Launched in fall 2019, Tides Healthy Democracy Fund (HDF) is a charitable fund that partners with social justice donor networks and movement leaders to foster a healthier, more inclusive, and more reflective democracy.
The primary purpose of the fund is two-fold: 1) Close the voter turnout gap, and 2) Defend the voting rights of communities of color, young voters, and the economically disadvantaged.
Our grantmaking supports national movements and targeted local campaigns through more than 50 organizations that:
- Build community power and local leadership
- Drive voter turnout and voter education
- Protect election integrity and help dismantle voter suppression
- Create momentum for stronger pro-voter policies
In 2020, HDF achieved an impressive goal: Expand the electorate by supporting efforts that drove voter turnout of underrepresented communities—especially communities of color and young voters—with one of the highest turnout rates in American history.
This is not the end of our work but rather the beginning. Donate to the Healthy Democracy Fund to help create a democracy that is more reflective and representative of underrepresented groups—giving them greater voice and agency on the issues that affect their everyday lives.
Our Work Continues: Building More Community Power and Participation
Amidst a global pandemic, an economic crisis, racial justice uprisings, and climate chaos, Americans turned out in record numbers for the 2020 election. To build on this momentum, HDF is continuing to partner with, and prioritizing funding for, often-overlooked community groups—including those with strong women, youth, and BIPOC leadership. The goal is to continue to support their enormous impact in key strategic areas: voter education and turnout, voter protection, election integrity, and year-round organizing.
With the support of our partners, donors, and grantees, HDF has already made tremendous progress in the areas above, but there is so much more work to be done to create lasting, sustainable change.
The Tides Healthy Democracy Fund continues to partner with social justice donor networks and movement leaders to find sustainable solutions to the pressing actions inflicting our democracy in 2021 and beyond. In strategic locations across the country, we’re working to:
1 | Build the enduring strength of community-led, multi-issue civic engagement groups so they can break free from the boom-and-bust cycles of election-year funding and achieve lasting gains in power and representation for their communities.
“The boom-and-bust cycle of funding for civic engagement affects our ability to run programs. We need unrestricted, multiyear support to focus on our mission and better plan for long-term goals.”
Ray Murphy, Deputy Director, Pennsylvania Voice
2 | Go on the offense to protect and advance pro-voter reforms in states where gains are possible while defending against a wave of voter suppression laws targeting people of color, young voters, and other groups.
“In the wake of people exercising their power in record numbers in 2020, we are seeing governments create oppressive policies to restrict voting access. Off-cycle funding is critical to our efforts to organize and build power in support of a racially just and accessible democracy.”
Ashley Marshall, Deputy Director, Forward Justice
3 | Ensure a fair redistricting process following the 2020 census by fighting partisan gerrymandering and ensuring that district lines are drawn in ways that protect the power of communities of color and other underrepresented groups.
“Many people of color do not see the government or the process working for them. Fair redistricting can foster greater participation, increase trust, and ensure that public officials better represent communities’ interests.”
Cathay Duvall, Initiative Manager, Fair Representation in Redistricting
4 | Counter disinformation campaigns that seek to sow division, create uncertainty and doubt, and reduce support for policies that can help all communities thrive.
“The current policy environment provides a unique opportunity to change the systems that encourage the spread of disinformation and build resiliency to disinformation in our communities. We need to take advantage of this moment.”
Amber French, Executive Director, Media Democracy Fund/Disinformation Defense League
Learn more about the Healthy Democracy Fund’s accomplishments:
With your support and the mobilization of community-based organizations, we’re creating a shift in government toward representation of the majority of Americans. Join our fight today to promote a healthy democracy and voter participation by supporting this fund.
Tides looks forward to partnering with you in the months and years ahead. Email us at [email protected] to learn more.