Connect U.S. Fund

Advancing a Vision for Responsible U.S. Global Engagement

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Connect US seeks to advance a vision for responsible U.S. global engagement in an increasingly interdependent world. Supported by a donors’ collaborative and managed by Tides, Connect US is a community of individuals, initiatives, and organizations working on foreign policy issues.

Founded in 2003, six funding partners now play a key role—Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, Ploughshares Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Connect US community shares the conviction that the United States must address critical global issues—such as climate change, nuclear proliferation, poverty, and regional stability—by working closely and with the support of friends, allies, and other major stakeholders in the international community in a responsible manner.

Tides provides the grantmaking and administrative infrastructure for the program staff of Connect US. The direct grant program supports initiatives looking to impact policy debates and to help create an effective network between advocates with a common global mission. Through the convening of stakeholders, its website and newsletter, and other means, Connect US serves as a source of information on critical policy issues and on the activities of grantees and other advocates.

The project also seeks to help foreign policy advocates meet policy goals through the application of network-centric strategies—harnessing advancements in communication technology, new thinking in resource mobilization, and best practices in collaborative initiatives to help participants coordinate, prioritize, and collaborate on U.S. foreign policy reform.

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