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

Business Forward Foundation: Business Leaders for Vulnerable Communities

Business Forward Foundation (BFF) is a research and educational organization that takes a business-minded look at policy issues affecting America.


Local business leaders are among the most trusted voices in America. With their extensive experience dealing with rising health care costs, collapsing infrastructure, outdated schools, and foreign competition, we believe that political leaders can learn much from them. Business Forward Foundation (BFF) is dedicated to helping local business leaders host roundtables, publish op-eds, work with local media, and organize Washington fly-ins in an effort to add to the political conversations around issues.

With the help of our grant, Business Forward Foundation will develop a group of surrogates in key states who are available to discuss the importance of tolerance and diversity and respond in real time to cultural events. Through calls, webinars, and events, BFF will identify, recruit, and train hundreds of local business leaders to provide rapid response support. BFF seeks to build awareness, identify champions, and promote best practices to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of respecting and protecting vulnerable communities within our country.

Total Commitment

2019: $300,000 over 2 years 2018: $170,000 up to one year 2017: Up to $100,000 over one year