Institutional Accountability and Individual Liberty


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.


Voter Registration Modernization

Over the past decade, a number of states have taken a range of official actions designed, in practice, to limit voting of the poor, elderly, newly enfranchised immigrants, and people of color. The Voter Registration Modernization initiative was created to counter these efforts and is focused on expanding participation in the nation’s democracy by enacting legislation to provide automatic and permanent registration to all voters.  

Representative Grants


For its Justice Program.
For In the Public’s Interest’s Prison Bonds Project.
For the ReFund America Project to research Police Brutality Bonds.
For its Pre-booking Diversion Initiative.
To research and publicize the Economic Harms of Mass Incarceration.
For its Building a Better South campaign.



The Rockefeller Family Fund is pleased to announce that Julie Fernandes has joined the Fund as associate director for institutional accountability and individual liberty (IAIL).

At an increasingly troubling time for our democracy, Julie’s leadership comes at a critical moment. She has a compelling set of experiences that are well-suited to RFF’s brand of creative, advocacy-based philanthropy, having held key positions in government, including the White House and the Justice Department, the advocacy community, and in philanthropy. More information about the IAIL program area and Julie can be found here.