The promise of government is that it will represent and work for all people; and that it will secure basic rights, freedoms, protections, and opportunities for all. Despite its imperfections, we believe that government can be one of the most effective ways to disrupt inequality and realize people’s aspirations. But governments do not become responsive on their own. It is when people become aware, have pathways for action, and are motivated to organize and engage—becoming part of government and participating in its processes, sharing ideas, and holding it accountable—that governments better fulfill their promise.
What we are working on
Our three interconnected strategies link with others across the foundation.
What we don’t fund
Because our goal is systemic change in the rules of the game, we do not fund voter registration or get-out-the-vote efforts. Because our goal is long-term power building, we do not fund projects to improve government operations or transparency. Because our goal is to connect public policies with movements on the ground, we do not fund stand-alone tax and budget research or analysis. And because our goal is to support strong and sustainable civic infrastructure, we do not fund individual issue-based policy campaigns.