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

The Center for Technology and Civic Life

The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) is a non-partisan, non-profit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact. They provide free and low-cost resources for local election administrators so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with voters. They also publish free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation.

Why We Invested

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is dedicated to helping election officials rise to their technical challenges with easy-to-use tools and practices. To accomplish this, CTCL convenes election officials and helps them identify their greatest needs and then looks for collaborative solutions. CTCL is also a leader on the collection and organization of ballot data, looking to improve the way this information is created and shared.

Democracy Fund believes that supporting the capacity of local election officials through innovative tools and technical training is key to ensuring a modern, trusted, and voter-centric election administration system. Effective election administration enhances the public’s trust in elections, which increases voter participation.

Additional Grants include 2013: Up to $50,000 over one year. 2014: $60,000 over one year. 2015: Up to $400,000 over two years.

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Total Commitment

2019: $550,000 over 2 years 2017: Up to $500,000 over 2 years, $40,000 over 1 year.

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