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Defending Democracy and the Rule of Law through Accountability and Oversight

By Lara Flint / 2018 April 2nd

To ensure that checks and balances, separation of powers, rule of law, and accountability aren’t just Washington buzzwords, we’re supporting leaders and organizations from across the political spectrum who are working to strengthen the foundational principles and institutions of our democracy. Read More

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Our special projects to defend democracy

By Lauren Strayer / 2018 March 27th

Four new special projects aim to strengthen the checks and balances that help Americans hold our government accountable, support people and institutions under attack, and help our leaders better understand trends in public opinion that have produced today's politics. Read More

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New York Times Op-Ed: Is Trump Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name?

By Joe Goldman / 2018 March 20th

In the past two years, a wave of distressing commentary has stressed the fragility of American democracy and the potential, inspired by President Trump, for emerging authoritarianism. But a year into the Trump administration, Americans are rejecting authoritarian alternatives to democracy. Read More

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How do you know that learning has happened?

By Srik Gopal / 2018 March 7th

​Learning is having its moment in philanthropy. So how does one know that learning has, in fact, happened? Read More

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Democracy Fund Welcomes New Teammates

By Margaret Yao / 2018 February 26th

​Diverse perspectives inform us, passion for impact fuels us, and the power of action together ignites us. As Chief People Officer of the Democracy Fund, I am inspired by the individuals with whom I work side by side - and even more excited by the alchemy generated by each of our teams. Read More

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The Ones Who Care

By Laura Maristany / 2018 February 23rd

As we welcome a new year — and inch closer to midterm elections — the makeup of our current Congress continues to gain attention. With growing frustration around their perceived dysfunction, the need for leadership development, and particularly, candidate development programs across the nation have become a topic of national concern. Read More

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$3.25 Million to Support Knight First Amendment Institute

By Tom Glaisyer / 2018 February 22nd

Today, Democracy Fund with our colleagues at First Look Media announced a general operating support grant of $3.25 million to support the Institute because their research, litigation, and public education efforts are an important building block in our support for First Amendment freedoms — especially our commitment to ensuring freedom of the press. Read More

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NewsMatch Leads to Record Setting Year for Nonprofit News

By Josh Stearns / 2018 February 14th

​The results are in, and NewsMatch was a resounding success. Nearly every one of the more than 100 newsrooms who participated raised more dollars from more donors than ever before. Read More

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Local People Will Create the Future of Local News

By Teresa Gorman / 2018 February 7th

Today we are announcing two new locally-based and locally-driven funds — totaling more than $2 million — that will invest in ideas, people and organizations that are work to ensure people have access to the news and information they need in these communities. The funds will focus on building more healthy news ecosystems as a vital part of just communities and a healthy democracy. Read More

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A New Fund Aims to Put the Public Back into the Public Square

By Paul Waters / 2018 January 23rd

​Today four foundations are announcing a new joint fund designed to fuel a new era of journalism rooted in listening to communities. The Community Listening and Engagement Fund (CLEF) is dedicated to helping news organizations better listen, engage, and produce more relevant content for the communities they serve. Read More

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