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

Muckrock Foundation

MuckRock Foundation is a non-profit, collaborative news site that brings together journalists, academics, activists, and regular citizens to request, analyze, and share government documents in an attempt to make politics more transparent and democracies more informed.

WHY WE INVESTED

The Freedom of Information Act and state public records laws are powerful tools for transparency, government accountability, and civic participation, but using these laws can often be a challenging process for veteran requesters and first-time filers alike. While public records are all property of the people, it’s often hard to engage the public and convey the importance of these laws to a participatory democracy.

With the help of our grant, MuckRock will provide software, editorial content, live events, and other services to help make requesting the proper documents much easier, more collaborative, and more effective. The software will be able to guide veteran and novice requesters through the process and make it easy to quickly to see the current status of all the requests, browse through tens of thousands of other public requests filed by other users, and look up detailed information on how responsive a given agency or jurisdiction historically has been.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

1. On Twitter, follow @MuckRock.

2. Sign up for their newsletter to follow their latest updates here.

3. Like them on Facebook here.

Total Commitment

2017: Up to $200,000 over 2 years.

    Reports

    Media