The time is now.

Let’s use our collective power to build a stronger democracy that serves all of us.

17%

In 2020, 17% of Americans expressed trust in the government to do what’s right, as opposed to 73% in 1958.

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39%

39% of Americans say they do not get involved because they do not believe it will make a difference.


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49%

49% of young Americans say they do not know enough about the issues to get involved in social causes or campaigns.

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Since 2010, Congress has approved only three budget resolutions, and there was no budget considered for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.


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Political polarization continues across issues of health, climate change and more, with majorities of voters saying the “other” candidate’s victory would mean lasting harm to the U.S

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A substantial majority  

of Americans say it is “absolutely important” to live in a democracy, but

55%

agreed that

American democracy

is weak, and

68%

said it is getting weaker

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A substantial majority of Americans say it is “absolutely important” to live in a democracy.




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56%

In 2020, 65% of voters said they fear for the country, however 56% of them remain hopeful about the state of the U.S

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66%

More than 66% of eligible voters cast ballots in 2020, marking the highest voter turnout since 1900.


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84%

84% of Americans believe trust in government can be improved, and 86% believe it is possible to improve trust in each other.

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73%

In 1958, 73% of Americans expressed trust in government to do what’s right. In 2020, only 17% do.
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84%

84% of Americans believe trust in government can be improved. 86% believe it is possible to improve trust in each other.
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66%

More than 66% of eligible voters cast ballots in 2020, marking the highest voter turnout since 1900.
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Political polarization continues across issues of health, climate change and more, with majorities of voters saying the “other” candidate’s victory would mean lasting harm to the US.
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Since 2010, Congress has approved only three budget resolutions, and there was no budget considered for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.
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A substantial majority say it is “absolutely important” to live in a democracy, but 55% agreed that American democracy is weak, and 68% said it is getting weaker.
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49%

49% of young Americans say they do not know enough about the issues to get involved in social causes or campaigns. Source

65%

In 2020, 65% of voters fear for the country, however 56% of them remain hopeful about the state of the US.
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56%

56% of voting-age Americans cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election, trailing most other developed democracies.
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How to Participate

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Step 1

Assessment

March – June 2021
Before registering, complete our Organizational Readiness Tool to help determine eligibility and to ensure that your solution is a strong fit for the Stronger Democracy Award.

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Step 2

Registration

June 22, 2021
After assessing your fit through the Organizational Readiness Tool, you must register for the Stronger Democracy Award by Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM Pacific.

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Application

July 22, 2021
Once you’ve registered for the Stronger Democracy Award, complete and submit your application no later than Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM Pacific.

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Feedback

August – November 2021
Valid applications will be scored by five fellow applicants, then a subset of top-scoring submissions will be scored by five Evaluation Panel judges. Scores are normalized to ensure fairness.

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Step 5

Finalists Selection

January 2022
Informed by Evaluation Panel results, we review top-scoring submissions to select up to five Finalists who strengthen their proposals for an opportunity to receive the Stronger Democracy Award.

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Spotlight: Evaluation Panel

Learn more about our esteemed panel of judges for the Stronger Democracy Award.

Aimee Allison

President, Democracy in Color
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Aimee

Nila Bala

Associate Director, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties, R Street
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Nila

Ester Fuchs

Professor of International & Public Affairs and Political Science; Director, Urban and Social Policy Program, Columbia University
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Ester

Joe Goldman

President, Democracy Fund
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Joe

Lee-Sean Huang

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Foossa
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Lee-Sean

Willis Johnson

Senior Fellow, Bridge Alliance
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Willis

Tom Kalil

Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures
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Tom

Zeenat Rahman

Director of the Inclusive America Project, Aspen Institute
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Zeenat
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Spotlight: Donors & Partners

Thanks to our partners for their valuable support of the Stronger Democracy Award.

Additional Ventures

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Cipora & Vlado Herman

Philanthropists Cipora and Vlado Herman recognize the urgent need for change in our institutions and democratic processes. They have joined forces with Additional Ventures and ICONIQ Impact to bring about meaningful and lasting improvements to our political system and restore confidence in our democracy.

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Iconiq

ICONIQ Impact is a global platform for collaborative philanthropy. Supported by ICONIQ Capital’s network of families, founders, and portfolio companies, we strive to break down silos in philanthropy and scale giving for social change. ICONIQ Impact’s goal is to guide philanthropic capital toward scalable models to have an outsized impact on the world’s most urgent problems.

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