News & Updates

Four people wearing headphones sit at a museum exhibition, looking at images and listening to sound from its historic archive.

At the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, RBF staff and trustees experienced the soundscape of a civil rights-era lunch counter sit-in.

History, Democracy, and Justice: Reflecting on a Trustee Trip to the American South

The movement leaders we met with emphasized the need for long-term investment in a vision of a post-patriarchal, pluralistic democracy to advance the goals of economic, racial, and environmental justice.

A Dialogue about Democracy & Capitalism with Naomi Klein and Stephen Heintz

"The climate crisis is really the forcing mechanism: it is so big, so existential, so serious. But it reveals these bigger issues around humanity—the sense of fairness and justice and equality. Unless we reestablish an ethos of caring and sharing as a way of acting on this planet, we’re not going to solve this crisis.”
A census worker visits residents to increase awareness about the Census, verify addresses, and answer questions in 2010.
Credit: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office

RBF Joins New York Foundations Calling on Governor Cuomo to Support Census Outreach

Private investment alone cannot provide the resources to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census.

Movement Building for Structural Change

In November 2018 the Fund's board of trustees approved a new strategy to support movement building for systemic reform of democratic institutions to advance economic and racial justice.

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.

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