We the People: A Philanthropic Guide for Strengthening Democracy

Multiple surveys over the past decade have revealed a trend of declining confidence in democracy among Americans. While many factors contribute to this growing sense that democracy is weakening, there are practical and thoughtful efforts underway to reverse these sentiments. The Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s “We the People: A Philanthropic Guide to Strengthening Democracy” creates a framework for anyone looking to strengthen the democratic system.

To assist donors who are ready to act immediately, CHIP will publish a supplement, “We the People: Nonprofits Making an Impact to Strengthen Democracy,” highlighting initiatives and organizations that are strengthening democracy through civic engagement and local media.

Two Examples of How to Incorporate Our Framework

Philanthropic support for civic engagement and local media emerged as especially promising avenues for multiple reasons. We’ve conducted deep dives into how these examples support the five elements.

Increasing Civic Engagement

Civic engagement encompasses a broad range of activities related to democracy, from donating to charity to running for political office. It includes the work of long standing membership nonprofits, faith-based efforts, as well as new, technology-supported initiatives. More >>

Reinvigorating Local Media

Local media is the collection of communication outlets, newspapers, radio stations, and hyperlocal websites, among others, that tell the stories of a specific community. Healthy local media ecosystems are at the heart of all five elements of a well-functioning democracy. More >>

Nonprofits Making an Impact

Here we highlight organizations that bring people together, facilitate information flows, and elevate the voices of citizens in our democracy.

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League of Women Voters of Maine

Increasing Civic Engagement

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Generation Citizen

Increasing Civic Engagement

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Orton Family Foundation

Increasing Civic Engagement

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Draw the Lines PA

Increasing Civic Engagement

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Faith in Action

Increasing Civic Engagement

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Resolve Philadelphia

Reinvigorating Local Media

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City Bureau

Reinvigorating Local Media

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American Journalism Project

Reinvigorating Local Media