Giving Compass' Take:

• Individuals are now shifting their philanthropy toward democracy and politics, investing more charitable giving toward civic engagement. 

• What are some ways that you are investing your money as a concerned citizen?

• Read about how to fund participatory democracy to make an impact.

It may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to maximize your charitable giving this year is to make political investment part of your portfolio. David Crane, the founder of Govern for California, argues that we need to tithe ourselves to democracy by investing in well-meaning candidates to ensure the hundred of billions in state and federal budgets are well directed to improve the lives of citizens.

We believe we all can and should invest to #fixdemocracy.

Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter has argued that business people need to dramatically increase their political philanthropy to fix the political duopoly that is failing America. Both of these points of view abhor the role that money plays in politics but acknowledge that contributions by committed citizens are essential to provide a counterbalance to the vested interests that are co-opting the system.

Read the full article on putting money into politics at Medium.