Our strategy

Expanded Participation

We support efforts to make the systems that govern political participation more fair and inclusive, particularly for historically excluded populations. In particular, we seek to ensure that the rules of the game for political participation are inclusive of all, with a special focus on voting rights and democratizing money in politics in the US.

Anticipated Outcomes
Increased participation in elections
Barriers to voting are reduced. Participation in national and local elections is greater and more representative, particularly in primaries. Leading up to and during elections, the issues discussed are more relevant and responsive to the concerns of ordinary people.
Decreased influence of money on politics
Innovations in small money in politics are reducing barriers to running for office and enabling greater participation of ordinary people, informing further public debate and policy change across the country.

Equitable Resources

Tax and budget policies are the most fundamental reflection of government’s priorities and values. Where money comes from—who gets taxed and at what levels—determines the extent to which government is able to meet public needs. Where money goes—the choices it makes about investment in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and other public goods—determines whether government promotes opportunity and prosperity and for whom.

In the US and globally, our work seeks to increase the extent to which tax and budget policies reflect public priorities and solve the problems that matter to people. This includes support for communications, education, and coalition building to make public, civil society, and independent fiscal analysis and oversight mechanisms more effective. We pay particularly close attention to the case for developing a global framework to make multinational taxation fairer and more open, supporting research, learning, and specific proposals and campaigns in the field of global tax reform.

Anticipated Outcomes
More progressive tax and budget systems
Tax and budget systems at all levels are more progressive—meaning that higher income people and corporations contribute a greater share, and the systems allocate resources in ways that promote broad public benefits and reduce inequities.
Corporations pay their fair share
Norms, laws, and regulations established to reduce multinational tax avoidance lead corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.

Powerful Engagement

To solve the problems that are important to them, people need opportunities to engage with government. Our work promotes the development of pathways through which people can engage with government to solve problems of importance to them.  We support civic organizing groups and ecosystems to develop the sophisticated “inside/ outside” strategies that can make public policy more responsive, enabling people to set agendas, and reclaim and rebuild trust in government.  

Throughout the world, this work is made challenging because civic space—the opportunity for people to come together, speak out, organize, and advance their interests—and civic leaders are under threat. We will support groups so they can more effectively respond to this situation, by deepening their legitimacy and connections with their constituencies, and by supporting human rights defenders under threat.

Anticipated Outcomes
Effective civic engagement with government
At the state and national level, civic groups have increased capacity to analyze, organize, and take collective action to influence policies on issues of concern to their constituencies, and increased influence to make governments more responsive.
Increased legitimacy for civic action
Independent civil society has more deeply linked constituencies, and human rights defenders have greater protections.
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.