In recent years, there has been a proliferation of organizations working to address our growing political divisions and hyper-partisanship. FixUS has developed the following Landscape Review to curate the many existing organizations devoted to improving the state of our democracy through political, economic, cultural, and other changes. Note: The list is organized alphabetically by category. It is not exhaustive, and some organizations may belong to more than one subgroup. Inclusion on this list does not imply support or endorsement by FixUS.
Groups and organizations seeking to change our political system, inject greater competition, and/or provide better representation of the public. These groups' focuses include but are not limited to (1) promoting more independent or independent-minded candidates and policymaking, (2) establishing new third parties, (3) advancing structural political reforms in areas such as campaign finance, redistricting, electoral/primary reform, and congressional reform, and/or (4) advocating for the protection of democratic norms and institutions.
The Alliance Party – The Alliance Party is the culmination of a decades-long movement of fiscally conservative, radically moderate Independents (former Democrats and Republicans) who want our elected officials to be nonpartisan once in office and work for all of their constituents to provide a better future for the country.
American Promise – American Promise exists to empower, inspire, and organize Americans to win the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. This reform seeks to rebalance our politics and government by putting the rights of individual citizens before the privileges of concentrated money, corporations, unions, political parties, and super PACs.
Bipartisan Policy Center – Bipartisan Policy Center’s Governance Project works to understand and bolster the current state of democracy, strengthen the capacity of its governing institutions, and build a Congress that is responsive to a diverse nation. It examines trends and advances ideas for reform in areas from election administration, campaigning, and voting to the inner workings of government.
Brennan Center for Justice – The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to reform, revitalize – and when necessary, defend – their country's systems of democracy and justice.
Business for America – Business for America is a network of business leaders advancing better government and elections. Its mission is to make government efficient, effective, and accountable to establish a more competitive, innovative business climate in America.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) – CLC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., focused on campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, and ethics.
Center for Political Accountability – The Center for Political Accountability is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization leading the effort toward achieving corporate political disclosure and accountability. It enlists the cooperation of companies themselves by demonstrating the business value of spending transparency.
Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) – CSPC's mission is to apply the lessons of history to address today’s political challenges; develop real-world strategic policy solutions by convening representatives from government, academia, and the private sector; and educate the next generation of leaders.
Center Forward – Center Forward brings together members of Congress, not-for-profits, academic experts, trade associations, corporations, and unions to find common ground and give centrist allies the information they need to craft commonsense solutions and provide those allies the support they need to turn those ideas into results.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) – CREW uses aggressive legal action, in-depth research, and bold communications to reduce money's influence in politics and help foster an ethical, accountable government.
Common Cause – Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to (1) creating an open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest, (2) promoting equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all, and (3) empowering all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
Defending Democracy Together – Defending Democracy Together is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization created by lifelong conservatives and Republicans dedicated to defending America’s democratic norms, values, and institutions and fighting for consistent conservative principles like the rule of law, free trade, and expanding legal immigration.
Democracy 21 – Democracy 21 and the Democracy 21 Education Fund work to strengthen the integrity and fairness of democracy and increase the role of citizens in our political process by bringing unique policy and litigation expertise to campaign finance, government integrity, transparency, accountability, and democracy issues.
Democracy Matters – Democracy Matters is a nonpartisan campus-based national student organization that offers paid internships to undergraduates to mentor the next generation of leaders dedicated to strengthening democracy. Students organize actions and projects connecting pro-democracy reforms to various public policy issues.
Democracy Reform Ranking Project (DRRP) – DRRP facilitates live events, meetings, and surveys to engage people about reforms they believe would best address the U.S. democracy crisis to take action.
Every Voice – Every Voice is an organization that works to design, support, and win small-donor elections programs at all levels of government across the country to reduce the power of big money and ensure everyone’s voice can be heard in government.
Fairmandering – Fairmandering is an organization committed to making the redistricting process more fair, efficient, and transparent. It conducts original technical research and builds quantitative tools to help citizens and independent commissions draw representative districts.
FairVote – FairVote is a nonpartisan organization that advances electoral reforms at the local, state, and national levels through strategic research, communications, and collaboration. It is the main force behind advancing ranked choice voting and fair representation in multi-winner legislative districts.
Fix the Court – Fix the Court is a national, nonpartisan organization that advocates for non-ideological “fixes” to make the federal courts, and primarily the U.S. Supreme Court, more open and accountable to the American people.
FixItAmerica.org – FixitAmerica.org is an organization that works to pass a constitutional amendment with two sections: one to allow Congress and the states to regulate the role of money in elections and governance; the second to ensure legislative districts or districting plans do not favor or disfavor any political party.
FixUS – FixUS seeks to better understand the root causes of our nation’s growing divisions and deteriorating political system, to work with others to bring attention to these issues and the need to fix them, and to build support for necessary changes.
Freedom House – Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. It analyzes the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change.
In This Together – In This Together is a project of EarthX that consists of an informal group of wealthy political donors and others that have laid out a plan "to transform the business of politics in post-COVID America." It seeks to reduce spending on political warfare and redirect billions toward solutions that can unite a governing majority of Americans from left to right.
Independence-Alliance Party of Minnesota – The Independence-Alliance Party of Minnesota is a political party grounded in core principles of direct service and accountability to the people, budgeting responsibly and delivering within its means, and whose endorsed candidates and elected representatives serve the people first, not the party.
Independent Americans United – Independent Americans United supports electoral reform by empowering and engaging Independents and all voters who have become disaffected and disengaged from politics. It advocates open primaries, redistricting reform, and equity in ballot access and fundraising rules for Independent candidates.
Independent Voter Project (IVP) – IVP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to better informing voters about important public policy issues and encouraging nonpartisan voters to participate in the electoral process.
IndependentVoting – IndependentVoting is a national strategy, communications, and organizing center working to connect and empower those who identify as independents. Its mission is to develop a movement of independent voters to reform America’s political process, create unorthodox coalitions and use democracy to develop the nation.
The Institute for Political Innovation – The Institute for Political Innovation is a cross-partisan, not-for-profit organization that contributes theory, scholarship, and strategy to catalyze and model modern political change in America.
Invest America Fund – Invest America Fund is a donor advisor organization designed to drive real and lasting policy change by focusing on supporting financiers who are aggressively deploying capital to every part of the national reform movement.
Issue One – Issue One is focused on bringing the two parties together to solve what it considers to be the root cause of our dysfunction: by fixing democracy and making government more responsive to the people.
Leadership Now Project – The Leadership Now Project is a nonpartisan membership organization of business professionals concerned with the future of our democracy, specifically the lack of competition in the politics industry, low voter turnout, gerrymandering, campaign finance rules, and a lack of highly qualified candidates.
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections – Maine Citizens for Clean Elections is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to ensure that Maine’s campaign finance laws, elections, and government serve the public interest, both in principle and in practice.
Make Integrity Great Again – Make Integrity Great Again believes that a robust democracy requires trust and has developed a pledge for elected officials according to the standards of public integrity: truth, the rule of law, putting the public interest above personal interests, and commitment to engaging with all people with civility and respect.
MapLight – MapLight is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics, informs and empowers voters, and advances reforms that promote a more responsive democracy.
The Mayday PAC – MAYDAY.US is a national grassroots movement to fight corruption by electing reformers on all levels of government. It has volunteers across the country organizing on behalf of candidates that will fundamentally reform the campaign finance system.
National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers – The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers is a collection of individuals and organizations dedicated to fostering a government representative of the people and advancing reforms and causes to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.
National Vote at Home Institute and Coalition – A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Vote at Home Institute and Coalition advocates for allowing citizens to vote from home to avoid complications at polling booths and to increase participation.
New America Foundation Political Reform Program – New America’s Political Reform program advocates for repairing the dysfunction of American democracy and restoring trust in government through ideas, fresh perspectives, experimentation, and an aspirational yet realistic vision of American democracy.
New Politics – New Politics is a bipartisan organization helping bring a new generation of leadership to politics by helping promising servant leaders run for public office. It identifies top talent, helps them build a winning campaign infrastructure, and provides mentorship and support throughout their campaigns.
No Labels – No Labels is a social welfare advocacy organization dedicated to activating citizens and organizing leaders around a new politics of problem-solving. It cultivates a durable bipartisan bloc in Congress capable of pushing forward legislation and pushing back on the extremes on both sides.
One Virginia 2021 Foundation – The Foundation is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the structure of the electoral system to better reflect the will of Virginia voters. It hopes to facilitate a more representative, inclusive, open, and transparent government mainly through combating partisan gerrymandering and other redistricting reforms.
Open the Government – Open the Government is an inclusive, nonpartisan coalition that works to strengthen our democracy and empower the public by advancing policies that create a more open, accountable, and responsive government.
Open Primaries – Open Primaries advocates for open and nonpartisan primary systems, counters efforts to impose closed primaries, educates voters and policymakers, advances litigation, trains spokespeople, conducts and supports research, and participates in the building of open primary coalitions.
OpenSecrets – OpenSecrets is a nonpartisan, independent, and nonprofit research group that tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Partnership for Public Service – The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government by serving as a bridge between administrations across the political aisle and from the government to the private sector, bringing diverse perspectives to develop forward-thinking solutions.
Project on Government Oversight (POGO) – POGO is a nonpartisan, independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest aim to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.
Princeton Gerrymandering Project – The Princeton Gerrymandering Project does nonpartisan analysis to understand and eliminate partisan gerrymandering at a state-by-state level. It supports state and federal-level reform efforts to eliminate partisan gerrymandering and identifies opportunities and loopholes in existing law that shape how district maps are drawn.
Protect Democracy – Protect Democracy was founded by a group of former high-level executive branch officials to prevent American democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government.
Public Agenda – Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and public engagement organization that works to strengthen democracy and expand opportunity in America by fostering thoughtful public opinion, meaningful public participation, and responsive public institutions.
Public Citizen – Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power by defending democracy, resisting corporate power, and working to ensure government works for the people, not just corporate interests.
R Street Institute – R Street’s Governance Project aims to assess and improve the state of America’s national system of self-governance, with particular attention to Congress.
Rebuild Congress Initiative (RCI) – RCI is an independent, nonpartisan initiative of the Harvard Negotiation Project and Issue One, bringing legislative reform to Congress.
Reform Elections Now (REN) – REN is a nonpartisan initiative of concerned citizens dedicated to reducing partisanship in government by promoting an array of pragmatic electoral reforms.
Represent.Us – Represent.Us is a national, nonpartisan organization that supports public education, research, and online and traditional grassroots organizing to amplify the message of money-in-politics corruption and increase civic participation.
RepresentWomen – RepresentWomen is a nonpartisan organization that works to increase women's representation in elected office and advocates for systemic reforms to the recruitment process, voting systems, and legislative practices so that more women run, win, serve, and lead.
Running Start – Running Start trains diverse groups of young women to run for political office on a nonpartisan basis.
Serve America Movement (SAM) – SAM is building a new political party to help break apart the two-party system and give voters more of a choice when they go to the polls.
Service Year Alliance – Service Year Alliance is devoted to making a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. It provides support to the service year sector, encompassing recruitment and marketing, organizational growth and learning, service year corps member support, a tech-enabled marketplace to match organizations and young people, and policy and advocacy.
Stair Party – The Stair Party is an advocacy group whose mission is a direct response to the failure of the two-party system, the refusal of current third parties to see the bigger picture, and the outcry nationwide for decisive action. It seeks to collaborate and unify to make significant progress, particularly on federal tax policy.
Take Back Our Republic – Take Back Our Republic engages in research, education, and advocacy about returning political power to individuals and ending the system of escalating campaign contributions by corporations, labor unions, and special interests that fuels government spending.
Third Way – Third Way is a national think tank whose work is grounded in the mainstream American values of opportunity, freedom, and security.
Unite America – Unite America is a movement of Democrats, Republicans, and independents working to put voters first by fostering a more representative and functional government. It invests in campaigns to enact reforms and elect candidates so that the right leaders have the right incentives to solve the country's greatest problems.
United Utah Party – The United Utah Party unites all who want to end the extreme partisanship that has corrupted our political conversation. It focuses on practical solutions based on common sense and common ground.
Vote16USA – Vote16USA is a national campaign organized by Generation Citizen that aims to support efforts to lower the voting age on the local level, help start new local campaigns, and elevate the issue’s prominence on a national level.
Voters Not Politicians – Voters Not Politicians is a nonpartisan advocacy organization in Michigan that works to strengthen democracy by engaging people across the state in effective citizen action.
With Honor – With Honor is a cross-partisan organization that seeks to elect principled next-generation veterans to office who will work in a cross-partisan way to create a more effective and less polarized government, where principled veterans represent a significant percentage of elected positions at all levels.
Groups and organizations working to study and/or advance policy changes intended to address economic drivers contributing to rising anxiety and political tension.
Aspen Institute Economic Strategy Group – The Aspen Economic Strategy Group (AESG) promotes evidence-based policymaking that fosters widespread economic opportunity and the long-run competitiveness of American firms and workers. The group also builds bipartisan relationships across party lines and generations of policymakers.
Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative – The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative is a nonpartisan effort to identify concrete ways to address the challenges American workers and businesses face due to the changing nature of work in the 21st century.
Berggruen Institute – The Berggruen Institute was established to develop foundational ideas about reshaping political and social institutions in the face of great societal transformations.
Center for Rural Strategies – Center for Rural Strategies seeks to improve economic and social conditions for communities in the countryside and around the world by building coalitions, developing partnerships, leading public information campaigns, and advancing strategies that strengthen connections between rural and urban places.
The Century Foundation – The Century Foundation is a progressive, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad.
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget – The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to educating the public on issues with significant fiscal policy impact.
Conscious Capitalism – Conscious Capitalism is an organization that works on constructing capitalism and business in a way that better reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of our world today, and the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world.
Future500 – Future500 helps diverse organizations step out of their echo chambers and seek common ground in uncommon places. It aims to catalyze innovative, systemic solutions that enable both our planet and society to thrive.
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies – The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that creates ideas for improving the socioeconomic status and civic engagement of African-Americans.
The New Center – The New Center is an organization that works to nurture new policy proposals and establish the intellectual basis for a viable political center in today’s America. It will do this primarily through a web presence that promotes ideas, news coverage, and commentary that help people see commonsense solutions.
Niskanen Center – The Niskanen Center is a nonpartisan think tank that promotes an open society: one that is open to political, cultural, and social change, and a government that protects these freedoms while advancing the cause of open societies around the world.
One America Works – One America Works is an organization that connects innovative companies and forward-thinking cities to leverage each other’s strengths and succeed together.
Rural Assembly – The Rural Assembly helps the leaders of Rural America lead, connecting them with tools, resources, and each other as they build a more inclusive nation.
Tony Blair Institute for Global Change – The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change aims to help make globalization work for the many, not the few. It does this by helping countries, their people, and their governments address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today.
Up to Us – Up to Us is dedicated to building a sustainable economic and fiscal future for America’s next generation. Its program provides emerging leaders a platform for facilitating a collaborative dialogue on the country’s most vexing challenges.
Urban Rural Action – Urban Rural Action is an organization that equips community members across the urban/rural divide with critical collaboration skills to discuss and analyze complex challenges such as economic hardship, educational disparities, and mental health challenges. Participants form diverse teams to implement impactful community projects, thereby strengthening relationships and trust, and reducing the risks of violent conflict across divides.
Washington Center for Equitable Growth – Equitable Growth works to build a strong bridge between academics and policymakers to ensure that research on equitable growth and inequality is relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process.
Groups and organizations working to study and/or impact cultural and societal change as a way of addressing political division, including but not limited to: those promoting more civility in political discourse, the need for civic education/civic engagement, and/or advancing new models of collaborative problem-solving/negotiation on public policy issues.
A Peace of My Mind – A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia arts project created by award-winning photographer John Noltner which uses portraits and personal stories to bridge divides and encourage dialogue around important issues. Through exhibits, workshops, lectures, on-site studios, and distance learning, A Peace of My Mind leads transformative experiences that help a polarized world rediscover the common humanity that connects us.
The Acceptance Project (TAP) – TAP is a student-run and student-led organization founded as a club at Stroudsburg Junior High School to create an adequate time and environment for students to have constructive and civil dialogue about the divisive issues facing the nation and the world.
ActivisTheology – The ActivisTheology Project is a collaborative team of public theologians, justice advocates, and strategy-minded people situated in the hybrid space of the church, social change, and the academy passionate about its commitment to the ethics and politics of en conjunto (togetherness).
ActiVote – ActiVote works to empower all Americans to be active in democracy by helping voters create the habit of voting. It provides easy access to your elections and what candidates really stand for while filtering out all the noise.
ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge – The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge strives for a more inclusive democracy. It envisions a country in which the electorate mirrors the country’s makeup and college students are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis: during and between elections, and not just at the polls.
American Democracy Project (ADP) – ADP is a network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.
American Dialogue Project – The American Dialogue Project exists to help people be in conversation with one another in an accessible, productive way. It is a platform for building our capacity for dialogue.
American Exchange Project – The American Exchange Project takes the model of a foreign exchange, a study abroad, and applies it to towns and cities across the United States. The aim is to build enduring respect and understanding across economic, political, and geographic divides, which will help both adults and students realize more unites them than divides them.
The American Leader – The American Leader is a public education resource that documents the history and current events surrounding the nation's struggles to address systemic problems to focus relentlessly on the issues that shape our world and to make them more accessible to all Americans.
American Listening Project – American Listening Project is an organization that facilitates 15-minute sessions in which Americans listen across the political divide and understand each other’s differences.
American Pals – American Pals is an intra-national pen pal project enabling students to get to know their country and fellow citizens better.
American Press Institute – The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public service journalism, and succeed at organizational change.
American Public Square – American Public Square is a nonpartisan nonprofit that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. It organizes programs that feature expert panelists and audience members with opposing views talking to each other civilly about controversial topics.
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life – The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, based at the University of Texas at Austin, cultivates informed voters and active citizens. It does so through research, education, and outreach programs focused on three key pillars: civic discovery, young people, and civil dialogue.
Ask Big Questions – Ask Big Questions is an organization that partners with colleges to set up opportunities for students of different backgrounds and perspectives can talk about important issues.
Beyond Conflict – Beyond Conflict has created powerful and innovative frameworks to open pathways for progress in peace talks, transitions to democracy, and national reconciliation in the aftermath of division and violence in over 75 countries.
Big Tent Nation – Big Tent Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit initiative dedicated to substantially increasing the number of citizens working together to address America’s highest-stakes economic challenges through information technology and social networks.
Braver Angels – Braver Angels (formerly Better Angels) is a national citizens' movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, and teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences.
BreakBread World – BreakBread World is a growing global community dedicated to reweaving our common humanity through interactive and inspired conversation while sharing in the intimate act of breaking bread together.
Bridge Alliance – Bridge Alliance is a movement of more than 80 civic action organizations working individually and together to transform the political terrain. It provides essential infrastructure and investment to connect and collaborate on projects that further shared goals to generate a collective impact.
Bridge the Divide – Bridge the Divide is a political initiative that seeks to promote political conversation amongst youth in a time of great divide in both American and global political affairs. It works to unite politically active students who desire to create change in the world by stimulating conversation productively and respectfully.
BridgeUSA – BridgeUSA believes that good governance starts with constructive political discussion. Its organization works with America’s future leaders on college campuses to foster spaces wherein a diverse range of ideas can engage one another through the practice of responsible discourse.
Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) – BDI is a nonpartisan research initiative of Princeton University that tracks and mitigates political violence in the U.S. The group aims to build trust and cooperation in communities to bridge our nation's divides by giving people information about what is happening in their community and sharing resources that facilitate local engagement and full democratic participation.
Bring It to The Table – Bring It to The Table is a short documentary, webisode series, online platform, and community engagement campaign aimed at bridging political divides and breaking down partisanship.
The Burke-Paine Society (BPS) – BPS brings together cross-partisan discussion groups across the nation to engage in civil dialogue and reinvigorate the American political system through healthy debate based on inclusiveness, empathy, intellectual curiosity, and humility.
Campus Compact – Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. It works to ensure students graduate with an education in democracy & civic responsibility.
Campus Vote Project (CVP) – CVP, an initiative of Fair Elections, works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students, and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Its goal is to help campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.
Center for Civic Design – Center for Civic Design is an organization that seeks to make every interaction between government and citizens easy by using civic design skills to improve the voting experience, making elections easier to administer, and encouraging participation in elections.
Center for Inclusion and Belonging – The Center for Inclusion and Belonging is an effort of the American Immigration Council. Its mission is to "change hearts and minds towards those considering the 'other' and building bridges across differences" and to make investments in attitude and behavioral changes to heal and move towards a more united future.
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) – CIRCLE focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are politically marginalized or disadvantaged. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.
Center for New Democratic Processes – The Center for New Democratic Processes (formerly the Jefferson Center) is compiled of international leaders in civic participation, deliberation, and engagement, driven to design the future of democracy. It partners with citizens, communities, and institutions to design and implement informed, innovative, and democratic solutions to today’s toughest challenges.
Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) – CTCL is a nonpartisan nonprofit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact by providing free and low-cost resources for local election administrators and publishing free, open-source civic datasets.
Cities 4 Peace – Cities 4 Peace’s mission is to build the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities with transformative frameworks and tools that increase social connection and resilience and bring peace across the world.
Citizen Discourse – Citizen Discourse’s mission is to support the development of self-aware and empathetic individuals who contribute to a more just and compassionate society. Through experiential learning and peer-to-peer sharing, Citizen Discourse’s research-backed methodology and curriculum create space for learning, connection, and reflection and promote the practice of healthy discourse skills.
Citizen University – Citizen University is an organization building a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship across the country. It envisions a great civic revival where Americans are steeped in a sense of civic character, educated in the tools of civic power, and are problem-solving contributors in a self-governing community.
The Civic Circle – The Civic Circle empowers young students to understand and participate in democracy through music and the arts, inspiring compassionate, informed, engaged citizens.
Civic Genius – Civic Genius (formerly Common Ground Solutions) seeks to increase civic engagement; improve the quality of political discourse; highlight real-world stories of people working together across political lines; and forge moderate, commonsense solutions to the biggest challenges.
Civic Health Project – Civic Health Project is a fiscal project of the Mediators Foundation dedicated to reducing toxic partisan polarization and enabling healthier public discourse and decision-making across citizenry, politics, and media. Through grant-making and advocacy, it supports initiatives that empower Americans to reject tribal partisanship and come together to solve the nation’s greatest challenges.
The Civic Leadership Project – The Civic Leadership Project provides a practical holistic framework for a city, state, or rural community to create a civic culture that can strengthen its civic capacity — its ability to work together to solve collective problems — as well as create a more robust nonprofit sector with the giving, volunteering, and sense of community responsibility needed to successfully address the educational, social, economic, and environmental challenges it faces.
Civic Nation – Civic Nation uses organizing, engagement, and public awareness to address some of the nation's most pressing challenges. It works with public and private partners to inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues important to our country.
Civics Unplugged (CU) – CU is powered by a global community of young leaders who have graduated from the CU Fellowship and are working together to grow as leaders and build a brighter future for humanity.
Civil Dialogues – Civil Dialogues is an online forum to deliberate and form a consensus on urgent matters. The site was launched by the Communitarian Network, a corporation dedicated to finding constructive solutions to social problems through morally informed policy analysis and moral dialogue.
Civil Society Institute (CSI) – CSI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization focusing on advancing civic engagement on issues that directly affect individuals and the communities in which they live and raise their families. Research and education efforts prioritize the support of democratic institutions and citizen involvement in solving problems using innovative strategies and unique partnerships.
Civil Squared – Civil Squared’s purpose is to get un-likeminded people talking again to create the most effective solutions to the challenges our communities face. It does this through balanced weekly newsletters, biweekly podcasts with nationally recognized scholars, experts, and authors, and encouraging participants to engage in real-time with experts and other community members through online and in-person events.
CivXNow – CivXNow is a project of iCivics that works to ensure that the civic mission of schools is at the core of education as a way to sustain our democratic republic. This is done through the CivXNow Coalition, and it works to catalyze a national mindset shift to prioritize civic engagement and civic education, which in turn is meant to drive policies and investments in civic education.
College to Congress – College to Congress is a nonpartisan program that provides financial support to cover interns’ first professional wardrobe, transportation, housing, meals, and various needs. The program includes curated leadership training to prepare students to emerge as public service stewards.
Common Ground Committee – Common Ground Committee is a citizen-led nonprofit that inspires action on polarizing issues by bringing prominent leaders with opposing views together in public forums to find common ground. Its singular focus is bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.
Compassionate America Network – Compassionate America Network houses programming by and for independent-minded Americans tied to civics education, civic awareness, and civic reform initiatives.
Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) – CMF works directly with members of Congress and staff to enhance their operations and interactions with constituents. CMF works directly with citizen groups to educate them on how Congress works, giving constituents a stronger voice in policy outcomes.
Consensus Building Institute (CBI) – CBI is a nonprofit organization that helps leaders within and across organizations, sectors, and stakeholder groups to collaborate on the most significant social, environmental, and economic challenges to resolve them.
Convergence Center for Policy Resolution – The Convergence Center for Policy Resolution convenes individuals and organizations with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues. It employs a proven methodology of dialogue-leading-to-action to find breakthrough solutions and look to empower unlikely alliances to create change.
Conversation Café – Conversation Cafés are open, hosted conversations in cafés as well as conferences and classrooms—anywhere people gather to make sense of our world – as part of a simple process that helps to shift us from small talk to “big” talk.
The Conversationalist – The Conversationalist is a nonpartisan educational platform empowering Gen Z to break out of their echo chambers, have difficult conversations, and unify.
Crossing Party Lines (CPL) – CPL hosts weekly moderation conversations available to the public and free to all, giving each participant a chance to share their unique perspectives and encouraging appreciation of the different ways we each see the world.
Cultivate the Karass – Cultivate the Karass was founded to foster dialogue among leaders regardless of party affiliation – and begin to find compromise and progress on the issues people care most about.
Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership – The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy works with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and residents to both promote and support constructive and broad-based civic involvement in decisions that affect people where they live and work.
David Mathews Center for Civic Life – The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that builds skills, habits, and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision-making.
Deliberations.US – Deliberations.US brings Americans together from every walk of life for conversations on the political issues of the day. By engaging Americans in balanced and fact-based discussions, Deliberations.US fosters informed opinions and reveals common ground, bringing democracy back to the people.
Democracy Works – Democracy Works connects with colleges and universities, election officials, peer institutions, and corporate and nonprofit partners to make voting easier by tackling issues such as lack of time, registration problems, and inconvenient polling places.
The Dialogue Project – The Dialogue Project is a research effort to explore what role business can play to help improve civil discourse and reduce polarization.
Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center (DDNRC) – The DDNRC was founded to ensure that college and university campuses remain places to protect freedom of expression, sustain academic freedom, promote pluralism, and expand opportunities for constructive communication across different perspectives.
Divided We Fall – Divided We Fall is a nonprofit news publication working to provide bipartisan dialogue for the politically engaged. It publishes debates, interviews, and op-eds between individuals who disagree to demonstrate productive civil discourse and bipartisanship.
Essential Partners – The mission of Essential Partners is to foster constructive dialogue where conflicts are driven by differences in identity, beliefs, and values.
Every Day Democracy – Every Day Democracy supports organizing across the country by bringing diverse groups of people together, helping them structure and facilitate community dialogue on pressing issues, and training them to use a racial equity lens to understand longstanding problems and possible solutions.
Faith & Politics Institute – The Faith & Politics Institute inspires political leaders to reflect and engage with one another for the good of our nation. It cultivates mutual respect, moral reflection, increased understanding, and honest conversation among political leaders to advance productive discourse and constructive collaboration.
Fierce Civility Project – The Fierce Civility Project team offers tools and experiences for teams and organizations to go out into the world powerfully — beyond stagnation, conflict, and polarization — towards a path that leads to balance, stability, and thriving.
Focolare Movement – The Focolare Movement is a faith-based group spreading the message of unity worldwide through various forms of dialogue; it is committed to building bridges of fraternal relationships among individuals, between cultural groups, and in every area of society.
Foundation for Civic Leadership – The Foundation for Civic Leadership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging the next generation of global citizens. It works with partners to identify gaps in the field, incubates new scalable projects to help fill them, and supports those projects in becoming independent and sustainable.
Free Radicals Project (FRP) – FRP is a global extremism prevention and education network. Its process focuses on building knowledge and understanding of how extremist groups operate, recruit, and grow, to counter and disrupt them.
Gell – Gell is an organization that brings together a diverse group of thought leaders and engaged citizens to encourage, facilitate, and moderate healthy discussions and debates on the most important issues. It then prioritizes the top-rated opinions for and against important issues to help people make better decisions with their actions, votes, and lives.
Generation Citizen (GC) – GC works to ensure that all students in the United States receive an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens.
Hands Across the Hills – Hands Across the Hills, formed in response to the 2016 election, is an organization helping individuals meet face to face with others who voted differently, eliminating the voices of politicians and the media, who seek to divide us, to see us as enemies, red versus blue.
Harvard Negotiation Project (HNP) – The mission of HNP is to improve the theory and practice of conflict resolution and negotiation by working on real-world conflict intervention, theory building, education and training, and writing and disseminating new ideas.
The Harwood Institute – The Harwood Institute equips people, organizations, communities, and networks with the tools to bridge divides, build capacity, and tackle shared challenges. For over 30 years, it has created breakthroughs on how to address the hardest and most vital societal challenges and strengthen our civic culture.
Healthy Democracy – Healthy Democracy is a US-based nonpartisan nonprofit that designs and coordinates innovative deliberative democracy programs.
The Hearth – The Hearth is an organization that trusts in the power of personal stories to heal, connect, enrich, and mobilize communities for good. It believes that in an increasingly fast-paced and fractured world, sharing stories can be a radical and deeply human practice for strengthening common values, combating loneliness, cultivating compassion, and uncovering the ties that bind us to one another.
Hello Bench – Hello Bench, a project in which people sit on question mark-shaped benches set up in downtown centers, local parks or libraries, museums, and college or corporate campuses, encourages individuals who rarely interact to engage in meaningful conversation.
Henry Clay Center – The Henry Clay Center transforms the tone of national discourse in the legacy of former Speaker of the House Henry Clay by challenging current and future leaders to honestly, critically, and intelligently reflect on matters of national significance, debate the merits of those issues, and ultimately arrive at compromises to solve problems facing the nation.
Heterodox Academy – Heterodox Academy is an advocacy group of 1,800 professors and grad students that work to counteract what it sees as the narrowing of political viewpoints on college campuses.
High Resolves – High Resolves is an organization that believes the increasingly complex challenges of our world require a generation of young people to have the intention, skills, vision, creativity, and confidence to accomplish what previous generations have failed to do: act in the long-term collective interest of humanity.
iCivics – iCivics is a gaming platform where young people learn how government works by experiencing it. They step into the role of a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist, and even the President of the United States – and do the job they do.
Inclusivv – Inclusivv is an engagement platform empowering businesses, communities, and individuals to create positive social change through small-group structured conversation. Its conversation design provides a simple framework for discussion on complex issues, helping communities and teams connect over shared experiences and common goals for a more inclusive world.
Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure – The Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure is a research center based at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that studies the civic and social role of internet platforms and advocates for approaches to digital infrastructures that treat platforms and supporting technologies as public spaces and public goods, not purely as profit-making ventures.
The Institute for Civility in Government – The Institute for Civility in Government is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is building civility in an uncivil society that all too often seems tilted toward uncivil speech and actions.
Institute for Cultural Evolution (ICE) – ICE is an “integral think tank” focusing on the cultural roots of America’s challenges. It seeks to overcome the problem of hyper-partisan polarization by evolving the political positions of both the Right and the Left according to their own values and strengths.
Intelligence Squared US – Intelligence Squared US aims to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse by providing a forum for balanced and intelligent debate that is distributed over radio, podcast, online broadcast, TV, and digital video.
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) – IFYC is a national nonprofit that equips the next generation of citizens and professionals with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership in a religiously diverse world. Partnering with higher education institutions and corporations, IFYC is dedicated to making interfaith cooperation the norm and building Interfaith America in the 21st century.
Junior State of America Foundation (JSA) – JSA was created by and for young people interested in what happens around them – from politics to how government works and contributing to their community. It serves as a place to build leadership skills, learn civil debate, and strengthen engagement through volunteering and activism.
Lead For America – Lead for America is an organization that looks for community members who prioritize humility, service, and collective impact over self-advancement, who are just as committed to developing their character as they are their careers, and who are willing to question and vigorously pursue the intersection of their talents and the world’s deep need.
Listen Courageously – Listen Courageously is an award-winning film and series of transformative virtual workshops on the power of empathic listening for improving understanding across ideological preferences, sexual orientations, skin colors, and cultural heritages.
Listen First Project – Listen First Project encourages conversations that prioritize understanding to bridge divides and mend our frayed social fabric. It catalyzes the #ListenFirst movement powered by more than 225 partner organizations, thousands of individuals, the National Conversation Project, and local chapters around the world.
Listening Inn – Listening Inn is an organization that seeks to cultivate the skill of compassionate listening by creating a support network of over a million volunteer listeners by 2025.
Living Room Conversations – Living Room Conversations is an organization that forms a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate people by providing an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree.
Lubetzky Family Foundation – The Lubetzky Family Foundation seeks to foster empathy and critical thinking to build resilient democracies and safeguard humanity. It aims to build more empathetic, respectful, reflective, and just communities fueled by the spirit of social entrepreneurship.
Made By Us – Made By Us is a group of history and civic organizations collaborating nationwide to better serve the public and join the ongoing conversation about our country's future. It pools resources and coordinates to model a new path forward for the ways history can serve the people.
Make America Dinner Again – Make America Dinner Again is a nationwide collective of local units dedicated to bridging divides through respectful small-group dinner conversations and guided activities between individuals with differing political viewpoints and America’s best interests at heart.
Make Shift Coffee House – Make Shift Coffee Houses are places where Republicans and Democrats share stories and opinions in a two-way conversation, gain understanding, build respect, find common ground, and prepare for future challenges.
Mediators Foundation – The overarching purpose of the Mediators Foundation is to prevent and reduce conflicts and promote collaboration by developing and promoting proven methods for increasing the human capacity for peaceful, creative problem-solving in ways that motivate participants to become more aware and engaged citizens.
MetaCulture Studio – MetaCulture’s educational division is committed to developing intelligent and thoughtful citizens who can sustain free and open societies. To this end, it started MetaCulture Studio, a creative laboratory and platform to advocate for greater intelligence, nuance, and subtlety in our public and private spheres.
Millions of Conversations – Millions of Conversations is a media-driven campaign designed to change existing narratives that marginalize and politicize “the other.” Starting with the predominant narrative about Muslim-Americans, it focuses on eliminating stigma in all its forms.
Move for America – Move for America is an organization that seeks to create an American democracy grounded in civic participation and mutual understanding by catalyzing a generation of young people to bridge divides and strengthen our shared understanding of differences through its fellowship program, events, and workshops.
Narrative 4 – Narrative 4 is a global organization driven by artists, shaped by educators, and led by students. Its core methodology, the story exchange, is designed to help students understand that their voices, stories, actions, and lives matter and that they have the power to change, rebuild, and revolutionize systems.
National Civic League – The mission of the National Civic League is to advance civic engagement to create equitable, thriving communities. It achieves this by inspiring, supporting, and recognizing inclusive approaches to community decision-making.
National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) – NCDD is a community and coalition of thousands of groups and professionals who bring people of all stripes together to discuss, decide, and collaborate on today's toughest issues.
The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) – NCoC is dedicated to strengthening civic life in America through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative.
National Constitution Center – A private nonprofit organization, the National Constitution Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.”
National Institute for Civil Discourse – The National Institute for Civil Discourse integrates research, practice, and policy to support and engage elected officials, the public, and the media who are working for the common good of the country while promoting civil discourse.
National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) – NIFI is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. It is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk—to deliberate about common problems.
New American Leaders – New American Leaders is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second-generation Americans to use their power and potential in elected office.
New Voice Strategies (NVS) – NVS creates, incubates, and launches projects aimed at healing divides, restoring compassion, and strengthening self-government.
News Literacy Project – The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, teaches educators how to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged, informed participants in our democracy.
Nonprofit VOTE – Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. It is the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.
North Carolina Leadership Forum (NCLF) – NCLF is a program sponsored by the Office of the Provost at Duke University, providing an opportunity for civic, business, and political leaders from across North Carolina to discuss issues central to the state.
One America Movement – The One America Movement was founded after the 2016 presidential election and launched with the support of Repair the World. They bring Americans together across racial, religious, political, and geographic divides to address pressing social problems—poverty, opioids, racial tension, and more.
OpenGov Foundation – The OpenGov Foundation is a fiercely apolitical nonprofit dedicated to serving those who serve the people in America’s legislatures. Its mission is to create a 21st century Congress where elected officials and staff can meaningfully engage at scale with those they represent.
OpenMind – OpenMind is an online program grounded in evidence-based psychology that takes users on a five-step journey that prepares them emotionally, psychologically, and practically for constructive engagement across differences.
Outreach Experts – Outreach Experts helps companies and organizations navigate that change by designing and implementing award-winning engagement programs, public education campaigns, and employee ambassador programs. It seeks to redefine how people participate in civic and political life while resetting the definition of what makes a socially responsible organization.
Over Zero – Over Zero is an organization founded as an outgrowth of Sisi ni Amani International that seeks to strengthen local violence prevention efforts through leveraging communication-based tools. Its interdisciplinary and cross-sector approach contributes to the broader field of identity-based violence prevention.
Pairagraph – Pairagraph is a platform for written dialogue between pairs of notable individuals: in essence, an online meeting place for the world’s most prominent figures across government, industry, academia, religion, and the arts. Its mission is to revive this dualistic and dialectic mode of discourse, which has fallen lately into a state of decay.
Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) – PBP is a nonprofit organization empowering people to decide together how to spend public money – primarily in the US and Canada – to deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective.
Peace Through Action USA – Peace Through Action USA activates and equips Americans to implement practical peaceful solutions to aggression and violence in their communities and our country. Its programs improve community organizations’ capacity to deliver peaceful practices to community members, increase community members' competence in peaceful practices, change norms of acceptable behavior among the public, increase social capital within communities, and uplift community spirits.
The People – The People finds common ground and takes action to create a more responsive government by addressing the root causes of government ineffectiveness and reducing the unproductive effects of the current two-party political system.
The People's Supper – The People's Supper is an organization that develops tools, resources, storytelling content, and training for individuals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives.
Perspective – Perspective is an organization that promotes personal interactions through the sharing of different viewpoints on global situations and focuses on the ability to broadcast one’s views and input to a collaborative audience that helps to facilitate present-day impactful conversations and more.
Philanthropy Bridging Divides (PBD) – PBD is a project of the Mediators Foundation that brings together senior leaders of America's major philanthropies from across the political spectrum to enhance the capacity of foundations to work together to unite, rather than divide, America.
Police 2 Peace – Police 2 Peace is an organization whose mission is to unite departments and communities around programs that uplift and heal them. As a connector and translator between sometimes opposing organizations, it helps build bridges with police services agencies of all types nationally and the citizens they serve and protect.
Policy Jury Group – Founded in 2017, the Policy Jury Group is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The programs within it engage small groups of randomly-selected "juries" of the public to aid policy decision-makers in an impactful and nonpartisan way.
POPVOX – POPVOX is a neutral, nonpartisan platform for civic engagement and governing that provides technology to inform and empower people and make government work better for everyone.
Project Divided – Project Divided works to understand political division and facilitates conversations between problem-solvers in our communities. Its work is a Gen-Z approach to politics that is about understanding how to work together to problem-solve from the local level up.
Project on Ethics in Political Communication – The Project on Ethics in Political Communication encourages students, academics, and practitioners to consider the ethical obligations of political communications professionals through resource development, events, research, and coordination with current professionals.
Public Engagement Associates – Public Engagement Associates’ mission is to help improve the quality and effectiveness of citizen engagement. It exists to help public officials and other decision-makers understand what their constituents want and need through effective strategy and dynamic engagement, as well as to help citizens by enabling their voices to be heard on issues that matter to them.
Purple America – Purple America is a national initiative of the Values-in-Action Foundation that works to reengage Americans in civil dialog and constructive social action rooted in the common ground of their shared values.
ReConsider – ReConsider’s mission is to fight political polarization and improve the quality of political discourse by providing practical discussion strategies and provocative content that challenges common narratives.
Renew America Together – Renew America Together is an organization promoting greater common ground in America by reducing partisan division and gridlock. It revitalizes public and political discourse by teaching and promoting civics, citizenship, and civility.
Renew Democracy Initiative – Renew Democracy Initiative is an organization that works to promote intellectual humility and an empathetic approach to disagreeing, debate, and progress for a stronger democracy.
Resetting the Table – Resetting the Table collaborates with strategic partners to build important communication across political silos in American life.
Resolutionaries – Resolutionaries is a nonprofit organization working to restore a national sense of commonality through respectful dialogue and discussions in cities across the United States.
Rock the Vote – Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people.
Search for Common Ground – Search for Common Ground is an organization that advocates a type of peacebuilding called conflict transformation: it looks to change the everyday interactions between groups of people in conflict, so they can work together to build up their community, choosing joint problem-solving over violence.
Seeds of Peace – Seeds of Peace works to equip exceptional youth and educators with the skills and relationships to work in solidarity across lines of difference to create more just and inclusive societies.
Someone To Tell It To – Someone To Tell It To is an organization formed from a desire to support people more deeply and give everyone someone who would listen with compassion, providing paired listening interactions and encouraging healthy levels of vulnerability and compassion to foster meaningful relationships. It also trains individuals and organizations to do the same.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute – The SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins is a multidisciplinary academic and public forum strengthening global democracy by improving and expanding civic engagement and inclusive dialogue and by supporting inquiry that leads to real-world change.
Sustained Dialogue Institute – The Sustained Dialogue Institute helps people to transform conflictual relationships and design change processes around the world. It defines dialogue as “listening deeply enough to be changed by what you learn.”
TownSquare – TownSquare is a platform that breaks the existing societal divide by providing a safe space for people to connect and interact with one another through the lens of one’s content of character as well as engage each other in civil discourse in a way that encourages empathy and understanding of opposing viewpoints.
Trust Network – Trust Network is a membership network working to build a national cohesion and peacebuilding infrastructure for the US, including an Early Warning Early Action system to prevent violence.
TurboVote – TurboVote is an application that helps Americans register to vote and request absentee ballots.
Unify America – Unify America is a nonpartisan grassroots organization committed to replacing politics with problem-solving by enabling “bubble-bursting conversations." Its vision is to coach and empower everyday Americans to participate directly in civic decision-making at all levels of government.
Unite – Unite is a national impact initiative that invests in projects that tell the stories of Americans who are "uniters," catalyzes solutions for national problems, and undertakes studies that result in fresh insights about what it will take to step into the identity of "the uniter."
United and Together – United and Together is a nonpartisan community that helps unite Americans by encouraging interactions that begin with listening to each other. It is helping people with different opinions express their viewpoints through productive discussions.
Unity Lab – Unity Lab is an organization that seeks to create cultures of purpose and belonging, and in the process, heal the great divides in our nation. Leveraging the latest research and best practices in purpose activation, social learning, psychology, and neuroscience, it serves organizations by bringing its diverse people together to activate purpose and belonging, transcend perceived boundaries, build friendships, and find common cause.
Urban Confessional – Urban Confessional is a community of individuals who stand on street corners with signs that read “Free Listening” and open their hearts to anyone who needs to laugh, cry, scream, or chat. Over the years, the community has grown to include people from all walks of life across 6 continents, over 70 countries, and 43 states.
The Village Square – The Village Square is a nonpartisan public educational forum on matters of local, state, and national importance. It is dedicated to maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political debate by growing civil discourse on divisive issues and recalling the history and principles at the foundation of our democracy.
Voice of the People (VOP) – VOP is a nonpartisan organization that re-anchors democracy in its founding principles by giving ‘We the People’ a greater role in government. VOP furthers the use of innovative methods and technology to give the American people a more effective voice in the policymaking process.
Vote.org – Vote.org uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy.
Waging Dialogue – Waging Dialogue seeks to discover a new language for empathic communication to counteract the cultural and technological forces that divide people across modern society. It facilitates challenging online conversations across political and cultural divides in the service of peaceful problem-solving, coexistence, and human understanding.
Weave: The Social Fabric Project – Weave, a project of the Aspen Institute, aims to build social trust to address the root cultural cause behind many of America’s social problems. Weave’s mission is to invite everyone to start living like a Weaver and shift our culture from one that values achievement and individual success to one that finds value in deep relationships and community success.
Welcoming America – Welcoming America is an organization that provides communities the roadmap and support they need to become more inclusive toward immigrants and all residents.
WeListen – WeListen is an organization that facilitates small-group conversations on college campuses – featuring Democratic, Republican, and independent participants – on important political topics. Conversations are designed for the purpose that participants might leave with an enhanced understanding of how individuals’ backgrounds and value systems affect how they see the world.
Western Justice Center – The Western Justice Center empowers people to strengthen their communities by growing the conflict resolution skills and capacity of youth, educators, schools, and community partners. It aims to build a healthy democracy by equipping the next generation with tools to confront, embrace the complexities of, and resolve conflicts.
When We All Vote – When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan not-for-profit that brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy – specifically the responsibility of registering and voting.
Winter Institute – The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation works in communities, organizations, and classrooms, in Mississippi and beyond, to support a movement of equity and wholeness as a pathway to ending and transcending all division and discrimination based on differences.
Worldwide Civility Council – The Worldwide Civility Council (WCC) is an umbrella organization created to help promote civility and help assist various civility organizations as appropriate.
YapPolitics – YapPolitics provides engaging, communicative, and civil political debate software for political clubs on college campuses post-COVID-19. It is the first tech-enabled platform to promote democratic engagement with live debate technology.
YOUnify – YOUnify is a nonprofit project aimed at reducing polarization and cultural divisions of all kinds to accelerate progress on solutions to the key challenges of our time.
Youthivism – Youthivism's mission is to increase youth involvement in politics and promote discussion across party lines by partnering with teachers and students to spread political education.
Learn about a variety of other organizations working in areas related to healing political divisions that do not fit into one of the previous categories.
A Starting Point – A Starting Point is a video-based civic engagement platform creating a bipartisan channel of communication and connectivity between Americans and their elected officials to create a more informed electorate.
A Year of Listening – A Year of Listening Podcast reclaims the lost art of civil, nuanced, and compassionate conversation about a variety of polarizing topics. The show helps people understand the very personal experiences guiding our beliefs, expanding our compassion and empathy for those who believe differently.
ACUI – ACUI (formerly the Association of College Unions International) is an association committed to becoming the innovative, responsive, and inclusive leader in creating progressive education, training, and research in college unions and student activities to excel in meeting member needs, impacting student learning, and enhancing campus communities.
AllSides – AllSides is strengthening our democratic society by exposing people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world and each other through balanced news coverage and media bias ratings.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences – Democracy & Justice – The American Academy of Arts and Sciences brings together leaders to examine new ideas and address issues of great importance. Its "Democracy & Justice" projects aim to strengthen American institutions and offer sound solutions to societal problems.
American Project: On the Future of Conservatism – The American Project: On the Future of Conservatism is a multi-year program of the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University propelling innovative ideas for reimagining the future of America's conservative movement.
Bright Line Watch – Bright Line Watch is an organization of political scientists who monitor democratic practices, their resilience, and potential threats to highlight the risks to our system of government.
CAA Foundation – The CAA Foundation harnesses the power and reach of the entertainment industry to create positive social change by forging strategic partnerships, encouraging volunteerism, granting financial contributions, stimulating public awareness, and providing in-kind donations.
Center for Deliberative Democracy – The Center for Deliberative Democracy, housed in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®.
Center for Effective Lawmaking – The Center for Effective Lawmaking seeks to advance the generation, communication, and use of new knowledge about the effectiveness of individual lawmakers and legislative institutions in Congress.
Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) – CEIR is an innovative nonprofit that works with election experts from around the country and from both sides of the aisle to build voter trust and confidence, increase voter participation, and improve efficiency of election administration.
Center for New Democratic Processes – The Center for New Democratic Processes is a group of international leaders in civic participation, deliberation, and engagement, driven to design the future of democracy. As a nonprofit with over four decades of experience, it partners with citizens, communities, and institutions to design and implement informed, innovative, and democratic processes to address today’s toughest challenges.
Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) – CDDRL at Stanford University is an interdisciplinary center for research on development in all of its dimensions: political, economic, social, and legal, and the ways they interact with one another.
CHQ Assembly – CHQ Assembly is the digital expression of the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit organization exploring the best in human values and the enrichment of life. This exploration takes place in an interdisciplinary and intergenerational way characterized by a unique commitment to upholding the dignity and contributions of all people.
Citizen Data – Citizen Data empowers nonpartisan, cross-partisan, bipartisan, and other groups outside of the two-party structure by providing the research, audiences, and analytics they need. Through this actionable data, Citizen Data hopes to unite Americans, bridge divides, and advance meaningful change.
Civi – Civi is an app that encourages users to engage in civil discourse with fellow users with differing viewpoints. It provides an outlet for anyone who desires to break free from their bubbles and overcome difficult divides.
Cognitive Immunology Research Collaborative (CIRCE) – CIRCE aims to advance the science of mental immunity, develop humanity's resistance to cognitive contagion, and build a world where divisive ideologies and epidemics of unreason no longer frustrate human progress.
CommonAlly – CommonAlly is an app that gives users information about issues they can later act on to achieve social progress.
The Communitarian Network – The Communitarian Network, based at George Washington University, organizes dialogues, develops position papers, conducts public meetings, and advises legislatures and community groups regarding moral and social issues important for society's well-being.
Community Initiatives Network – Community Initiatives is a network of curious and committed people advancing communities marked by a sense of belonging, stewardship, and willingness to act for the common good. These multi-stakeholder collaborations are the tip of the spear for solving our most vexing challenges – and creating the conditions for the well-being of our people and places.
Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) – The DDC is an alliance of leading organizations and scholars working in the field of public engagement, participation, and deliberation. While primarily based in North America, it is part of a global learning community dedicated to the same fundamental values and goals.
Democracy Fund – Democracy Fund works toward an open and just democracy through grant-making and philanthropy. It supports partners from across the political spectrum in pursuit of a vibrant public square, free and fair elections, effective and accountable government, and just and inclusive society.
The Democracy Group – The Democracy Group is a network of podcasts united around the goal of helping listeners understand what’s broken in our democracy and how people are working together to fix it. It is a public service dedicated to creating a more informed, civically engaged electorate.
E Pluribus Unum Fund – The E Pluribus Unum Fund brings people together across the American South around the issues of race, equity, economic opportunity, and violence, stating that cities and towns will only thrive if they find a way to unite around a common purpose with shared responsibility and opportunity.
The Factual – The Factual is a fact-checking new site that automatically analyzes how informative a story is based on a diversity of sources, factual tone of writing, author's expertise, and more.
Federation of State Humanities Councils – The Federation of State Humanities Councils is the national member association of the 55 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Its purpose is to provide leadership, advocacy, and information to help members advance programs that engage millions of citizens across diverse populations in the community and civic life.
FeelReal – FeelReal is a social platform that convenes skilled “Spaceholders” and connects them to the individuals and organizations that need their services. Rooted in the principles of restorative justice, it expands opportunities for meaningful dialogue and community-building to deepen relationships and advance the goals of inclusion, mindfulness, and social wellness within and across public and organizational settings.
Fighting to Understand – Fighting to Understand brings together diverse groups of regular people to better understand complicated topics through dialogue. Its first topic of interest considers the question, Is America Broken?
The Flip Side – The Flip Side is a news site that offers summaries of political analysis from both conservative and liberal media. Its goal is to become a news source for liberals, moderates, independents, conservatives, and the apolitical.
The Fulcrum – A project of the Bridge Alliance Education Fund, The Fulcrum is a news platform dedicated to covering efforts to fix the American political system.
GenerationNation – GenerationNation develops a new generation of civic leaders through a combination of K-12 classroom education and real-life experiences that help to narrow civic learning gaps.
The Generations Project – The Generations Project connects people across age groups, creating opportunities for everyone to take an active part in civic life. It connects passion and energy with expertise and networks, digital natives with committee member know-how.
Ground News – Ground News is a comprehensive and neutral news platform that gives users the tools to compare news by differences in headlines and summaries, source bias, time of article publishing, and source location.
HearMe.App – HearMe is an on-demand emotional wellness app that connects members to its trained volunteer listeners for instantaneous text chat anytime and anywhere. With thousands of empathetic listeners across the globe, it helps users find support, release stress, and feel better through one-on-one peer support.
How Do We Fix It? – How Do We Fix It? is a weekly podcast featuring interviews with expert guests that explores constructive, unusual theories about bettering the world.
Humility and Conviction in Public Life (HCPL) – HCPL is a research and engagement project at the University of Connecticut investigating how intellectual humility—being aware of our cognitive limitations and biases and being responsive to the evidence—can promote healthier and more meaningful public conversation.
The Institute for Citizens & Scholars – The Institute for Citizens & Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation) prepares leaders and engages networks of people and organizations to meet urgent education challenges. The overarching goal is to shape an informed, productively engaged, and hopeful citizenry.
Intentional Insights – Intentional Insights is an educational nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes science-based truth-seeking, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. It empowers people to refine and achieve their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns.
Interactivity Foundation (IF) – IF’s mission is to strengthen our democracy using a small-group discussion process to explore diverse perspectives and generate an expanding set of divergent possibilities. The abbreviation “IF” conveys its focus on possibilities and that it is always exploring “what if …?”
Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life – Tisch College studies and promotes the civic and political engagement of young people at Tufts University, as well as in our communities and our democracy. It educates students and helps them develop skills and values needed to address our most pressing social problems, studies civic life and its institutions through groundbreaking research, and promotes practices that support the efforts of individuals and communities seeking the greater good.
Kialo – Kialo is a tool to engage in thoughtful discussion, understand different points of view, and help with collaborative decision-making. It allows people to take on issues big or small, build consensus on a topic, and explore every aspect of a discussion.
Kitchen Table Democracy – Kitchen Table Democracy (formerly the Policy Consensus Initiative) – alongside its affiliated university program, the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University – creates and supports collaborative governance capacities, structures, and networks in states; offers a nationally recognized source of information on collaborative governance; demonstrates the effectiveness of collaborative, democratic-based processes; and supports and fosters state leaders who champion these approaches.
Lugar Center – The Lugar Center is a nonprofit organization serving as a platform for an informed debate on global issues such as nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, global food security, foreign assistance effectiveness, global development, energy security, and enhancing bipartisan governance.
MainStream Nation – MainStream Nation develops streaming programming and technology to empower, excite and unite Americans with entertainment and social engagement to meet the challenges of our time.
Matsunaga Institute – The Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawai'i is a multidisciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners who, through academic programs and outreach, promote cross-cultural understanding and collaborative problem-solving. It emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration to groom leaders to address contemporary and complex issues in Hawai’i, the Asia-Pacific region, and the world.
McCourtney Institute for Democracy – The McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University draws from the humanities and social sciences to examine democracy from multiple angles. It educates the next generation of democratic citizens through its Nevins Fellows program, monitors attitudes toward democracy with the Mood of the Nation poll, and hosts speakers and events that bring people from diverse backgrounds and points of view together to discuss the role of democracy in our society.
Media Roundtable – The Media Roundtable consists of media, brands, and marketers coming together to change the way we express our differences in news media and opinion journalism. Based on proactive, direct, and collaborative engagement between brands, creators, networks, and platforms, it shifts the media incentive structure away from supporting outrage, accusation, and vilification and toward fostering truth and civility in journalism.
Millennial Action Project (MAP) – MAP is an organization that works to create a political environment where bipartisan cooperation is restored as our nation’s governing paradigm, and our elected leaders work more closely together to address the challenges we face as a generation and as a nation.
Mixed Company – Mixed Company is a card game creating opportunities for expansive, enthralling, and open conversations that can only be attained by breaking out of our social bubbles and interacting with strangers from diverse ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds to hear different perspectives on pressing questions.
More in Common – More in Common is an organization that researches how people can find common ground across the political spectrum.
National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) – NAFCM is a membership association that supports peacemakers by advancing the work, wisdom, and voice of community mediators. It helps these peacemakers create safe spaces for the transformation of conflict into opportunities for engagement, resolution, and partnership through the work and will of the participants and those impacted.
National Conflict Resolution Center – The National Conflict Resolution Center’s mission is to provide the resources, training, and expertise to help people, organizations, and communities manage and solve conflicts with civility.
Neighborhood Associates – Neighborhood Associates is a nonprofit ally to affordable housing communities and their residents. It partners with civic groups, local nonprofits, researchers, developers, and property managers to advance resident-led, urban neighborhoods that are safe, green, healthy, just, prosperous, resilient, and above all, civically engaged.
Network for Responsible Public Policy (NFRPP) – NFRPP is an organization committed to credible information, which includes reliable data, facts, research, analyses, and critical thinking. Audiences are invited to engage, ask questions, draw their own conclusions, seek more stories, and help to keep our democracy dynamic and viable.
New Hampshire (NH) Listens – NH Listens is a civic engagement initiative of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. It is impartial in its mission of creating and sustaining a fair process for public engagement and partners with public officials, organizations, and leaders in all sectors to gather broad input that can lead to improved practice and policy.
NoBias – NoBias is a data-driven solution to the growing problems of content overload, media bias, and the filter bubble to help readers in a hurry avoid clickbait and find the content they need. It allows readers to be selective of what they read and be aware of other perspectives to develop their unique point of view.
On Being Project – The On Being Project is a nonprofit media and public life initiative that intersects spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts to answer questions about what it means to be human, how we want to live, and who we will be to one another.
Pantsuit Politics – A podcast hosted by two women, one liberal and one conservative, dedicated to helping listeners respectfully navigate difficult conversations about politics, democracy, and the news.
Polarization and Social Change Lab – The Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford addresses the problems of polarization and social change by researching actionable solutions sufficient to check rising polarization and incivility in the U.S. Its multidisciplinary team theorizes interventions, rigorously evaluates them with experimental and observational data, pursues partnerships with organizations to directly intervene, and disseminates findings to political leaders and the public.
Polis: Center for Politics – Polis: Center for Politics at Duke University is committed to increasing our understanding of politics locally, nationally, and globally. It promotes powerful political research, fosters rich political discourse, and helps a new generation of leaders find on-ramps to public service.
ProCon.org – ProCon.org serves as an unbiased information source for its users. It presents sourced pros and cons of debatable issues, as well as a host of reference information relevant to those issues, thoroughly researched and compiled by its research staff and editors.
Project on Civil Discourse – American University’s Project on Civil Discourse encourages and supports students in understanding speech not only as a matter of rights but of responsibilities, values, and opportunities. It works on the principle that each of us must be the architect of our own voice, choosing to use it in service of our goals and values and in a manner that contributes to our learning community.
ProjectCivAmerica – ProjectCivAmerica is an organization that promotes monthly discussions in libraries and classrooms throughout America.
Prytany – Prytany is an organization bringing together people of all political perspectives who are interested in learning about, directly engaging with, and contributing to candidates and causes across the spectrum via a quick, one-stop donation platform that connects users to political and issue advocacy campaigns of all shapes and sizes.
Society Library – The Society Library extracts arguments, claims, and evidence from various forms of media to compile databases representing ideas and arguments from all points of view, starting with the most high-impact, persistent, and polarizing issues, so they may be visualized and made freely available to the public in a library.
Spaceship Media – Spaceship Media is an organization with a mission to reduce polarization, build communities, and restore trust in journalism.
Stand Up Republic (SUR) – SUR was founded to help Americans defend democracy and the fundamental principles that have made this country the home of liberty and a source of hope for many around the world.
The Steamboat Institute – The Steamboat Institute is an educational organization created to help provide tools, information, and inspiration to those who hold the Founding Principles of the nation dear.
Strengthening American Democracy – The Brookings Institution's Strengthening American Democracy Initiative offers research and public forums to analyze six key areas: political party reinvention, electoral and primary systems, governance and institutional reforms, federalism questions, civics education, and the media industry.
The Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications – The Stubblefield Institute hopes that whatever one’s politics happen to be that they are focused on civil discourse and constructive debate in their exchange of views and opinions. The Institute’s leadership is committed to promoting and maintaining a strong set of values among its faculty and students, its guests, its financial and programmatic partners, and all who engage in the Institute’s work.
The Thread – The Thread is a weekly email packing hundreds of hours of research into a 5-minute read as part of its mission to empower individuals to think independently and inspire communities to speak collaboratively.
Two Paths America – Two Paths America is an organization helping to promote center-right solutions to some of the major issues facing our nation and to promote reasonable and proven solutions to America’s challenges.
University of Chicago Institute of Politics – The Institute of Politics, a nonpartisan, extracurricular organization at the University of Chicago, aims to inspire and cultivate the next generation of political and public service leaders. It offers students pathways to civic engagement, opportunities for service, and a home for civil discourse and free expression.
USAFacts – USAFacts is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit civic initiative that provides a data-driven portrait of the American population, the US government's finances, and government impact on society, including vital spending, revenue, demographic, and performance information.
USC Dornsife: Center for the Political Future (CPF) – The CPF combines rigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching, and practical politics to advance civil dialogue and research that transcends partisan divisions and finds solutions to pressing national and global challenges.
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy – The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy aims to advance toward that more perfect union at a time when the urgency of the political moment calls for action. Established with the core premise that the country has become disconnected from evidence and reason, the Project seeks to supplant ideology with facts by reintroducing evidence into the national conversation.
Youthquake – Youthquake is an organization that brings together middle and high school students to discuss important issues and act in their communities. Its in-school and after-school programs equip educators with curriculum, training, and resources to build a classroom community of respect and dialogue.