Strengthening American Democracy

Conducting a time-limited exploration of 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. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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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
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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
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MacArthur Grants to Help Strengthen American Democracy

Building on two years of grantmaking aimed at strengthening American democracy, the MacArthur Foundation today announced nine grants totaling more than $1.2 million to support information sharing and research. Read More
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Role of Money and Politics Grows in Judicial Elections

The report finds increased politicization and escalating spending in state judicial campaigns, as well as the growing role of special interest money. Read More

"Washington's Open Secret: Profitable PACs"

CBS News
This story features Trevor Potter of the Campaign Legal Center, a MacArthur grantee.
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Philanthropy Must Help Heal the Breakdown in Democracy

To do our best work, philanthropy needs both a healthy public sphere and sound public policy. We seek solutions to complex issues like climate change, criminal justice, health, and human rights. Read More

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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Kathy K. Im

Director
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Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
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Jeff Ubois

Program Officer

Media Contact

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Andrew Solomon

Managing Director, Communications

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer, Evaluation