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MacArthur Foundation grant anouncement: Strengthening American Democracy

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 9:52am

Strengthening American Democracy

MacArthur today announced nine grants totaling more than $1.2 million to support information sharing and research on the role of money in politics and efforts to improve election administration.

Over the last years, MacArthur has been exploring how to strengthen democracy in the U.S., given the widespread view that the political system has failed to address adequately major issues confronting the nation, from climate change to healthcare, from our fiscal future to the criminal justice system, from immigration to education. The rising frustration of citizens, documented in poll after poll, is influenced by an economy that is improving too slowly, a sense that the social and cultural ground is shifting in unpredictable ways, and a perception on the part of many that the political system is distorted by the large amounts of money being spent on campaigns.

“The recent government shutdown demonstrated once again that our public debate is too partisan, too shrill, too heavily influenced by campaign fundraising, and too often grounded in ideology rather than evidence. Yet virtually all of the work that we do as a foundation requires thoughtful and responsive public policy and an effective government,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci, who recently published an opinion-editorial about the need for philanthropy to do more to help address the challenges facing American democracy. “MacArthur is proud to make these additional investments in strengthening our democracy.”

For more information

About MacArthur’s grantmaking to strengthen American democracy ›

Democracy commentary by MacArthur President Robert Gallucci ›


The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.


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