News & Updates

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.”
Silhouette of a hand placing a ballot in box

RBF Joins 120 Philanthropic Leaders Calling to Uphold American Democracy During Tense Election

“Repairing the fabric of our democracy will require extraordinary stewardship by leaders across society.”
A photo of the letters that were mailed to households inviting them to complete the census online

RBF Joins More than 500 Funders to Call for a Full, Unimpaired Census Count

The letter reflects an unprecedented consensus among national, state, and local grantmakers and philanthropic institutions.
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.

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