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Heather McGhee and the cover of her book, The Sum of Us, which has a painting of two children, one Black and one White, at a swimming pool

The Sum of Us cover courtesy of Penguin Random House.

In new book, RBF Trustee Heather McGhee Examines the Costs of Racism

McGhee’s book, The Sum of Us, chronicles her journey around the country to explore the social and economic gains that result when people unite across racial divides.

Insurrection at the Capitol

In a statement, RBF President Stephen Heintz writes, "The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday was distinctly un-American and an affront to our system of democratic government. Politicians who supported or enabled, actively or tacitly, this insurrection must be held to account."
Protestors wearing COVID-19 face coverings march across the Brooklyn Bridge and hold signs that read "Justice for George Floyd" and "Love and Peace"

Increased 2020 Grantmaking Boosts Democratic Integrity, Sustainable Economy, Racial Justice

This year, the RBF committed nearly $9 million in additional funds to support 11 grantees, including both long-term partners and new organizations, coalitions, and initiatives.
A crowd of people with face masks, signs, flags and banners, fills the streets north of the White House.

Photo CC BY-SA Ted Eytan.

We Need a White House Office on Democracy

Democracy reform is not a partisan issue but an existential one.

RBF President Stephen Heintz to BBC: “Americans Have Lost Faith” in Democracy

“Nurturing the culture of civic empathy is hard work and that is the work that lies ahead.”

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