The Democracy program (formerly called the Institutional Accountability and Individual Liberty program) encourages the active participation of citizens in government, seeks to make government and private institutions more accountable and responsive, and supports efforts to ensure that individuals’ rights and liberties under the Constitution are protected. Past grants have included support for work to overcome roadblocks to registration and voting; efforts to expand access to government information; advocacy to promote electronic disclosure of campaign contributions; and a broad range of program initiatives aimed at holding government agencies and public officials accountable for their actions.


Democracy and Power Innovation Fund
The Democracy and Power Innovation Fund is a vehicle for collaborative grantmaking in support of research and innovation at the intersection of organizing, civic engagement, and power. While many people recognize the value of community organizing to the work of building durable movements, little has been done to understand and evaluate the impact of base-building, narrative, and structural democracy reform on voting and other forms of civic engagement, particularly in communities of color. We want to learn more about these civic engagement strategies to improve practice and increase impact. Our theory is that policy change is rooted in the ability of community-based organizations to build authentic constituencies that they can move to action. At the DPI Fund, we are building a community made up of leaders from organizing, political science, and philanthropy to act together to support work to build a multi-racial democracy that works for everyone.

Representative Grants


Faith in Action Fund
To support POWER Action’s Black Voter Narrative Project in Pennsylvania

New Georgia Project
To increase NGP’s digital ad presence to encourage greater civic participation by Black voters in Georgia

To support research on vote-by-mail civic engagement efforts in Pennsylvania

New Florida Majority
To support its Black Voter Project

Allied Media Projects
To support the Kairos Fellowship’s Social Ambassadors project


DPI Fund Launches Research Website!:

The Democracy & Power Innovation Fund, a key program of RFF, has launched a new research website! The password-protected website contains research reports, webinar recordings, and presentations from the DPI Fund community. To access the research and resources, please create an account.