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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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Election Security Preparation for the 2018 Midterms

By Lindsay Daniels / 2018 June 28th

The Senate Rules and Administration Committee — the committee with jurisdiction over federal election issues — recently hosted their first hearing on election security since the 2016 election. The hearing was a long-overdue opportunity for state and local election officials and Congress to talk about how they can work together to improve our nation’s election integrity, following the attempts made in 2016 to interfere in the last Presidential election. Read More

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2017 Was a Record Breaking Year for Giving to Nonprofit News, Here is Why

By Josh Stearns / 2018 June 27th

3 months 109 Newsrooms 500 Hours of Training 25+ Foundations $4.8 Million Raised 43,000 New Donors. Here's how NewsMatch helped make 2017 a record-breaking year for giving to nonprofit news. Read More

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A $100 Million Commitment to Healthy Democracy​

By Joe Goldman / 2018 June 26th

July Fourth will also mark an important milestone in our growth as an institution — $100 million in grants made to organizations strengthening U.S. democracy. It has been our privilege to make these resources available to a remarkable group of leaders working to ensure that our democratic institutions deliver on their promise to the American people. Read More

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New Report: A Growing Gap in Philanthropic Support for Newsroom Diversity

By Lea Trusty / 2018 June 19th

Nationwide philanthropic efforts aimed at supporting newsroom diversity have experienced a sharp decline since 2009. Take a closer look at the data in our new report. Read More

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