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

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."

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.