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How Democracy Fund is Rising to the Challenge of COVID-19

By Joe Goldman / 2020 April 3rd

Our democracy is facing even steeper challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what we’re doing to support our grantees and partners and energize the field for the road ahead. Read More

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From Strangers to Neighbors: Creating a More Inclusive America

By Laura Maristany / 2020 March 17th

Now, more than ever, I am sure many of us realize that feeling a sense of belonging requires a certain level of human interaction and connection. In fact, building connections with each other — through listening and learning in communities across the country — is the fundamental goal of the Constructive Politics portfolio. And even though we find ourselves in unusual times, Democracy Fund’s Constructive Politics grantees will continue to focus on developing long-term strategies that support opportunities for connecting, building, listening and work on creating more welcoming spaces. Read More

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An Open Letter to Our Grantees About COVID-19

By Joe Goldman / 2020 March 13th

We know this is an unsettling time as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to progress around the world and throughout the U.S. The health and safety of all of our grantees, partners, and the communities we serve are top concerns for all of us at Democracy Fund. Read More

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I’m Risk-Averse, But That Doesn’t Mean I Have To Like It

By Liz Ruedy / 2020 February 3rd

As a strategy, evaluation and learning specialist, I’m trained in a certain style of decision-making that includes consulting the relevant evidence base, triangulating my analysis, and deliberately surfacing any potential biases and assumptions. I try to make sure my decisions are thoughtful, informed, and focused on achieving the best possible outcome. But often, this means that my decisions are also not what I’d describe as bold. So while I’m often the one advising people to be more deliberate and methodical in their decision-making, I’m secretly a little envious of people who seem so ready to take those big leaps of faith. Read More

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Improving Motor Voter Registration: A Colorado Case Study

By Lisa Danetz / 2020 January 9th

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) officials handle 45% of the nation’s voter registration activity. Colorado, in particular, has stood out as a state that has implemented one of the more modern, collaborative, and user-friendly motor voter registration systems in the country. Read More

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