• Foundation Funding for Local Journalism

    More than 1,400 cities and towns in the U.S. have lost a newspaper in the last 15 years. And from 2001 to 2016, the number of newspaper employees in the U.S. has dropped by over half, from 412,000 to 174,000. The decline of local journalism poses a threat to democracy, but recent investments by foundations are trying to combat this downward trend.

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  • Philanthropy for Young Voter Turnout

    The 2018 U.S. midterm elections saw an increase of 10 percent in youth turnout compared with 2014. How are foundations supporting this trend? Looking at the Funding Map, just 5 percent of foundation funding for Campaigns and Elections specifically focuses on young people.

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  • How Can Philanthropy Support an Accurate Census?

    Data collected through the Census is used to distribute over $675 billion in federal fundingIn advance of the 2020 Census, foundations have joined forces with advocates and census experts to help support an accurate count. We’ve identified 53 grants awarded since 2011 that reference the Census, ranging from $5,000 to $3 million.

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  • Foundation Funding for Government Accountability

    The U.S. dropped to #71 on the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, marking the first time since 2011 that it fell outside of the top 20 countries on the Index. About 3 percent of overall democracy funding goes toward open government and transparency efforts.

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  • Foundations and Immigration

    Polls show a strong bipartisan divide on the level of priority immigration issues should be given. Around 11 percent of overall democracy funding goes towards immigration-related issues, on either side of the debate.

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  • Foundations and Redistricting

    In 2021, voting districts in the U.S. will be redrawn and polls show bipartisan opposition to partisan gerrymandering. Although philanthropic support for redistricting reform is tiny, we’ve identified 41 funders who are not afraid to engage on this issue.

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  • Filter Democracy Grants by More Subject Areas

    A new feature to Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy, added in August 2017, allows users to filter democracy grants by the top-level subject areas represented in Candid's Philanthropy Classification System. While the tool's search functionality by grant subject was previously limited to democracy-specific categories, users can now search for democracy grants that meet criteria for general subject areas, such as the environment, arts, and science.

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  • How Easy Should Voting Be?

    Polling data from the Pew Research Center indicates that Americans have differing opinions on how easy it should be to vote -- though a majority support reduced restrictions to voting. Grantmaking totaling $264 million and featured in Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy under the subject categories for 'Voter Education, Registration, and Turnout' and 'Voting Access' supports either side of this debate

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  • Foundation Support for U.S. Democracy by Category

    This chart features the top-level categories used to represent funding for democracy in Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy. It illustrates the relatively even distribution across three categories -- Civic Participation, Government, and Media, followed by the final identified category, Campaigns, Elections, and Voting, which attracts about 2/3 less funding.

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  • How is Philanthropy Engaging with Legislatures?

    The third infographic in the series narrows in on foundation grantmaking that engages with U.S. legislatures. The findings indicate that just under half of all funding in this area focuses on one or more specific policy issue areas--such as health or education--while the balance of funding either doesn’t specify, or is more broadly aimed at promoting a sense of bipartisanship among legislators. The infographic also identifies the proportion of funding going to different levels of government--national, state, and local--for this work.

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