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

Ignite & Empowered Women

IGNITE and Empowered Women are female lead nonprofit organizations that build national movements to dramatically increase the pool of women who are prepared and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.


Our constitution calls for a government by the people for the people, yet our governing bodies are 80% white and 80% male. Because women face different opportunities and expectations, they provide an infusion of new ideas, new perspectives, and different negotiating styles. Gender balance in political leadership has the potential to heal our democracy and create policies that promote equal opportunity for all. This grant will support efforts by IGNITE and Empowered Women to bring together women-focused organizations and to help them plan ways to work together to achieve political parity in the United States. By uniting their focus, we will help to create more women leaders in the United States and make our government more effective and more representative of the people they serve.


1. Engaging with Empowered Women and Ignite on social media.
2. Learn more about the movement here.
3. Attend an event.

Total Commitment

2016: Up to $165,000 over two years.