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

National Institute for Civil Discourse

Chaired by former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the National Institute for Civil Discourse is committed to fostering an open exchange of ideas and expression of values that will lead to better problem-solving and more effective government. The Institute promotes the frank, respectful and vigorous debate that has been our nation’s legacy and is required to meet the urgent challenges now facing America.

Why We Invested

The increasingly strident tenor of the nation’s public discourse affects our democracy, and our ability to work together as a nation to address the major challenges that America must confront. In a world of instant communication, it is more important now than at any other time in our history that we find avenues to speak across political divides and party lines and communicate in ways that will foster dialogue, conversation and legitimate debate. NICD will be a catalyst to mobilize political will and public pressure towards improving the quality of discourse in our nation.

Additional grants to NICD include up to $800,000 over two years in 2011 and up to $500,000 over one year in 2014.

How You Can Get Involved

Subscribe to the Institute’s newsletter to learn more about their programs. During the mid-term campaign season, you can also view their “Respect or Reject” website, where you can rank political campaign ads for their civility: