Explore Philanthropy’s Role in U.S. Democracy

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Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy: Data Tool

Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy is a data visualization platform featuring tens of thousands of grants, available to anyone interested in understanding philanthropy's role in U.S. democracy

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IssueLab's collection of social sector research on the topic of U.S. democracy, including reports about election and campaign administration, voting access and participation, government performance and perceptions, the role of media in civil society, and more

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  • Andrew Carnegie had a vision of America as a vibrant democracy that is continually strengthened by new knowledge and increased access to learning. Candid (formerly Foundation Center), a long-time Carnegie Corporation grantee, has an innovative new tool that contributes to realizing this ideal, helping to advance the progress of our society through the work of philanthropy and those who partner with efforts to uplift our nation and the lives of all its citizens. Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
    Vartan Gregorian
  • As both a grantseeker and an organization dedicated to improving media and democracy, it is important for us to stay on top of what’s happening in this space. This tool makes the task much easier. Natalie (Talia) Stroud, Director, Engaging News Project
    Natalie (Talia) Stroud
  • Within minutes of logging into the new tool, we were able to identify new funders and explore their grantmaking priorities. We also discovered new peer organizations with whom we hope to collaborate. Edwin Bender, Executive Director, National Institute on Money in State Politics
    Edwin Bender
  • This is a significant new tool. As a funder, whether you’re already committed to strengthening U.S. democracy or wondering if you can make a difference, this mapping of the landscape shows where needs and goals align. We hope others will join us — both to make the tool more complete and to use it together to build a more vibrant civil society. Elizabeth Good Christopherson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rita Allen Foundation
    Elizabeth Good Christopherson
  • Candid (formerly Foundation Center) is proud to serve as a partner for a resource that facilitates knowledge sharing, communicates philanthropy’s reach and impact, and uncovers opportunities for collaboration. In this way, we are going far beyond building tools — we’re building connections. Bradford K. Smith, President, Candid
    Bradford K. Smith

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Carnegie Corporation of New York Democracy Fund Hewlett Foundation The JPB Foundation MacArthur Foundation Open Society Foundations Rita Allen Foundation Rockefeller Brothers Fund