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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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Introducing the Engaged Journalism Lab

By Josh Stearns / 2018 June 18th

The Democracy Fund Engaged Journalism Lab, a new project from our Public Square Program, aims to be a resource for building and supporting trusted, inclusive, and audience-driven journalism. Read More

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Democracy Fund Announces 2018 National Advisory Committee

By Lauren Strayer / 2018 June 7th

We are excited to announce the new cohort of the Democracy Fund National Advisory Committee. This group of leaders from across the political spectrum brings expertise in politics, academia, media, culture, and philanthropy, and are committed to helping us find achievable solutions to our nation’s biggest problems. Read More

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Increasing Trust in Elections: Democracy Fund’s Election Validation Project

By Tammy Patrick / 2018 May 29th

In collaboration with election officials and administrators across the country, Jennifer Morrell will lead our new project to help boost voter confidence in election results through rigorous audits, standards, and testing. Read More

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2017 Lessons Can Improve the Vote-By-Mail Experience in 2018

By Tammy Patrick / 2018 May 14th

As vote-by-mail becomes more widely used in elections across the U.S., we offer a few quick tips for elections administrators and voters that can help ensure all eligible ballots are received and counted. Read More

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DF-LEO: Understanding Elections through Local Election Officials

By Natalie Adona / 2018 April 24th

In partnership with Reed College, Democracy Fund is launching a new survey of local election officials intended to amplify their voices in national, state, and regional conversations about election administration and reform. Read More

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A Special Project to Defend America’s Fourth Estate

By Josh Stearns / 2018 April 24th

Alarmed by escalating political attacks against journalists and concerned about what those threats meant for the public’s access to information, Democracy Fund has launched a special project focused specifically on bolstering and defending journalism’s ability to serve as a robust fourth estate. Read More

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