Americans have continued to develop new mechanisms for civic engagement while breathing new life into some time-honored forms of active citizenship. Much of this grassroots democratic activity is sustained or encouraged by private philanthropy.
Everyday Democracy supports organizing across the country by bringing diverse groups of people together, helping them structure and facilitate community dialogue on pressing issues, and training them to use a racial equity lens to understand long standing problems and possible solutions.
Philanthropy has unrealized potential as a critical partner in strengthening our democracy. From mission-driven activities that build democratic citizenship, to more deliberate contributions to civic engagement, community-building and public policy work, to direct investments in democratic reform — philanthropy can more strongly step into its opportunity to shape a healthier, more inclusive democracy.
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) is a community of funders that invest in democracy and civic life in the United States so that Americans are informed and empowered to contribute to the health and vibrancy of the country’s democratic process.
The Hewlett Foundation’s U.S. Democracy Program is a nonpartisan initiative focusing on strengthening democratic norms, values and institutions—especially Congress—in a time of political polarization. It supports nonprofit organizations across the ideological spectrum who seek to understand and improve the political system so that elected representatives are better equipped to solve society’s greatest problems and in turn, earn public trust and support.
Bruce, R. Sievers
Alexis de Tocqueville
National Issues Forums Institute
Harry C. Boyte