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 with the purpose of curating 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 in 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 to inject greater competition, and/or to provide better representation of the public. These groups’ focus includes but is not limited to promoting more independent or independent minded candidates & policymaking, establishing new third parties, advancing structural political reforms in areas such as campaign finance, redistricting, electoral/primary reform, and congressional reform, and/or advocating for 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 non-partisan 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 re-balance 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 - The Democracy Project of the Bipartisan Policy Center keeps its finger on the pulse of American government, examining trends and advancing ideas for reform in areas from public service and election administration to the inner workings of Congress.
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. Their mission is to make government efficient, effective, and accountable in order to establish a more competitive, innovative business climate in America.
Campaign Finance Institute - CFI is a think tank that focuses on campaign finance policy. A division of the National Institute on Money in Politics, it publishes recent research on the subject in academic journals and media outlets.
Campaign Legal Center - Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. focused in the areas of campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting and ethics.
Center for Election Innovation and Research - CEIR is an innovative non-profit 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 the efficiency of election administration.
Center for Political Accountability - The Center for Political Accountability is a non-partisan, non-profit 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 Responsive Politics - The Center for Responsive Politics is a nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit research group that tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress - 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 to give centrist allies the information they need to craft common sense solutions, and provide those allies the support they need to turn those ideas into results.
Change the Rules - Change the Rules is an organization seeking to reform the American political system by providing citizens with a tangible way to achieve fundamental change by being objective and “strategic.”
Common Cause - Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to creating open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) uses aggressive legal action, in-depth research, and bold communications to reduce the influence of money in politics and help foster a government that is ethical and accountable.
Defending Democracy Together - Defending Democracy Together is a 501c4 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 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 to 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 non-partisan campus-based national student organization that offers paid internships to undergraduates in order to mentor the next generation of leaders dedicated to strengthen democracy. Students organize actions and projects connecting pro-democracy reforms to various public policy issues.
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.
FairVote - FairVote is a nonpartisan organization that advances electoral reforms at the local, state, and national level through strategic research, communications and collaboration. They are 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 more 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. They analyze 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." They seek to reduce spending on political warfare, and redirect billions toward solutions that can unite a governing majority of Americans from the left to right.
Independence Party of Minnesota - The Independence Party of Minnesota is a political party grounded in core principles of direct service and accountability to the people, budgeting responsibly and deliver 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. They advocate open primaries, redistricting reform, and equity in ballot access and fundraising rules for Independent candidates.
IndependentVoting - IndependentVoting is a national strategy, communications, and organizing center working to connect and empower those who identify as independents. Their 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.
Independent Voter Project - The Independent Voter Project (“IVP”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to better informing voters about important public policy issues and to encouraging non-partisan voters to participate in the electoral process.
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 who are 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.
Let Colorado Vote - Let Colorado Vote is an organization that is dedicated to increasing voter engagement and participation in every Colorado election – regardless of party affiliation. It seeks reforms that enhance the participation, competition and transparency within democracy.
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.
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.
Mayday PAC - MAYDAY.US is a national grassroots movement to fight corruption by electing reformers on all levels of government. They have volunteers across the country who organize 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 to advancing reforms and causes to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.
National Institute on Money in State Politics - The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in Politics promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available at FollowTheMoney.org.
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. They identify top talent, help them build a winning campaign infrastructure, and provide 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. They cultivate a durable bipartisan bloc in Congress capable of pushing forward legislation and pushing back on the extremes on both sides.
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 primaries coalitions.
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.
Project on Government Oversight - Project on Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest are aimed to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.
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 work to ensure that government works for the people and not just corporate interests.
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 government to the private sector, bringing diverse perspectives to develop forward-thinking solutions.
Princeton Gerrymandering Project - Princeton Gerrymandering Project is a project based at Princeton University that 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.
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.
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 is an independent and nonpartisan initiative of the Harvard Negotiation Project and Issue One aimed at bringing legislative reform to Congress.
Represent.Us - Represent.Us is a national, nonpartisan organization that supports public education, research, online and traditional grassroots organizing to amplify the message of money-in-politics corruption and increase civic participation.
RepresentWomen - RepresentWomen is a non-partisan 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 is committed to training a diverse group of young women to run for political office on a nonpartisan basis.
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. They provide 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.
Sunlight Foundation - The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.
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.
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. They invest 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. They focus on practical solutions based on common sense and common ground.
Uniters.org - Uniters.org aims to build a two-branched organization, coupling an online political blog, community information and resources hub with an offline network of grassroots groups of centrist independents and political moderates, on the ground, in cities across the United States.
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 Ballot Committee - 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 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 how to reshape 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, non-profit 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. They aim 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 non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that creates ideas to improve 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 helps people see common sense solutions.
Niskanen Center - The Niskanen Center is a nonpartisan think tank that works to promote 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.
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. They do this by helping countries, their people and their governments address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today.
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.
ActiVote - ActiVote works to empower all Americans to be active in democracy by helping voters create the habit of voting. They provide 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. They envision 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 for Civic Engagement - The American Democracy Project (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 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 in turn help both adults and students realize more unites them than divides them.
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. They organize 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, exists to cultivate informed voters and active citizens. They do 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.
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.
BridgeUSA - BridgeUSA believes that good governance starts with constructive political discussion. Their 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.
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.
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 - Campus Vote Project (CVP), an initiative of Fair Elections, works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Their 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 Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) - CIRCLE focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.
Center for Technology and Civic Life - CTCL is a nonpartisan non-profit 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.
The Chisel - The Chisel is an organization that offers citizens a unique platform to engage in public policy-making with experts from nonpartisan organizations and bipartisan coalitions.
Citizen University - Citizen University is an organization building a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship across the country. They envision 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.
Civic Health Project - Civic Health Project is a fiscal project of 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, they support initiatives that empower Americans to reject tribal partisanship and come together to solve the nation’s greatest challenges.
Civic Nation - Civic Nation uses organizing, engagement and public awareness to address some of the nation's most pressing challenges. They work with public and private partners to inspire, educate and activate people around the issues that are important to our country.
Civic Signals - Civic Signals is a project of the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas, Austin and the National Conference on Citizenship that seeks to inspire and connect designers and technologists to build more flourishing, public-friendly digital spaces.
Civil Politics - Civil Politics is a non-profit organization run by a group of academics whose expertise lies in the use of data to understand moral psychology. Their mission is to serve groups and individuals who are trying to bridge moral divisions by connecting them with scientific research in this domain.
Civil Society Institute - Civic Nation uses organizing, engagement and public awareness to address some of the nation's most pressing challenges. They work with public and private partners to inspire, educate and activate people around the issues that are important to our country.
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 they work 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 trainings 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. Their singular focus is bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.
Common Ground Solutions - 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.
Congressional Management Foundation - The Congressional Management Foundation (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 in order to resolve them.
Convergence - Convergence is a non-profit organization focused on solving social challenges through collaboration. They bring deep knowledge of policy and process and work with leaders and doers to move past divergent views to identify workable solutions to seemingly intractable issues.
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, non-profit organizations, and residents to both promote and support constructive and broad-based civic involvement in decisions that affect people where they live and work.
Democracy Works - Democracy Works connects with colleges and universities, election officials, peer institutions, and corporate and nonprofit partners to achieve make voting easier by tackling issues such as lack of time, registration problems, and inconvenient polling places.
Essential Partners - Essential Partner's mission 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 and 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.
Foundation for Civic Leadership - The Foundation for Civic Leadership is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the next generation of global citizens. They work with partners to identify gaps in the field, incubate new scalable projects to help fill them, and support those projects in becoming independent and sustainable.
Generation Citizen - Generation Citizen (GC) works to ensure that all students in the United States receives 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 with the goal of meeting 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 - The mission of the Harvard Negotiation Project (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.
Healthy Democracy - Healthy Democracy is a US-based nonpartisan nonprofit that designs and coordinates innovative deliberative democracy programs.
Heterodox Academy - Heterodox Academy is an advocacy group of 1,800 professors and grad students that work to counteract what they see as narrowing of political viewpoints on college campuses.
High Resolves - High Resolves is an organization that believe 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, even the President of the United States - and do the job they do.
Inspire U.S. - Inspire U.S. is a nonprofit organization and is strictly nonpartisan. They support high schools in planning and conducting student peer-to-peer voter registration activities, and guide them to engage with elected officials at the local, state and national level.
The Institute for Civility in Government - The Institute for Civility in Government is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-profit organization that is building civility in an uncivil society that all too often seems tilted toward uncivil speech and actions.
Institute for Cultural Evolution - The Institute for Cultural Evolution (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.
Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure (UMass) - The Institute 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.
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.
Jefferson Center - The Jefferson Center is compiled of international leaders in civic participation, deliberation, and engagement, driven to design the future of democracy. They partner with citizens, communities, and institutions to design and implement informed, innovative, and democratic solutions to today’s toughest challenges.
Junior State of America Foundation - The Junior State of America (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.
Listen First Project - Listen First Project encourages conversations that prioritize understanding to bridge divides and mend our frayed social fabric. They catalyze the #ListenFirst movement powered by more than 225 partner organizations, thousands of individuals, National Conversation Project, and local chapters around the world.
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.
Made By Us - Made By Us is a group of history and civic organizations collaborating across the country in order to better serve the public and join the ongoing conversation about the future of our country. It pools resources and coordinates in order to model a new path forward for the ways in which history can serve the people.
Mediators Foundation - The overarching purpose of 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.
National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation - 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 - The National Conference on Citizenship (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 Issues Forums - National Issues Forums (NIF) 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.
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 media who are working for the common good of the country while promoting civil discourse.
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.
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 are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.
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. Their 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.
Participatory Budgeting Project - The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers 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.
Pluribus Project - The Pluribus Project, a special initiative with the Aspen Institute, seeks to cultivate the political power for the general public by leveraging the unique and unprecedented opportunities for innovation that are available at this moment of profound social, demographic and technological change.
Policy Jury Group - The Policy Jury Group was founded in 2017 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization. The programs within it engage small groups of randomly-selected "juries" of the public to aid policy decision-makers in an impactful and non-partisan 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.
Purple America - Purple America is a national initiative of Values-in-Action Foundation that works to re-engage Americans in civil dialog and constructive social action rooted in the common ground of their shared values.
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.
Rock the Vote - Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute - The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare.
Turbovote - TurboVote is an application that helps Americans register to vote and request absentee ballots.
Unite - Unite is a national impact initiative that invests in projects that tell the stories of Americans who are "uniters," catalyze solutions for national problems, and undertake studies that result in fresh insights about what it will take to step into the identity of "the uniter."
The Village Square - The Village Square is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance. They are 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- Voice of the People (VOP) is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to re-anchor 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.
Welcoming America - Welcoming America is an organization that provides the roadmap and support they need to become more inclusive toward immigrants and all residents.
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.
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 that seeks to create a bipartisan channel of communication and connectivity between Americans and their elected officials with the goal of creating a more informed electorate.
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 to propel innovative ideas for reimagining the future of America's conservative movement.
Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership - The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program seeks to enhance our democracy by helping America’s brightest young leaders achieve their fullest potential in public service.
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.
Cato Institute: Prospects for Liberal Democracy - Cato Institute’s Prospects for Liberal Democracy aims to discuss the future of liberal democracy in the U.S. with featured activists, academics, and political leaders across the spectrum. This effort will create a broad-based effort to defend, improve, and reform liberal institutions, and mitigate the growing threat of populism by responsiveness to the ever changing political climate.
Center for American Progress: Project on Generational Change and American Democracy - The Center for American Progress’ Project on Generational Change and American Democracy will establish the facts about Millennial/Post-Millennial generational size, and its inclinations and relation to democracy and populism. It will also project the effects of these new generations on future public opinion and voting behavior.
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 on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law - The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (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 in which they interact with one another.
Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) - The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (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, they are part of a global learning community dedicated to the same fundamental values and goals.
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 common purpose with shared responsibility and opportunity.
Federation of State Humanities Councils - Federation of State Humanities Councils is the national member association of the 55 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Their purpose is to provide leadership, advocacy, and information to help members advance programs that engage millions of citizens across diverse populations in community and civic life.
The Fulcrum - The Fulcrum is an upcoming news platform dedicated to covering efforts to fix the American political system. It is set to launch in the coming month.
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.
Lugar Center - The Lugar Center a nonprofit organization that serves as platform for an informed debate on global issues such as nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, global food security, foreign assistance effectiveness and global development, energy security, and enhancing bipartisan governance.
Millennial Action Project - Millennial Action Project (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.
More in Common - More in Common is an organization that conducts research to find how people can find common ground across the political spectrum.
Protect Democracy - Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to prevent democracy from declining into an authoritarian form of government by holding the President and the Executive Branch accountable to the laws and longstanding practices that have protected our democracy in the past.
Stand Up Republic - Stand Up Republic (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.
Strengthening American Democracy (Brookings Institution) - The 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.
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.