Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide
Democratic and Accountable Government

Increasing Civic and Political Participation

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The goal of this work is to increase participation of marginalized communities at all levels of civic and political life.

The Challenge

Lasting social change depends upon the ability of people to help shape the policies that affect their lives. Yet for some, such as racial minorities, immigrants and the working poor, barriers to meaningful participation in civic and political life persist.

What We're Doing

Our work focuses on increasing the participation of poor and marginalized groups by strengthening organizations and networks that build and mobilize the grassroots base for social change. We also support leadership development initiatives and alliances that unite diverse constituencies and issues to achieve greater impact.

Learn more about how our strategies and approaches shape our grant making.




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