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

The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), a project of the University of Arizona Foundation, integrates research, practice and policy and works with elected officials, the public, and the media to collaborate on the major issues facing the country.

Why We Invested

The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) is dedicated to addressing political dysfunction in American democracy by promoting respectful and civil discourse across the nation’s political divisions. It is one of the nation’s leading organizations supporting more constructive politics in the United States. Through its trainings with legislators and outreach to everyday Americans, NICD is creating space for issues-based conversations and finding common ground in the United States. Democracy Fund supports its work as part of our efforts to create a more inclusive, pluralistic, civil America.

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: