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Mapping Systems is… Complex

By Joe Goldman / 2016 March 31st

The Democracy Fund has spent the past year experimenting with a methodology to map the dynamic patterns and causal relationships that shape how systems involved with local journalism, elections, and Congress are influencing the health of our democracy. Here's what we've learned so far. Read More

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Democracy Fund Announces Bipartisan National Advisory Committee

By Democracy Fund / 2016 March 29th

The Democracy Fund is pleased to welcome 12 advisors from both sides of the political spectrum, representing government, academia, and advocacy. Read More

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Mapping to Learn: Applying a Systems Lens to Local Journalism

By Tom Glaisyer / 2016 March 28th

After working collaboratively with experts, journalists, funders, and other stakeholders over the past year, our new systems map illustrates the major forces and trends driving the evolution of local news and supporting and inhibiting the public’s ability to be informed and engaged. Read More

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The 5 Principles of Integrity in Elections

By Paul DeGregorio / 2016 February 29th

As this election year unfolds, our voting process will face intense scrutiny. A commitment to ethics is essential. Read More

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New ‘Healthy Congress’ Report Shows Signs of Hope

By Betsy Wright Hawkings / 2016 February 2nd

The Bipartisan Policy Center has released its latest quarterly assessment of Congress’s ability to effectively govern. The diagnosis? There are signs of hope, but still too little function in the system. Read More

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Cranking up the Truth-O-Meter: Giving a boost to Truth in Politics

By Tom Glaisyer / 2016 January 13th

Democracy Fund is pleased to announce our support for PolitiFact, an independent, nonpartisan news organization focused on bringing the public the truth in politics. Read More

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Long Lines: How I learned to stop worrying and love queueing theory

By Natalie Adona / 2016 January 7th

New tools can help election administrators run elections more smoothly, serve voters, and save time and money. Did we mention they’re free and easy-to-use? Read More

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Guest Post: To Strengthen Democracy in America, Think Tech

By Micah Sifry / 2016 January 5th

A decade-and-a-half into the digital century, the vast majority of large foundations concerned with strengthening American democracy don’t seem to get tech... Read More

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Working Group Offers Meaningful Ways to Make Military Voting Easier

By Stacey Scholl / 2015 December 21st

Most people are unaware of the confusing system our service members and overseas voters face when trying to request and cast their absentee ballot. Read More

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The Governance Program One Year Later

By Betsy Wright Hawkings / 2015 December 14th

Looking back at my first year at the Democracy Fund, I can say working with a group of people truly committed to engaging the whole political spectrum is a remarkable and educational experience... Read More

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