Proteus Fund

For Support Of More Equitable Democracy, A New Project To Support Alternative Electoral Systems

  • Amount
    $400,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    2/28/2018
  • Term
    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
American government’s first-past-the-post, single-member district system has been identified by political scientists and others as a major contributing factor to political polarization. Traditional democracy groups, however, have had limited success with building strong coalitions, particularly with communities of color, to advance impactful reforms such as preferential voting and proportional representation. "More Equitable Democracy" will focus on building support and identifying champions in communities of color and among young people, while providing technical assistance and funding to local and state-based electoral reform efforts. This will play an important role in catalyzing broad-based coalitions that can educate voters on future policy reform campaigns.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.proteusfund.org 
Address
15 Research Drive Suite B
Amherst, MA 01002
Grants to this Grantee
for support of More Equitable Democracy, a new project to support alternative electoral systems  
The predominant electoral system in the United States, first-past-the-post, createstremendous barriers to equitable representation for communities of color. Under thefederal Voting Rights Act, the main remedy in cases related to redistricting is thecreation of the so-called "majority minority" district, which is only possible withracial segregation. The solution is a shift toward proportional representation: thecombination of ranked choice voting and multimember districts. More EquitableDemocracy, a fiscally sponsored project of Proteus Fund, works with people of color-led organizations that advance proportional representation through public education, research, litigation, and policy advocacy at the state and local levels.
for the Transparency and Accountability Initiative  
The Transparency and Accountability Initiative, hosted by Proteus Fund, is a donor collaborative that coordinates research and exchange among transparency and accountability donors. This grant will support implementation of a new three-year strategy to increase members’ collective impact by facilitating collective action around four streams of work: (a) data use for accountability, (b) taxation and tax governance, (c) strengthening civic space, and (d) learning for improved grantmaking.

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