Democratic Practice

  • Democracy Matters Institute
    Democracy Matters Institute
    Democracy Matters trains young people how to be effective grassroots organizers, and supports full public financing of election campaigns and other pro-democracy reforms.
  • Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.
    Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.
    Public Citizen Foundation's project Global Trade Watch promotes government and corporate accountability in the globalization and trade arena.

The Democratic Practice program seeks to strengthen the vitality of democracy in the United States and in global governance. The program’s core ideas—that for democracy to flourish and deliver on its promises its citizens must be engaged, empowered, and assertive, and institutions of governance must be inclusive, transparent, accountable, and responsive—provide a frame for the Fund’s Democratic Practice work in the United States and on global challenges.

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Featured Grantees

Protesting proposed ownership rule change in front of the FCC in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Choice.)
Free Press
Held annually the first week in May, Public Service Recognition Week is a nationwide program that honors the contributions of public employees. As part of the 2010 commemoration, the Partnership held a celebration on the National Mall that involved more than 100 government offices and agencies and attracted more than 40,000 visitors.
Partnership for Public Service, Inc.

News and updates

The Fund Reframes its Global Democratic Practice Grantmaking Portfolio

An evaluation of the RBF's grantmaking work in the global Democratic Practice portfolio 2010 to 2015 found that it was successful in its primary goal of strengthening the vitality of democracy in global governance. Program director Thomas Kruse's memo reflects on the evaluation and outlines the continuing strategies of the portfolio.

RBF President Stephen Heintz Announces Increase of 2017 Program Grants Budget

Recognizing the challenges to many of the RBF's program priorities presented by the political climate, the board of trustees has approved an increase in the Fund’s grants budget by nearly 12 percent for 2017, Fund President Stephen Heintz announced today.

Heather McGhee’s Powerful Response to a Question on Prejudice

After airing on C-SPAN, the video of a short exchange on race between RBF board member Heather McGhee and a caller from North Carolina has been viewed online more than two million times and garnered widespread media attention.