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 Lenfest Institute for Journalism: Community Listening and Engagement Fund (CLEF)

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is the first-of-its-kind non-profit organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism.

Why We Invested

The Community Listening and Engagement Fund (CLEF) is a grant-making initiative created by the Lenfest Institute to help news organizations produce more relevant and trusted coverage for the diverse audiences they serve. ​The new fund will subsidize the costs for newsrooms to adopt Hearken and GroundSource, two platforms designed by journalists to bring the public more deeply into the reporting process. CLEF initially supported Hearken and GroundSource exclusively for the first two rounds of funding. CLEF now also supports the Listening Post Collective’s Membership Program, the Coral Project’s “Talk” and DocumentCloud & MuckRock.

CLEF is dedicated to helping news organizations better listen, engage, and produce more relevant content for the communities they serve. Democracy Fund is honored to join the News Integrity Initiative, Lenfest Institute for Journalism Education, and the Knight Foundation in creating this new resource to bring proven models of public-powered journalism to more newsrooms around the country.

Total Commitment

2017: $200,000 over two years