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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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A Year After Charlottesville

By Joe Goldman / 2018 August 9th

Defending our democracy and standing up for our core values means pushing back on the escalation of racism, nativism, and xenophobia in our national discourse. Today and every day, we find hope and inspiration in the actions of those who stand against hatred and against those actions and rhetoric that offend the human dignity of all. Read More

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North Carolina organizations building a bold future for news and information together

By Teresa Gorman / 2018 August 1st

How can we help local news survive, transform, and thrive? This question will not be answered by one person, one organization, or one innovation. This theory is at the core of the work of the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund, which is announcing $500,000 in grants today. Read More

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Congress Needs Modern Tech to Keep Up with Constituents’ Needs. Here’s How Philanthropy Can Help.

By Chris Nehls / 2018 July 12th

Although civic engagement is essential to our democracy, Congress sorely lacks the resources needed to keep up with the staggering volume of constituent communication. The challenges are so fundamental that even modest levels of funding can create transformative change—and a stronger democracy will be the ROI. Read More

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Listening to Our Grantees: Lessons from our Second Grantee Perception Survey

By Joe Goldman / 2018 July 11th

​Last year, Democracy Fund took part in our second Grantee Perception Survey. We are grateful to our grantees for their thoughtful and detailed feedback, and this blog post provides an update on what we heard and what we’ve committed to doing differently. Read More

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