Democratic Practice

Advancing a vital and inclusive democracy

  • 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.
  • Urgewald
    Urgewald
    Urgewald's Global Coal Exit List reveals the coal in investment portfolios, allowing active investors to divest more quickly and avoid future purchases of fossil fuel assets.

Program Guidelines

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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Protesting proposed ownership rule change in front of the FCC in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Choice.)
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News and updates

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.”

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.”