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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MacArthur Grants Support Efforts to Ensure Fair Elections, Protect Voting Rights

The grants were awarded to organizations and initiatives that help eligible voters, particularly those in disenfranchised groups, participate in the democratic process. Read More
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Voter ID Laws Present Obstacles for Eligible Voters

According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, nearly 500,000 eligible voters in 10 U.S. states with restrictive voter ID laws could face hurdles in obtaining a government-issued ID to show at ... Read More

Overview of Voter ID Laws

Voter ID laws have been enacted in 30 states. Supporters say the laws are necessary to combat voter fraud, while critics see the laws as a tactic to disenfranchise voters. MacArthur grantee ProPublica examines the facts ... Read More
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Assessing States’ Preparedness to Protect Every Vote

Only five states are prepared to confront potential voting system problems in the upcoming election, according to a report by the Verified Voting Foundation, Common Cause, and the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic Read More
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MacArthur Grants to Support Campaign Finance Research, Information Sharing, and Efforts to Improve Elections Process

With studies showing that Americans’ confidence in their government is at an all-time low, MacArthur has been exploring ways that grantmaking can help strengthen the institutions of U.S. democracy. Read More
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"How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories" Documentary Film

In this 12-part series, "How Democracy Works Now", filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini track how comprehensive immigration reform went from almost assured passage in 2001 to an uncertain future in 2007. Read More

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Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Journalism & Media
Portrait of Janice A. Dunbar

Janice A. Dunbar

Grants Manager
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer, Journalism & Media
Portrait of Jeff Ubois

Jeff Ubois

Program Officer, 100&Change

Media Contact

Portrait of Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon

Managing Director, Communications

Evaluation Contact

Portrait of Joanna Cohen

Joanna Cohen

Program Officer