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Our Political System is Not a Game: Real Leaders Know When to Accept Defeat

By Joe Goldman / 2016 September 21st

When candidates lose elections, we expect that they will accept defeat and call for the American people to come together as a nation. Period. Read More

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Bridging the Bicoastal Bubbles on Civic Tech

By Chris Nehls / 2016 September 12th

Without focusing first on solutions that can strengthen government institutions, devising new online tools to amplify the public’s voice may simply add more noise to an already cacophonous system. Read More

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Civic Journalism, Engaged Journalism: Tracing the Connections

By Geneva Overholser / 2016 August 3rd

The Democracy Fund sees public engagement as a key element of its work to support vibrant media and the public square. And among the questions its considered as it thinks about modern engaged journalism is this: How is it different from civic journalism? Read More

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Supporting Servicemembers through the Military Voter Education Project

By Stacey Scholl / 2016 July 1st

Democracy Fund is proud to announce a new grant to the Military Officers Association of America Military Family Initiative (MMFI) for its Military Voter Education Project. Read More

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Welcoming Aboard Srik Gopal

By Joe Goldman / 2016 June 28th

This week we are excited to announce the newest addition to the Democracy Fund team – Srik Gopal, Vice President of Strategy, Learning, and Impact. Read More

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A Fresh Look for the Democracy Fund

By Lauren Strayer / 2016 June 22nd

On our second anniversary as an independent foundation, the Democracy Fund is excited to share our fresh look and updated program names. Read More

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Designing Ballots for Tomorrow

By Natalie Adona / 2016 June 6th

The Elections Program at Democracy Fund proudly welcomes the Center for Civic Design as its newest grantee. Read More

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Welcoming New Teammates

By Joe Goldman / 2016 May 16th

As we near the Democracy Fund’s two-year Independence anniversary, we are delighted to welcome three new staff members to our team. Read More

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Strengthening our Systems Thinking Muscles

By Donata Secondo / 2016 April 20th

Reflecting on what has been hard to see in the sometimes tedious day-to-day of map-building: just how strong our systems muscles are becoming. Read More

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Deconstructing Congressional Dysfunction: A Systems-based Approach

By Betsy Wright Hawkings / 2016 April 11th

In my years of service on Capitol Hill, I saw first hand that Congress is full of good people driven to make our world a better place. Yet for far too many Americans, Congress is not fulfilling its responsibilities as a representative body. Why? And can it be helped? Read More

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