Democracy in Crisis: Will Philanthropy Finally Wake Up?

Host Organization: Philanthropy New York


Less than 2 percent of foundation dollars spent in the past decade have been dedicated to efforts to advance democracy reform, construed broadly. The indifference that this number reflects is astonishing, given the importance of a functioning democracy to almost everything that foundations care about and support: from health care to education, from the environment to the arts, and so much more.

Whatever the outcome in November, the structural failures of our democracy have been decades in the making and will persist for decades to come—unless we devote concerned attention to them now.

The window of opportunity is short. Will the philanthropic sector step up to the plate at an historic moment? Join us for a discussion about the role of foundation philanthropy in reinventing American democracy for the conditions of the 21st century.


  • The state of the democracy reform movement and where it’s heading
  • Challenges and opportunities for foundation engagement in the project of democratic reinvention
  • Highlights from Our Common Purpose, the recent roadmap for structural democracy reform, authored by the bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship


Designed for

All interested funders in grantmaking roles. What to expect: presentation followed by full group discussion.


2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Program

Registration is required by October 14th. Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to the program. 

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Guests of Philanthropy-Serving Organizations: If you are a funder member of a philanthropy-serving organization (PSO), please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with your name, title, organizational affiliation, and phone number. Please indicate by which PSO you were invited. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org. ($150 fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with any questions.

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