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When the Evidence Isn’t Evident: Why Are Some Kinds of Impact So Hard to Measure?

By Liz Ruedy / 2019 August 29th

At Democracy Fund, these models have lent new nuance to a perpetual question: how do we measure the impact of democracy work? We understand that there’s a big difference between impact and no impact, and that we shouldn’t hide behind “impact is hard to measure” to avoid admitting when we’re simply not achieving it. But while I wish there was a methodological silver bullet to measure democratic change, the truth is that it can be hard to measure some impacts using specific evidence within a specific period of time. In other words, for some types of impact, the evidence is less, well, evident. Read More

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Three reports spotlight the role of media by and for diverse communities in America

By Lea Trusty / 2019 July 10th

Our three-part report series on American Indian, African American, and Hispanic media in the United States shines a light on the important role of media by and for diverse communities. Read More

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Stewards of Democracy: The Views of American Local Election Officials

By Natalie Adona / 2019 June 26th

Stewards of Democracy: The Views of American Local Election Officials details the findings of the Democracy Fund-Reed College 2018 Survey of Local Election Officials (2018 LEO Survey), designed to capture the collective experience of officials across the country, and to help us learn more about their perspectives on election administration, access, integrity, and reform. Read More

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Announcing a New Fund for Investing in Faith in Democracy

By Chris Crawford / 2019 June 3rd

In collaboration with The Fetzer Institute and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), Democracy Fund is excited to announce a new pooled investment fund focused on supporting faith-based initiatives and bold leaders who are working to unify Americans and promote our shared democratic values. Read More

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Knowing It’s Right: Limiting the Risk of Certifying Elections

By Tammy Patrick / 2019 May 22nd

The what and the how of Risk-Limiting Audits are not well understood by many. Jennifer Morrell’s new, two-part report explores how election officials administer RLAs—saving time, taxpayer money, and ensuring that election results are correct. Read More

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What We Learned Through NewsMatch Can Help All of Local News

By Josh Stearns / 2019 May 14th

By raising awareness, capacity, and dollars for local newsrooms, NewsMatch helped make 2018 a record-breaking year for giving to nonprofit journalism. Here's how. Read More

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New Report: Challenges and Opportunities for Hispanic Media in the Digital Age

By Jessica Retis / 2019 May 13th

Author Jessica Retis highlights major trends and challenges for Hispanic media in today’s digital age and offers recommendations for funders and advocates who want to support the growth of Hispanic media to serve bilingual and bicultural audiences in the United States. Read More

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Announcing the Legal Clinic Fund: Strengthening Legal Support for Local News

By Estizer Smith / 2019 May 9th

Threats to press freedom are threats to democracy. Our new Legal Clinic Fund will help ensure newsrooms have access to legal support for first amendment defense, media access, and transparency. Read More

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As We Wait for Attorney General Barr to Release the Mueller Report, What Foundations Should Do

By Joe Goldman / 2019 April 12th

Foundations are in a special position to invest in groups that will fix the problems in elections revealed by the inquiry and those that seek to restore faith in our democratic norms. Read More

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Celebrating Women Who Are Making Democracy Stronger

By Anne Gleich / 2019 March 26th

As Democracy Fund commemorates Women’s History Month, we also want to celebrate and thank our incredible women-led and women-focused grantees who are making their mark on history right now by working for a stronger, healthier American democracy. Read More

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