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

What's New

RSS
Philanthropy Must Help Heal the Breakdown in Democracy thumbnail

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

"Rhyming for Democracy"

From Latino USA
Read More
Winners Announced in Looking@Democracy Competition thumbnail

Winners Announced in Looking@Democracy Competition

From a pool of more than 400 submissions, judges selected 11 winners to share in $100,000 in prize money. Read More
Contributing to a Stronger American Democracy: President’s Essay thumbnail

Contributing to a Stronger American Democracy: President’s Essay

In his annual essay, MacArthur President Robert Gallucci focuses on what MacArthur is doing to help strengthen American democracy. Read More
After Long Lines of 2012, States Push to Expand Voting Access thumbnail

After Long Lines of 2012, States Push to Expand Voting Access

Nearly 200 bills to expand voting access were introduced in 45 states in 2013, with many drawing bipartisan support. Read More
Datafest Contest Prompts Journalists to Use Technology to Examine Money in Politics thumbnail

Datafest Contest Prompts Journalists to Use Technology to Examine Money in Politics

Winning entries from the competition included projects that created the first-ever searchable database of the federal government's daily spending, mapped campaign contributions from Silicon Valley tech firms, and more. Read More
Maria Hinojosa Invites You to Enter Looking@Democracy Competition thumbnail

Maria Hinojosa Invites You to Enter Looking@Democracy Competition

NPR and PBS journalist Maria Hinojosa - a judge in the Looking@Democracy digital media competition -- invites YOU to exercise your creativity and share your vision of how to strengthen democracy in the U.S. Contestants have ...

Watch

"Are You the Psy of American Democracy?"

From The Washington Post
Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Journalism & Media
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
Portrait of Jeff Ubois

Jeff Ubois

Program Officer

Media Contact

Portrait of Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon

Managing Director, Communications

Evaluation Contact

Portrait of Joanna Cohen

Joanna Cohen

Program Officer, Evaluation