Type of Activity: General Operating Support
Grantee: Stand Up Republic
Amount: Updated to $950,000 in 2021 — originally approved as $500,000 in 2019
What is Stand Up Republic?
Stand Up Republic is an organization founded by Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn to usher in a new era of civic engagement to defend democratic institutions and ideals in America. The organization seeks to build and organize a grassroots movement in defense of liberty, equality, and truth in America while upholding the Constitution and defending the democratic norms and institutions upon which the protection of our basic rights depend.
Why do we think this organization is important?
This organization is confronting and engaging in important work to protect the norms of our democracy and push back against dangerous demagoguery in our politics.
Stand Up Republic’s projects include promoting dialogue to guarantee a more inclusive America, executive oversight (particularly related to Article I), First Amendment protections, and individual rights. By supporting Stand Up Republic we support efforts to empower individuals to stand for their principles and for preserving our republic. Stand Up Republic seeks to achieve its mission through creative education, leadership development, national movement building, and advocacy.
How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Stand Up Republic?
In 2019, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $500,000 to Stand Up Republic. In 2020, an amendment was approved to increase the amount of the grant by $250,000 for the additional work needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in 2021 an amendment was approved to increase the amount of the grant by $200,000, for a total of $950,000. Previous grants included $475,000 in 2018 and $550,000 in 2017.