Key Focus Area

Civic Engagement

The Opportunity

Civic engagement is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy, but faith is eroding in our political system and its ability to improve the lives of all citizens equally. The data indicates that people have lost faith in their government and don't feel their voice matters. In 2016, close to half of eligible voters did not cast a ballot.

The Parker Foundation believes that investments in education and technical skills, while certainly not sufficient, will help repair this rift and transform society for a 21st century democracy. Shifting societal norms and people's willingness to embrace new technologies that have made their lives easier and more efficient offer hope for increased civic engagement. The Parker Foundation invests in efforts to reimagine politics, elections, and policies, and reenergize people's participation in their democracy and political media.

Who We Work With

  • Brigade Media
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Beneficiaries
Code for America

Code for America builds open source technology and organizes a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.

Code

Code.org is dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation defends civil liberties in the digital world by championing user privacy, free expression and innovation.