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Celebrating Civility in 2017

By Betsy Wright Hawkings / 2017 December 19th

At a time when some are uncertain about the strength of our democracy, organizations supported by Democracy Fund give me reason to feel grateful, and hopeful. Read More

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News Match Grows as New Funders Step Up to Support Nonprofit News

By Josh Stearns / 2017 November 20th

More than 20 new challenge grants mobilize thousands of new people to donate to local and investigative reporting. Read More

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Five Tips for Learning-Focused Meetings

By Donata Secondo / 2017 November 15th

Philanthropy is getting smarter about learning — but making space for learning can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you bring a learning mindset to your meetings. Read More

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Recruiting Poll Workers from Outside the Box

By Terry Ao Minnis / 2017 November 6th

For language minority voters, poll workers can make or break the success of their voting experience. To recruit quality poll workers, jurisdictions must have a proactive recruitment plan in place and must look at innovative ways to encourage people to serve. Read More

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Competent Poll Workers Bolstered Voters’ Confidence in 2016

By Jack Santucci / 2017 November 1st

Americans rely on poll workers to understand and help voters navigate election processes. To further promote trust in elections, election officials and advocates should continue to support poll workers’ success. Read More

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Is Social Media a Threat to Democracy?

By Tom Glaisyer / 2017 October 4th

Today The Omidyar Group released a paper co-authored by me and two colleagues at Omidyar Network on the role of social media platforms on democracy and the public square. Read More

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News Match Launches With $3 Million in Matching Funds for Nonprofit Newsrooms Across the Country

By Josh Stearns / 2017 October 2nd

We're teaming up with Knight Foundation and the MacArthur to double donations to nonprofit newsrooms. Join us and help strengthen the free press and restore trust in media. Read More

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Key to Healthy Democracy: Modern, Secure Elections

By Adam Ambrogi / 2017 September 28th

We invested in the Center for Democracy and Technology because technology experts and election professionals need a reliable and trusted cybersecurity resource. Joe Lorenzo Hall and the CDT team will create opportunities for learning and collaboration, and equip election officials with the solutions they need to protect voters and encourage participation in future elections. Read More

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How Is Philanthropy Working to Rebuild Trust in the Public Square?

By Josh Stearns / 2017 September 27th

Josh Stearns writes about the prevalence of misinformation and why it’s important for our country to reclaim “truth” and regain trust in our democratic institutions, including the press. He shares some of the innovative trust-building efforts underway and how grantmakers can support them. Read More

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Sneak Peek: New Data on What Americans Think About Voter Registration

By Natalie Adona / 2017 September 22nd

As National Voter Registration Day approaches, we're sharing new insights into how the American public views the voter registration process. Read More

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