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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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Supporting Listening, Learning, and Community Connection for a Stronger Democracy

By Laura Maristany / 2018 November 5th

Rising extremism and tribalism threatens democracy here at home and around the world. Learn how Democracy Fund is partnering with universities, think tanks, and nonprofit organizations to foster constructive dialogue between leaders from diverse communities and across the political spectrum. Read More

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A Bold Funder Collaboration Focuses on Supporting Journalism that Strengthens Democracy

By Josh Stearns / 2018 November 1st

NewsMatch 2018 launches with new funders, new newsrooms, new chances to support local news and investigative reporting, and more than $3 million in matching dollars for nonprofit news organizations. Read More

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Key to Trusted Elections: Understanding the Voter Experience

By Natalie Adona / 2018 October 18th

Our new report offers insight into the individual-level decision to vote or not, the public’s’ knowledge and application of voter registration requirements the over all voter experience and the public’s trust and confidence in U.S. elections. Read More

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Democracy Fund Relaunches electionline

By Stacey Scholl / 2018 October 18th

The new and improved electionline is America’s only politics-free source is for trusted news and information about the people and processes that guide our nation’s elections, and a vital platform for sharing tools, best practices, and innovative ideas for improving the voting experience. Read More

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Six Models for Understanding Impact

By Liz Ruedy / 2018 September 25th

How do we know that the work we’re doing is making a difference? Democracy Fund's Director of Evaluation and Learning shares several ways philanthropy can analyze and better understand change in complex systems. Read More

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Military Spouses Need More Voting Information to Increase Participation and Confidence

By Stacey Scholl / 2018 September 24th

As part of Absentee Voting Week, Stacey Scholl explains how the U.S. can increase participation and confidence among military spouses. Read More

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Journalism Funders Call on Newsrooms to Respond to ASNE Diversity Survey

By Tom Glaisyer / 2018 September 20th

The American Society of News Editors has taken the rare step of extending the deadline of its annual Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey after receiving a less than 14% response rate. Today, we're calling on newsrooms to respond. Read More

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Leap of Faith: Empowering Faith Leaders to Strengthen Democracy

By Chris Crawford / 2018 September 17th

Democracy Fund is investing in innovative efforts that empower faith leaders to build bridges, break through polarizing paradigms, and create a more inclusive America. Read More

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Adapting Long-term Strategies in Times of Profound Change

By Srik Gopal / 2018 August 24th

What happens to long-term philanthropic strategies when context changes considerably? Srik Gopal shares how Democracy Fund has grappled with the challenge of changing context and offers three ways foundations can better adapt and respond. Read More

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