Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy is a data visualization platform featuring tens of thousands of grants, available to anyone interested in understanding philanthropy's role in U.S. democracy
A free, non-partisan resource on foundation funding from a trusted source
Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy: Data Tool
Drawing on grants featured in the data tool, these dashboards identify top funders and recipients, as well as the proportion of funding supporting specific population groups and strategies, by each major category of democracy grantmaking.
All U.S. Democracy
- $5.1 B
- 57,218 Grants
Campaigns and Elections
- $583.6 M
- 6,449 Grants
- $1.9 B
- 21,584 Grants
- $1.9 B
- 21,550 Grants
- $1.4 B
- 14,466 Grants
IssueLab's collection of social sector research on the topic of U.S. democracy, including reports about election and campaign administration, voting access and participation, government performance and perceptions, the role of media in civil society, and more
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A selection of blog posts from across Foundation Center’s platforms about philanthropy’s engagement with U.S. democracy.
Philanthropy and Democracy: Bringing Data to the Debate
Philanthropy Delivers an Outcome — and Its Name Is Brett Kavanaugh
Utilizing the grants data made available through Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy, this infographic series from 2016 examines the different areas of foundation funding that aim to strengthen democracy in the United States
- How Foundations Get Out the Vote
- Who’s Financing the Campaign Finance Conversation?
- How is Philanthropy Engaging with Legislatures?
Andrew Carnegie had a vision of America as a vibrant democracy that is continually strengthened by new knowledge and increased access to learning. Foundation Center, a long-time Carnegie Corporation grantee, has an innovative new tool that contributes to realizing this ideal, helping to advance the progress of our society through the work of philanthropy and those who partner with efforts to uplift our nation and the lives of all its citizens.
As both a grantseeker and an organization dedicated to improving media and democracy, it is important for us to stay on top of what’s happening in this space. This tool makes the task much easier.
Within minutes of logging into the new tool, we were able to identify new funders and explore their grantmaking priorities. We also discovered new peer organizations with whom we hope to collaborate.
This is a significant new tool. As a funder, whether you’re already committed to strengthening U.S. democracy or wondering if you can make a difference, this mapping of the landscape shows where needs and goals align. We hope others will join us — both to make the tool more complete and to use it together to build a more vibrant civil society.
Foundation Center is proud to serve as a partner for a resource that facilitates knowledge sharing, communicates philanthropy’s reach and impact, and uncovers opportunities for collaboration. In this way, we are going far beyond building tools — we’re building connections.