Most Americans expect great things from our nation’s leaders. The Joyce Foundation aims to make these expectations a reality by strengthening our democracy and balancing political influence and promoting campaign finance reform. We believe in informing and empowering citizens so they can participate in our democracy. The foundation works to promote open and ethical government, fair and competitive elections, and an independent judiciary.
Too often, well-funded special interests have more access to, and influence with, decision-makers than ordinary citizens and the groups that represent them. The Joyce Foundation supports organizations seeking to balance political influence through campaign finance reforms. Learn More.
Gerrymandering – the drawing of districts to promote particular interests rather than the fair representation of citizens – has become a fine art and undermines the public’s confidence in elections. The Joyce Foundation supports open and nonpartisan redistricting procedures. Learn More.
The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to ensure efficient and honest elections that are open to all citizens who have the right to vote. Learn More.
The election of state judges has become increasingly partisan and expensive, raising concerns about an independent, impartial, and fair judiciary. In the U.S., nine out of 10 state judges are elected, but low voter turnout – sometimes barely above 10 percent – can give undue influence to well-financed and powerful interest groups. The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to keep courts fair and to ensure state judges serve the public’s interest. Learn More.
Latest News From The Democracy Program
On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.
4/20/2015 4:51:00 PM
A Joyce funded report was released that uncovered widespread underrepresentation of communities of color in local government jurisdictions.
2/2/2015 9:30:00 AM
Guest commentary by Myrna Pérez, Brennan Center for Justice