Strengthening American Democracy

The Foundation is exploring ways to strengthen democracy in the U.S., given our perception that the political system has failed to adequately address major issues confronting the nation – from climate change to health care, from our fiscal future to the criminal justice system, from immigration to education. Learn more

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States Performed Better in 2012 Elections

Overall, states did better elections performance in 2012 than they did in 2008, according to the Elections Performance Index from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More
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The Governing Crisis: Exploring Solutions

A new website shares content from a recent conference on the problems of democratic dysfunction and polarization in the United States. Read More
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Strengthening Democracy: Remarks by MacArthur President Robert Gallucci

The following speech was delivered to attendees of the Donors Forum breakfast and addressed philanthropy's vital interest in strengthening American democracy. Read More
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7 Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness, Awarded Up to $1 Million Each

The Award, which recognizes exceptional grantees and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with up to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget. Read More
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Campaign Legal Center

A recipient of the 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the Campaign Legal Center is using legal expertise to reduce the corrosive influence of money in politics. Watch
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What Democratic Dysfunction Means for America

The following speech was delivered by MacArthur President, Robert Gallucci at the Brennan Center for Justice on February 13, 2014. Read More

.@mercnews op-ed: Fix the government's deep deficit of technology expertise http://t.co/xB0Yf9yWNG cc: @FordFoundation

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New Study Highlights Wealth of Members of Congress

A study by the Center for Responsive Politics on the personal financial data of lawmakers, the Supreme Court, and some Administration officials found that, for the first time in history, more than half of the members ... Read More

Staff

Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
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Julia M. Stasch

Vice President, U.S. Programs
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Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Constance M. Yowell

Constance M. Yowell

Director of Education
Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Director for Policy Research
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
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Jeff Ubois

Program Officer