Grantee Profile

Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action

Grants to Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action

  • $225,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Strengthening American Democracy

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Demos is a research, public policy, and advocacy organization that seeks to advance a more inclusive and representative democracy by guaranteeing the freedom to vote, addressing the influence of money in politics, building new pathways to the middle class, fostering a sustainable economy, and advancing the values of community and racial equity in public discourse. Its voter registration work focuses on compliance by the states with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires that citizens be able to register to vote at public assistance agencies, motor vehicle facilities, and health benefit exchanges. It also works to reduce the impact of money in politics through research and long-term legal scholarship intended to change both public opinion and legal precedent.

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Strengthening American Democracy

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Demos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization founded in 2000. Demos works primarily to achieve a stronger democracy through reducing the role of money in politics making the system of voting more inclusive for all, and building pathways to a diverse, expanded middle class in a sustainable democracy. Miles Rapoport, Demos’ president, served for ten years in the Connecticut legislatures prior to coming to Demos. This grant will provide general support with particular emphasis on its work on voting and on reducing the role of money in politics.

  • $15,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — To support the Democracy and Interdependence Global Initiative.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of the Public Works Project on Government and the Economy.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of general operations.

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of the project, How To Talk about Government: Creating a Framework for Communications about the Role and Capacity of Government.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action $1,040,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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