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 University of Chicago: Project on Political Reform

The Project of Political Reform (PPR), a project of The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, seeks to improve policy and decision making by shifting the conception of public policy from an ideology, reliant on politics and pedigree, to a science, rooted in data and impact.


In this era of hyper-partisanship, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents can agree to varying degrees that the government system in the United States needs to be repaired. The Project on Political Reform (PPR) is seeking to identify politically viable strategies for mitigating polarization by hosting bipartisan conferences and informative workshops for political practitioners and scholars to advance reform ideas.

With the help of our grant, PPR will host conferences and workshops on the nature, causes, and dynamics of political polarization in the United States. By facilitating research on the efficacy of political and governmental reform proposals, fostering greater reciprocal dialogue and collaboration between relevant parties and policy-makers, and creating opportunities for greater bipartisan dialogue in impartial environments, PPR seeks to surface and discuss politically viable ideas for political or governmental reform to mitigate polarization.


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Total Commitment

2018: $280,000 over two years 2017: Up to $250,000 over one year.