Funder collaborative raises $40 million to protect the vote

Funder collaborative raises $40 million to protect the vote

One for Democracy, a collaborative of more than seventy philanthropists and foundations that have pledged to donate at least 1 percent of their wealth to help strengthen U.S. democracy, has raised nearly $40 million in support of efforts to expand the electorate, empower underrepresented voters, and protect the integrity of the 2020 elections.

Established earlier this year by Goodnation Philanthropy Advisors and Galaxy Gives — a foundation started by investor Mike Novogratz and his wife, Sukey — the organization hopes to raise $100 million in support of groups working to mobilize and build political power for marginalized communities and protect the right to vote. To that end, the collaborative has created a One for Democracy Fund to support local 501(c)(3) organizations working to optimize mail-in voting systems, expand digital organizing capacity, and empower voters. Recipients of grants awarded by the fund include the ACLU Michigan, the Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation, the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, and the National Vote at Home Institute. In addition, several Action Funds created by the organization are supporting (c)(4)s such as Black Leaders Organizing for CommunitiesDetroit ActionMi Familia Vota, and the Voter Protection Corps.

Signatories to the One for Democracy pledge include venture investor Sam Englebardt, music industry executive Jason Flom, Bert and Mary Meyer Foundation founder Barbara Meyer, Blue Haven Initiative co-founder Liesel Pritzker Simmons, entrepreneur and investor Gideon Stein, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, and the Woodcock Foundation.

"From threats to delay the election to the crisis with the U.S. [Postal Service] to ongoing voter suppression tactics, it’s clear our democracy is under attack," said Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. "Organizations like ours are working tirelessly to ensure that every American citizen is afforded the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, and we can’t do that without resources. Support from One for Democracy donors is critical to ensuring we can keep our democracy thriving in 2020 — and beyond."