This article published by Inside Philanthropy is written by Mike Berkowitz and Rachel Pritzker, Guest Contributors. Here is an excerpt:
Democracy is under severe threat in the United States and around the world, but figuring out how to use your financial resources to protect and sustain American democracy is no easy feat. For one thing, the decline of democracy is an incredibly complex challenge with a multitude of domestic and global drivers. Not only is the problem multi-causal, but the potential solutions are manifold, as well. Finally, there are dozens of organizations in the field—many with similar-sounding names—and a plethora of networks, pooled funds and other resources designed to engage donors on this issue.
What is an aspiring democracy funder to do?
We believe it is both harder and easier to be an effective supporter of democracy work than many imagine. It is harder because philanthropy often falls prey to certain fallacies about American democracy that funders need to contend with. It is easier because despite the breadth of potential interventions, funders need not tackle them all. Here are three lessons we have learned about how to be a democracy funder from our own work in this space:…
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