The post-2016 “Trump bump” brought in lots of new progressive donors, and spurred others to ramp up their giving. But front-line organizations looking to get out the vote remain under-resourced. The Movement Voter Project aims to bridge that gap.
The 2020 census has put many foundations on a state of high alert, given the enormous stakes. One tough challenge is ensuring that residents of rural America are fully counted. Who’s supporting census work off the beaten path? And where are grants going?
The Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom looks to help people live better lives and shape a better world through the application of Jewish wisdom. For the second year in a row, the prize is backing work that shores up democratic institutions under attack.
For years, the organizations that pushed for tougher immigration restrictions operated on the fringes of policy debates. Now, with a powerful friend in the White House, they are enjoying new influence. We take a deep dive into their sources of funding.
The Campaign Legal Center calls itself “democracy’s nonpartisan watchdog.” That’s a hard role to fill these days, but with plenty of concerned funders in its corner, the D.C.-based organization is determined to safeguard the electoral process in the courts.
For the State Infrastructure Fund, the 2018 elections were a step in the right direction. But the fund’s long campaign to protect voting right and bolster civic engagement still has plenty of ground to cover in the run-up to 2020.
The Defending the Dream Fund is among the new rapid-response efforts that have popped up since the 2016 election. It recently made its third round of grants—its biggest yet. Who’s behind the fund, and where’s the money going?
With backing from Knight and other funders, Philadelphia has been engaged in a unique experiment to strengthen the city’s civic engagement ecosystem. This initiative has had to overcome a number of challenges.
Donald Trump may be a billionaire, but no recent president has inspired fiercer opposition within the far upper class. Many top philanthropists are among those who’ve given record sums in the most expensive mid-term election in U.S. history.
If more young people made it to the polls, so the story goes, politics would look a whole lot different. This piece from last year looked at giving by a trio of funders aiming to engage young Americans in new ways—starting with the 2018 mid-terms.
Never mind that nonsense about how a firewall exists between philanthropy and partisan politics. This election day, we’re republishing our handy primer on how donors can sway elections—and get a tax break!
Lots of grant money has been flowing lately for movement building. The Akonadi Foundation is among those funders now looking to translate that energy into gains at the ballot box, as we explored in an article first published in May.
The 2016 election demonstrated the vulnerability of American democracy to manipulation by outside actors. In this article first published in April, we looked at the funders working to bolster election security for the mid-terms.
It’s not just foundations that are channelling new funds to democracy work. Rising anxiety about the future of American civic life is also sparking university giving in this space—including recent donations to UVA.
While boosting civic engagement is a deeply local enterprise, this is a tricky area for community foundations to navigate. We talk to the Fairfield County Community Foundation about its new work to spur higher turnout.
The Obama Foundation is raising a ton of money as the former president builds a platform to advance his longstanding passion for strengthening U.S. democracy and civic life. Where’s all this cash coming from?
The Pittsburgh Foundation recently unveiled a new Social Justice Fund that was co-designed in partnership with nine local leaders to support social justice work in the region. Here’s a closer look at this unusual effort.
As the most populous state, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to getting the 2020 Census right in California. Here’s a look at a funder stepping up to make sure everyone is counted.
Some top funders have gotten behind an initiative to examine, with Facebook's cooperation, how the social media giant affects elections. Are these funders playing it too safe when they should be hitting harder?
He leads a top foundation in Silicon Valley that's working on such tough challenges as climate change and the polarization of U.S. politics. Kramer explains what keeps him up at night and more.
EBCF has around since 1928 and gives away tens of millions each year. It’s in the midst of a transformation as it hits its 90th anniversary, looking to have more impact by driving social change.
The addition of a question concerning citizenship status to the 2020 U.S. Census has many concerned about the effect the query could have on participation. Here’s how philanthropy is stepping up.
Unlike most other venture philanthropy shops, New Media Ventures has a strong progressive mission. And since the 2016 election, it’s been stepping up its funding of left-leaning tech entrepreneurs.
With government funding and representation at stake, local funders around the U.S. are making grants to ensure an accurate census count. We take a look at recent grants by a community funder in New York City.
According to the NoVo Foundation, the kind of structural change efforts that the world needs are already in front of us. Now, philanthropy just needs to get on board. What does that look like in practice?
Long marginalized ideas for how to improve U.S. elections are attracting new funding. We look at who's giving big in the space and one group that recently scored a transformative grant from a tech funder.
Plenty of people are talking about movement building these days, and youth organizing is a vital part of that. We connect with a funders' group supporting the social justice world's up-and-comers.
With funders becoming increasingly concerned with the unraveling of our social fabric, we dig into a provocative gift exploring art's ability to foster empathy and "affect positive social change."
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation wants to help low-income residents and people of color get more engaged in local governance and policymaking.
Some 100 million Americans sat out the high-stakes 2016 election, including large numbers of African Americans and Latinos in key swing states. The George Gund Foundation wants to change that pattern.