Democracy Northwest

Democracy Northwest

Where philanthropy meets democracy.

Philanthropy has unreached potential as a critical partner in strengthening our democracy. From mission-driven activities that build democratic citizenship, to more deliberate contributions to civic engagement, community-building and public policy work, to direct investments in democratic reform — philanthropy can more strongly step into its opportunity to shape a healthier, more inclusive democracy. 

Philanthropy Northwest is listening to members, organizing learning and networking opportunities, and creating tools that support philanthropy in being effective democracy partners with communities. 

“Building a community’s capacity should be viewed in roughly the same hardheaded, leveraging-of-scarce-resources terms as building a grantee’s capacity.”
- Daniel Kemmis, Philanthropy and The Renewal of Democracy

Democracy Lens

To help funders understand the assets and opportunities within our communities, we created the Democracy Lens. It provides Bright Spot case studies that examine successful democracy-strengthening initiatives and the role of philanthropy in each state. In addition, it includes regional data about indicators of the health of our democracy, and also looks at philanthropic funding — direct and indirect — that supports democracy building.

Democracy Northwest Funders Table

We are building a community of funders to work together to strengthen reflective democracy in the Northwest. Our focus is on encouraging civic engagement in public discourse, supporting political power-building in local communities and increasing political representation by leaders who reflect their communities. To do this, we are listening to communities about how funders can best support community civic participation, sharing what we are learning and promoting collaboration among funders to foster more reflective democracy. To learn more about the Democracy Northwest Funders Table, contact our policy team.

Related Resources

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Interested in learning more about democracy building?

Contact our policy team to explore how philanthropy can play a role in strengthening democracy.