Fair Elections

Our Mission

Reform election laws so that every citizen has the right and ability to vote, every vote is counted transparently and accurately, and elections reflect the true will of the majority. We fund work to:
  1. End voter suppression in all its forms;
  2. Protect the vote count with verifiable ballots, rigorous security systems, audits and recounts; and
  3. Reform the redistricting process to end gerrymandering.
We spend millions on political campaigns, but only pennies to protect the vote itself. That must change, and that is our mission.

Our Strategy

Our primary focus is to reform the election process so that elections are fair, transparent, honest, and accurately reflect the will of the majority of the people.
This is a critical issue for Threshold because:
  1. Elections are key to almost every other issue we work on, and they are the most important way to hold our political leaders accountable;
  2. The vote is the only political power that many people have; and
  3. Our elections are not transparent, fair or honest today.
Many citizens are denied the right to vote or are severely discouraged from voting. There is much evidence that past elections have been hacked and almost all elections systems are still very vulnerable to electronic distortion whether from insiders, corporate interests or foreign countries. Election outcomes are also often rigged through gerrymandering, and the lack of limits on campaign spending encourages corruption and control of elections by the rich and powerful.

Grant Cycle Guidelines

The Fair Elections Funding Circle will fund both 501(c)4 and 501(c)(3) organizations that work within the United States. Activities we support may include direct lobbying of federal and state legislators; public education and organizing in key districts; building relationships with state election officials and cyber security experts; networking and collaboration with other civic and civil rights organizations; litigation; and attempts to reach across party lines whenever possible.  

We prefer funding smaller organizations (generally budgets under $1.5M) where a Threshold grant can have a significant impact on our grantee partners' work. We prefer to fund work on issues which are critical but not as visible to the public due to a lack of media coverage and therefore don’t come to the attention of other funders.

We look to fund independent, nonpartisan citizen groups who are reaching out to the political center.  We will be looking for opportunities to fund work that can have a domino effect–that can serve as a model for other organizations and states.  We have a bias toward work that will affect the next election and toward “battleground” states.

2018 Threshold Fair Elections Grantmaking Calendar

October 15, 2017

2018 grant guidelines posted online 

November 6, 2017

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

December 1, 2017

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific Time

December 1, 2017 - January 15, 2018

Evaluations and site visits

January 31, 2018

Grant decisions made and announced

February 9, 2018

Grant award checks mailed


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