Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Foundations Focus on Democracy

"Spurred by concerns about big money in politics, infringements on voting rights, a shrill and divisive political climate, and the failure of a polarized Congress to pass legislation on a range of issues, philanthropies including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Omidyar Network are also exploring what kind of a difference they could make in the political process.

They join other foundations that have been working on such issues for years, including the Joyce Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund," reports a recent Chronicle of Philanthropy news piece. "... some nonprofit leaders and grant makers see a need to forge new coalitions and engage groups focused on the environment, immigration, labor, and other issues to mobilize voters and call attention to the influence of big spending in politics."

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