- Elections are key to almost every other issue we work on, and they are the most important way to hold our political leaders accountable;
- The vote is the only political power that many people have; and
- Our elections are not transparent, fair or honest today.
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.