Whistleblower Aid

Type of Activity: General Operating Support
Grantee: Whistleblower Aid
Amount: $200,000 in 2019 

What is Whistleblower Aid?

Whistleblower Aid is a pioneering, non-profit legal organization that helps patriotic government employees and others report abuse and wrongdoing safely, lawfully, and responsibly. 

Why do we think this organization is important?

Protecting whistleblowers is vital to ensuring that government officials are accountable to the public. Whistleblower Aid helps employees of the federal government and others safely and lawfully bring awareness to government wrongdoing. While the federal employees who become whistleblowers are supposed to be covered by whistleblower protection laws, in many cases they face retaliation in the form of intimidation, threats, or the loss of employment. Whistleblower Aid supports these individuals through direct legal support, psychosocial support, and by advocating for them in the press. 

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Whistleblower Aid?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $200,000 to Whistleblower Aid. 

Media and Technology Program

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Amount: $50,000 in 2019

What is the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights?

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights was founded in 1950 by a coalition of civil rights activists. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Leadership Conference advocated for the passage of civil rights legislation in Congress. Their efforts resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Today, the Leadership Conference is a coalition of over 200 member organizations and continues to coordinate advocacy and lobbying efforts in support of  legislation that protects and expands civil and human rights. 

Why do we think this project is important?

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Media and Technology program works to ensure that new technologies enhance civil rights protections, expand media diversity,  and increase access to broadband. Their focus includes challenging media platforms to take responsibility for their role in public access to information, which will lead to increased transparency on how platforms conduct business and raise public pressure for better policies governing how platforms operate. 

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $50,000 to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for their Media and Technology program. 

Secure Democracy

Type of Activity: General Operating Support 
Grantee: Secure Democracy 
Amount: $400,000 in 2019 over two years

What is Secure Democracy?

Secure Democracy’s mission is to educate policymakers and the public about secure and fair elections. Launched in January 2018, Secure Democracy develops campaigns at the state and local level to secure and protect fair and secure voting access for all Americans.

Why do we think this organization is important?

Secure Democracy works to ensure that every eligible American has the opportunity to make their voice heard. They create campaigns to work with the public, lawmakers, and other key stakeholders to create a voting system that works for all Americans.

Secure Democracy has the ability to mobilize quickly, and the organization has a proven track record of engaging state legislatures and working across the aisle to create meaningful policy change.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Secure Democracy? 

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a two-year grant to Secure Democracy in the amount of $400,000.

Mobilizing for the Rule of Law

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Public Citizen
Amount: $450,000 in 2019

What is Public Citizen?

Founded in 1971, Public Citizen champions the public interest and serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Public Citizen defends democracy and works to ensure that our government works for the people. 

Why do we think this project is important?

Public Citizen’s project on government oversight works to expose corruption and push back against threats to justice, a functional democracy, freedom, and equality. As part of this mission, Public Citizen is a key leader in a diverse coalition of groups mobilizing to protect the rule of law.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Public Citizen?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to Public Citizen in the amount of $450,000 to support their project to protect the rule of law.

Pay Our Interns Action Fund

Type of Activity: General Operating Support
Grantee: Pay Our Interns Action Fund
Amount: $50,000 in 2019

What is Pay Our Interns Action Fund?

Born of a social media campaign led by two former unpaid congressional interns, Pay Our Interns Action Fund is a nonprofit that advocates for paid internship programs in all congressional offices. In 2017, they published a report showing how few Congress members paid their interns, and began lobbying candidates and current members of Congress to commit to paying their interns. 

Their efforts led to the creation of an internship fund allocation of $5 million initially and was increased to $13.8 million in 2018. 

Why do we think this organization is important?

Pay Our Interns Action Fund is an effective voice for paid internships on Capitol Hill. Democracy Fund Voice believes that unpaid internships are a structural barrier to creating a cCongress and congressional staff that looks like America. We are proud to support Pay Our Intern Action Fund’s mission to advocate for paid internships on Capitol Hill and to work with members of Congress to create effective, equitable internship programs.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Pay Our Interns Action Fund?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $50,000 to Pay Our Interns Action Fund. 

News Leaders Association: Executive Search

Type of activity: Project Grant
Grantee: News Leaders Association
Amount: $50,000 in 2019

What is the News Leaders Association?

The News Leaders Association is a merger of the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Managing Editors. Founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government.  The Associated Press Media Editors is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of newsroom leaders and journalism educators that works closely with The Associated Press to promote journalism excellence.

Why do we think this project is important? 

The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Associated Press Managing Editors association saw significant overlap in their efforts — both in the members they were serving, and the shared challenges they have faced in adapting to the changing context and needs of the news industry.

This is a critical time of growth and change for the newly formed News Leaders Association, and it is important that it has a strong executive to guide the direction of the organization, ensure its adaptability in a rapidly changing industry, and explore how best to center issues like diversity and engagement with current and emerging leaders in this context.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the News Leaders Association?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $50,000 to the News Leaders Association to support their search for an executive leader. 

Living United for Change in Arizona

Type of Activity: General Operating Support
Grantee: Living United for Change in Arizona
Amount: $100,000 in 2019 over two years

What is Living United for Change in Arizona?

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) is a membership-led, grassroots organization that builds power with Arizona’s working families to advance social, racial and economic justice for all.

Why do we think this organization is important?

Arizona was an early adopter of online voter registration, and Living United for Change in Arizona is working to bring further voter-centric reforms to the state. There is the opportunity to introduce same-day voter registration, to restore voting rights to returning citizens (formerly convicted persons), and to make changes to ID laws that create barriers to voting for many eligible voters. 

LUCHA’s strong grassroots mobilization capacity, civic engagement work, and advocacy work allows them to play a key role in Arizona election reforms. The work of LUCHA and its partners can help Arizona become a leader for voter-centric policies among the states. 

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Living United for Change in Arizona? 

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a two-year grant to Living United for Change in Arizona project in the amount of up to $100,000.

Congressional Capacity Reform

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Lincoln Network, Inc.
Amount: $100,000 in 2019

What is Lincoln Network?

Lincoln Network believes that the government needs, and the people deserve, new ideas and technologies that increase efficiency, effectiveness, and responsiveness. They bring together leaders from the fields of technology and government to converse, collaborate, and create change. 

Why do we think this project is important?

Lincoln Network provides an expert perspective to Congress in restoring its ability to craft intelligent policy on a variety of science and technology issues and conduct oversight of the industries driving our modern world. It also brings the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley to the challenges facing the modernization of congressional technology infrastructure, helping create a more productive and responsive legislature.

This grant supports Lincoln Network’s project on researching and promoting key congressional capacity reform proposals, specifically to develop internal expertise on science and technology policy areas. Lincoln Network will regularly publish research and engage members of Congress and their staff on related issues. 

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Lincoln Network?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to Lincoln Network of $100,000 to support their Congressional Capacity Reform project.

Congressional Capacity and Reform Project

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Issue One
Amount: $150,000 in 2019

What is Issue One?

Issue One is the leading cross-partisan political reform group in Washington. They work to unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to improve the current political system.

Why do we think this project is important?

Issue One will coordinate stakeholders in support of reducing political dysfunction, increasing congressional capacity, and advocating for congressional reforms. Issue One convenes partners from across the ideological spectrum to broker compromises that will lead to lasting, meaningful congressional reform.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Issue One?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to Issue One’s Congressional Capacity and Reform project for the amount of $150,000.

Fair Fight Action

Type of Grant: General Operating Support
Grantee: Fair Fight Action
Amount: $50,000 in 2019

What is Fair Fight Action?

Fair Fight Action works to bring awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in targeted voter education programs and communications.

Why do we think this organization is important?

Fair Fight Action’s efforts to promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights are vital to improving voting access.

Fair Fight Action also undertakes important work to educate policymakers and legislators on the harm that legislative and administrative election changes may cause to voters of color, young voters, and others who have historically been disenfranchised.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Fair Fight Action?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $50,000 to Fair Fight Action.