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.


Program History

The Joyce Foundation has long been interested in ensuring the vibrancy of American democracy, from funding presidential debates to supporting work on such concerns as voter registration and full participation in the U.S Census. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the Foundation focused its efforts on combatting the overwhelming influence of big money on most areas of American public life.

The Foundation has supported the growth of a strong network of public interest groups in Midwest states, which collaborate through the Midwest Democracy Network; and it has also funded national groups ranging from the Brookings Institution to the Cato Institute. More recently, Joyce’s grant making has expanded beyond campaign finance reform to include such issues as fair and open redistricting, protection of voting rights, governmental ethics, and judicial independence – all essential elements of a strong democracy.

Latest News From The Democracy Program

2/2/2015 9:30:00 AM

Illinois takes exciting steps forward on voting rights

Guest commentary by Myrna PĂ©rez, Brennan Center for Justice

12/23/2014 4:06:00 PM

Redistricting Reform Works

Voters have pushed successfully for independent, nonpartisan redistricting reforms that work.

11/13/2014 3:48:00 PM

5 Ways Redistricting Impacts Illinois Elections

No matter which party is in charge, redistricting limits voter choice, lacks transparency and puts special interests first.​


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