Foundations taking renewed interest in improving political processes
November 16, 2012
Foundations are starting to look at ways that philanthropy can be used to improve current political processes, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Many organizations, such as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, have stepped forward during the past year to support programs that encourage Americans to vote and take interest in political processes.
Robert Gallucci, the new president of the MacArthur Foundation, is hoping to bolster foundations' impact on democratic processes after he realized efforts were being churned as they reached Washington, D.C., the source adds. It's suspected that political stalemates are cropping up because of money that's flowing in from externals sources and corporations, as the result of the Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling to lift the limit on funding.
"Funders are beginning to recognize that you can’t really advance a wide range of goals or get things done right now in Washington because of the system of money and politics," John Kowal, vice president for programs at the Brennan Center for Justice, told the news provider. "I'm excited that funders are beginning to come back into this field."
After the recent election, the MacArthur Foundation polled Americans and found that 88 percent who voted want to see more uniformity in the nation's voting standards. This includes the hours in which polling places are open, the appearance of ballots and requirements for participation.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management
programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.