Encouraging citizens to participate in our democracy by promoting campaign finance reform, ethical government, fair elections, and an independent judiciary.
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Democracy Program Staff
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.
Joyce supported report finds that 43% of campaign contributions come from non-candidate groups.
Report Released at Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Symposium.
Joyce Foundation staff speaks during philanthropy conference in Chicago April 7-9 in Chicago
The Joyce Foundation
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