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

Hearken: Engaged Elections and The Citizens Agenda

Hearken, fiscally sponsored by American Press Institute, is a company that develops innovative ways to connect journalists with the audiences and communities they serve.

​Why We Invested

Democracy Fund is providing financial support to two of Hearken’s projects, Engaged Elections and The Citizens Agenda, that will improve the news coverage of elections by ensuring that journalists provide the information voters in their communities want and need.

Hearken convened Engaged Elections conversations at the 2019 Engagement Innovation Summit. The Summit brings together journalists and engagement practitioners from a variety of fields to learn and share strategies for both elections coverage and more generally for audience-centered storytelling. The Citizens Agenda is a collaboration of Hearken, The Membership Puzzle Project, and Trusting News to promote elections news coverage that is responsive to community concerns. The downloadable toolkit is a step by step guide to help newsrooms design an engaged elections strategy and implement coverage.

Total Commitment

2019: $104,230