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Are you looking for funding for your democracy and civic engagement work? Watch this video for a tour of the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy web portal (, a free, publicly available tool that provides grants information on how funders are funding nonprofits working in the democracy space.

You can find the handouts associated with this webinar recording at

Use the following bookmarks to jump to sections of interest to you:

0:00 Introduction

2:16 Why the Hewlett Foundation funded this resource

5:09 Introducing the webinar facilitator and the site

6:20 A tour of the website, starting with the homepage

6:50 Dashboard of foundation funding for U.S. democracy

7:35 Research collection

8:20 Blog on philanthropic engagement with U.S. democracy

9:39 How to use the Data Tool to research funding

11:10 Grants by topic in the charts view

13:40 Searching by issue area (Example: Civic Participation)

20:04 The benefits of narrowing your search

21:28 Searching by geography

23:46 Using the Map view

24:42 What if our scope is national?

25:20 How can I search for state-based work?

31:03 Searching by Support Strategy, such as General Support

32:18 Searching by population

32:43 The Grants tab: Who is funding whom, when, and how much?

34:23 Constellations view: Visualizing your network

38:23 Has Candid created dashboards for other issue areas?

38:59 Who is listed in the contact information for funders?

40:15 An exercise to practice researching grants by issue area and location

42:06 Email us your questions

42:39 Once I search, where do I see the list of funders?

43:55 How can I see more than bar charts?

44:21 A how-to guide

45:02 FAQs

45:30 Make sure your information is accurate


Thanks to the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation, Candid is offering this webinar free and open to the public. 

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  • Identify funders who could support your democracy-related work
  • Identify potential peers to collaborate with
  • Access relevant research and guides from organizations working on U.S. democracy efforts
  • Use the funding map to locate funders in your region (by district, city, or state)

Intended audience

  • All levels of experience
  • Fundraising & development staff
  • Grant writers
  • Nonprofit startups


Supriya Kumar Global Projects & Partnerships Research Manager Candid
Carla Bernal (she/her) Program Fellow, U.S. Democracy - William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Published Tuesday, July 27, 2021