New Online Tool Sheds Light on Philanthropic Support for Democracy

New Online Tool Sheds Light on Philanthropic Support for Democracy

Foundation Center has announced the launch of Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy, an interactive platform that enables funders, nonprofits, and journalists to document funding for democracy-related activities in the United States.

Launched in partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Democracy Fund, and with support from six leading foundations, the platform provides mapping and charting abilities to document funding for a variety of non-partisan democracy-related activities in areas such as civic participation; government; media; and campaigns, elections, and voting. The data, updated weekly, currently reflects more than $2.4 billion in funding by 1,326 grantmakers since 2011. The tool shares information on more than 18,000 grants to some 4,000 nonprofit organizations — information funders and others working in the field need to be strategic in their decision making, planning, and evaluation — and helps new and prospective funders in this area understand how they can contribute to democracy-related issues and make an impact.

"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," said Elizabeth Good Christopherson, president and CEO of the Rita Allen Foundation. "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."

"Explore Philanthropy’s Role in U.S. Democracy." Foundation Center Web Page 09/29/2015.