Mission: To shed light on foundations' efforts to strengthen U.S. democracy.
Background: Launched by Foundation Center in 2015 in partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Democracy Fund, Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy provides visitors with a variety of tools enabling them to document funding for a range of democracy-related activities in areas such as civic participation, the media, and campaigns, elections, and voting. The site was re-designed earlier this year and currently reflects more than $2.4 billion in funding for democracy since 2011 from more than 1,320 grantmakers.
Outstanding Web Features: With information on more than 18,000 grants, Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy makes it easy for democracy funders and their grantee partners to be more strategic in their decision making, planning, and evaluation — and gives new and prospective funders in the space a better understanding of how they can make an impact. In addition to the site's data visualization tool, which can be browsed by recipient, location, or subject area — and now allows users to refine their search by selecting a subject code from Foundation Center’s Philanthropy Classification System — the platform provides a robust research collection (powered by IssueLab, a Foundation Center property) and a colorful set of democracy-related infographics.