Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

redistricting report

Redistricting and Representation

Report examines redistricting in the Great Lakes region and offers a framework to improve the process.


Democracy Program

Encouraging citizens to participate in our democracy by promoting campaign finance reform, ethical government, fair elections, and an independent judiciary.



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.

Our Approach

Campaign Finance Reform

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.

Election Law and Voting Rights

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.

Fair Courts

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

9/25/2014 4:15:00 PM

The Next Generation Sets Their Agenda

Young people in Illinois are telling lawmakers what issues matter to them.

9/18/2014 11:34:00 AM

Storytelling and Policy Change in the Digital Era

Ellen Alberding encourages Chicago leaders to make it possible for all voices to be heard in the most powerful way possible.​

7/31/2014 9:05:00 AM

Beth Swanson Named Joyce Foundation VP Of Strategy And Programs

Swanson will help guide the development of strategic approaches to reach public policy goals across the Foundation’s six program areas.


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