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

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.”

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.