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.
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?
The 2016 election demonstrated the vulnerability of American democracy to manipulation by outside actors. Some funders are now working to bolster election security heading into November.
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.
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.
The census determines how we draw legislative districts, where government funds are sent, and more. But some foundations worry that the 2020 census could go badly wrong. Who's working to make sure it goes right?
Giving by the wealthy is growing even as ordinary Americans are giving less, a trend that mirrors broader patterns of inequality in the U.S. How does this imbalance affect civil society?
If more young people made it to the polls, so the story goes, politics would look a whole lot different. A trio of funders see potential to engage this group in new ways—starting with the 2018 mid-terms.
Can the Electoral College end without a constitutional amendment? The inventor of the scratch-off lottery ticket is betting on it, and has already spent millions.
Sean Parnell of The Philanthropy Roundtable and David Callahan, author of The Givers, have an extended debate over the book's ideas and policy prescriptions.
These are turbulent times for American democracy. Here's how one funders affinity group is looking at ways to bolster active civic engagement.
Can community colleges be hotbeds of local civic engagement? The Rappaport Family Foundation sees this as an under-funded, high-potential area—and it's letting the grants flow.
There have been shaky moments before in America's democratic life. But recent developments have even veteran grantmakers alarmed. So what's the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation up to?
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is putting up $150 million for an initiative based at Johns Hopkins that aims to elevate civic discourse. But is an academic institution the right place for such work?
While philanthropy has long been the province of elites, you'll rarely hear a candid defense of why elites deserve to wield so much influence in U.S. society. Here's why that needs to change.
The latest move by Hewlett’s Madison Initiative will establish a lab at MIT devoted to the science of elections. Can philanthropy establish a level-headed foothold in our tumultuous elections?
If the Obamas come out swinging with their new foundation, offering hope for building the "new American majority," donors will respond. That won't be true if their "ask" is to fund a bowl of civic mush.
The age of Trump is tailor made for the Omidyar Network, with its faith in market solutions and empowering citizens in a decentralized way. We look at two of its post-election investments.
The 2016 election may well hinge on Latino turnout. We look at what funders have been doing in recent years to boost Latino civic engagement, and remake the electoral map.