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. 

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. 

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.

Co-Equal

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Co-Equal, a project of Sixteen Thirty Fund
Amount: $282,000 in 2019

What is Co-Equal?

The mission of Co-Equal, a fiscally sponsored project of Sixteen Thirty Fund, is to provide information and advice that helps members of Congress advance policies and conduct effective oversight. 

Why do we think this project is important?

Co-Equal’s experts have decades of experience conducting investigations, developing oversight agendas, and explaining to the public the importance of congressional oversight as a tool to hold the executive branch accountable. Their expertise serves as a valuable resource to members of Congress carrying out oversight duties, investigations, and advancing policy priorities. 

Congressional oversight of the executive branch is a key part of our constitution’s system of checks and balances. Each branch of government must exercise its ability to hold the other two branches accountable in order to uphold the rule of law and prevent abuses of power. Without such accountability, corruption can go unchecked and undermine the health of a democracy. 

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Co-Equal?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $282,000 to support Co-Equal.

Bipartisan Policy Center Action

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Bipartisan Policy Center Action
Amount: $350,000 in 2019

What is Bipartisan Policy Center Action?

Bipartisan Policy Center Action (BPC Action) advocates for bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing our country. In close partnership with their 501(c)(3) partner, the Bipartisan Policy Center, BPC Action brings Republicans and Democrats together to achieve policy changes on polarizing issues including congressional dysfunction.

Why do we think this project is important?

BPC Action works closely with the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, rank-and-file legislators, and other stakeholders to advance productive rules changes and reforms that strengthen the legislative capacity of Congress. BPC Action also sponsors Congress That Works, a project to increase public awareness about reform and activate constituent engagement in support of a modern Congress that better serves the American people. Learn more at: congressthatworks.com

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Bipartisan Policy Center Action?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to Bipartisan Policy Center Action for their efforts to modernize Congress in the amount of $350,000.

Campaign Legal Center: Online Political Advertising

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Campaign Legal Center
Amount: Up to $50,000 in 2018

What is the Campaign Legal Center?

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. CLC is adamantly nonpartisan, holding candidates and government officials accountable regardless of political affiliation. Their work includes serving as a watchdog group on ethics and campaign finance issues and participating in legal proceedings across the country to defend the right to vote.

Why do we think this organization is important?

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) shines light on the lack of transparency in online political advertising. Opaque and outdated transparency laws make it easy for dark money campaigns to influence elections and political debates online. CLC develops and pushes for common sense solutions that improve transparency of online ads at the state and federal level.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Campaign Legal Center?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to the Campaign Legal Center in the amount of up to $50,000 in 2018.

Four Freedoms Action Fund

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: NEO Philanthropy Action Fund
Amount: $300,000 in 2019 over two years

What is the Four Freedoms Action Fund?

The Four Freedoms Action Fund (FFAF) is a project of NEO Philanthropy Action Fund (NEO-PAF) that builds and supports a robust local, state and national infrastructure of immigrants’ rights organizations and leaders. The project conducted a post-2018 election mapping and analysis to determine and understand what legislative opportunities there are at the state level to support immigrant communities. Following completion of that mapping, organizations have identified those opportunities and are working to provide c4 support to effectively organize and advocate.

Why do we think this project is important?

We believe that diverse, bipartisan organizations and communities can work together for the common good. Bipartisan efforts are required in order to create safe and secure communities, develop a sense of shared national identity, and make space to defend constitutional norms under attack. Using the information gained from their mapping work, Four Freedoms Action Fund will collaborate with allies engaged in protection of targeted communities and employ communications tactics to advance positive norms at the national level.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Four Freedoms Action Fund?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a two-year grant of $300,000 to the Four Freedoms Action Fund. A previous grant was made in 2018 by Democracy Fund Voice to conduct mapping of the 2018-midterm election and determine where there are legislative opportunities at the state level to support immigrant communities.

Open Society Project

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Niskanen Center for Public Policy
Amount: $100,000 in 2019

What is the Niskanen Center for Public Policy?

The Niskanen Center for Public Policy is a 501(c)(4) organization that works within the governing networks of American politics to advance policies and politics animated by a spirit of thoughtful moderation.

Why do we think this project is important?

The Niskanen Center for Public Policy is dedicated to protecting democratic institutions and processes. Niskanen believes that maintaining a liberal democracy is not a partisan issue, and that American institutions must be actively protected. To this end, their Open Society Project has developed a center-right network of individuals and organizations opposing threats to democratic norms, institutions, and the rule of law.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Niskanen Center?

In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $100,000 to the Niskanen Center for Public Policy to support their Open Society Project. A previous grant of $175,000 was approved by Democracy Fund Voice to the Niskanen Center for their Open Society Project in 2018.