Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

The Aspen Institute: Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership

The Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership seeks to to deepen and positively impact civil and political discourse by reducing partisanship, increasing civility, and fostering the development of relationships among state and local elected officeholders.

​Why We Invested

Under the hypothesis that local and state governing bodies tend to be the breeding grounds for federal office, addressing bipartisanship and leadership at the source is a crucial and under-utilized strategy. The Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership (Rodel Fellowships) works to build lasting bonds among “junior” lawmakers with proven results. The Democracy Fund’s additional funding will support ongoing engagement and relationship building among and across fellowship classes, regions, and officeholder groups. Furthermore, part of an effective strategy for changing the way Congress works is changing the behavior of those who serve in Congress. There continues to be a strong energy around, and potential for impact among, these office holders.

The Rodel Fellowships seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation’s most promising young political leaders to explore, through study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership.

How to Get Involved

1. Follow the Aspen Institute @AspenInstitute.

Total Commitment

2018: $250,000 over two years 2015: Up to $350,000 over two years.