Working to improve quality of life, promote community vitality and achieve a fair society.

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Redistricting and Representation

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

 
Democracy

Democracy Program

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

 
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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

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7/28/2016 9:32:00 AM

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants to Advance Policies on Climate Change, Great Lakes Protection, Gun Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development​

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The Joyce Foundation Announces $10.2 Million in Grants

In April, 50 grants totaling $10.2 million were approved by the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges.

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Strengthening Democracy by Embracing a Multi-Party System

Democracy Program Director, George Cheung, penned a blog, featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

 
 

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