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 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies informs and illuminates the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to: 1) improve the socioeconomic status of communities of color; 2) expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and 3) promote communications and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society. The Joint Center was originally founded in 1970 to support black elected officials, and today we support elected officials and policy experts who serve communities of color. Our key values include quality, accessibility, and commitment to community.


Our investment seeks to increase the function of the U.S. government by making it more representative of the people. The Joint Center, in coordination with over 35 African-American groups and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, will be working to make Congress more representative of the people they serve. This effort builds on the 2015 study commissioned by the Hewlett’s Madison initiative which identified the disproportionately low levels of staffers and senior staffers of color on Capitol Hill. An investment in the efforts of The Joint Center will allow them to identify, train and place talented people of color to serve within the legislative branch of the government. This is a unique, new effort that will help our institutions to be more inclusive. The size of this effort and the collaborative nature of the project will help to create an impact in the field.


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