Democratic Practice

Fund Revises its Democratic Practice Program Guidelines

In considering the specific challenges and opportunities facing today’s democracy and democratic engagement in the United States, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has revised the program guidelines for its Democratic Practice–United States portfolio. The revised guidelines recognize that the goal of advancing a vital and inclusive U.S. democracy is both to improve democratic systems and to enable U.S. citizens and residents to leverage these systems to advance social, racial, and economic justice. The Fund will continue to support grantmaking toward structural reforms intended to eliminate the outsized influence over public policy by large political donors, reform election systems, and protect voting rights. Additionally, the Fund will explore supporting innovations in American democratic practices that promote more effective organizing efforts and improve the ability of underrepresented populations to meaningfully influence public policy.

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Read the memo, which served as the foundation for the portfolio’s new framework and funding guidelines, and was basis of discussion at the March 2015 board meeting

View the revised program guidelines