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

Center for Effective Lawmaking

The Center for Effective Lawmaking is a nonpartisan organization created in 2017 to advance the generation, communication, and use of new knowledge about the effectiveness of individual lawmakers and legislative institutions in Congress. The Center is a joint project of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.


Like Democracy Fund, the Center for Effective Lawmaking envisions a Congress comprised of effective lawmakers, strong institutional capacity, and the incentive structure needed to address America’s greatest public policy challenges.

This grant will support the Center’s research and outreach efforts to promote legislative effectiveness among lawmakers across the United States, including updating Representatives’ and Senators’ Legislative ‘Effectiveness Scores’ to provide scholars, journalists, and members of the general public with information about the relative effectiveness of Members of the contemporary Congress.

Total Commitment

2018: $150,000