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

Social Data Initiative

The Social Data Initiative, a project of the Social Science Research Council, develops and manages necessary infrastructure for the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants competition that provides financial and proprietary Facebook data access support for researchers.


The Social Data Initiative will examine social media’s impact on society and democracy, explore questions about the responsible use of social network data, and generate insights to inform solutions.

Democracy Fund, along with the Omidyar Network, Hewlett Foundation and several other leading foundations have come together to support the research efforts that will be enabled through this program. We believe that independent funding of this research is critical, and hope that the program will help the public and policymakers better understand how Facebook is shaping our elections, social fabric, and democratic life.

Total Commitment

2018: $150,000 up to one year.