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Op-Ed: Trump’s Emergency Declaration Threatens Philanthropy’s Core Values

By Joe Goldman / 2019 February 20th

The President’s declaration demonstrates his disregard for our Constitution and his willingness to circumvent our system of checks and balances. Declaring an emergency when none exists sets a dangerous precedent for the rule of law. It is the quintessential example of the executive branch appropriating power to itself. Read More

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NewsMatch 2018 raises $7.6 million, fueling growth in local news and investigative journalism.

By Josh Stearns / 2019 February 12th

New data from newsrooms all across the country shows that 2018 was a record-breaking year for community support of nonprofit news. Read More

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New Rules and Select Committee Create Opportunity for a More Effective Congress

By Chris Nehls / 2019 January 14th

New rules passed by the House of Representatives and the creation of a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress reveal bipartisan momentum for improving Congress’ capacity to function and restoring public trust in government institutions. Read More

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Not Just Another Election Year: Reflections on Defending Democracy in 2018

By Joe Goldman / 2018 December 20th

Across the nation, I see dedicated Americans standing up for the type of democracy they want and working daily to build it. Here are some of the ways our grantees and partners have helped to strengthen and defend our democracy this year. Read More

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Constructive Oversight in the Newly Elected Congress

By Lara Flint / 2018 November 27th

The first-ever Oversight Summit convened experts from nonprofits, think tanks, Congress, and the executive branch to share best practices and strategies for improving oversight of and by the federal government and featured organizations across the political spectrum working to support meaningful oversight, transparency, and accountability efforts. Read More

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Building a Team to Invest in Democracy

By Lauren Strayer / 2018 November 26th

Democracy Fund is creating a new program to help educate and engage philanthropists seeking to invest in the health of our democracy. Read More

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Op-Ed: How Philanthropy Can Do More to Stand Up for America’s Democracy

By Joe Goldman / 2018 November 25th

As philanthropic leaders, we find it especially challenging to know what our role should be at a time like this. We represent nonpartisan institutions concerned about issues as disparate as civic engagement, civil rights, the environment, the arts, and more. Read More

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New Report Highlights State of American Indian Media Today

By Jodi Rave / 2018 November 20th

News organizations in Indian Country are grappling with many of the same challenges around sustainability that face the rest of the journalism industry, but it is exacerbated by low levels of philanthropic support. Read More

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Learning from History to Plan for What’s Next

By Joe Goldman / 2018 November 7th

Understanding the experiences of other democracies can help us grapple with challenges we are experiencing today, and plan for those that may lie ahead. Democracy Fund invited Rachel Kleinfeld and David Solimini of the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace to write What Comes Next? Lessons for the Recovery of Liberal Democracy to tackle just this question. Read More

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Local Officials Working to Make Your Vote Secure

By Adam Ambrogi / 2018 November 6th

As the nation gears up for what could be one of the most historic mid-term elections, it’s important to separate the misconceptions from realities when assessing the safety and security of our elections. Read More

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