shared goals. Our approach is further distinguished by our commitment to work across the aisle to find common ground on issues of national concern.
The Democracy Fund was created in 2011 by eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar as an initiative of Omidyar Network. In 2014, the Democracy Fund became an independent private foundation.
The Democracy Fund is part of The Omidyar Group. For more information about the Omidyars’ personal, professional, and philanthropic interests, visit www.omidyargroup.com.
The Democracy Fund aims to play a catalytic role in improving our political system through our grant making. We typically make a substantial investment in the success of our grantee organizations. We work closely with our grantees to help them achieve their goals, seeking a governance role where appropriate. To have the greatest impact, we invest according to the following criteria:
The Democracy Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals. We proactively seek new grants based on our strategic priorities and typically source deals from within our network of partners and contacts.
Value to Our Portfolio
Our grantees’ success is our success. We support and collaborate with portfolio organizations to help them grow and reach their full potential. We provide value in the following ways:
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