Organizational Profile

Everyday Democracy


Everyday Democracy works locally and nationally for a stronger and more equitable democracy. In neighborhoods, towns and cities, and regions across the country, we coach people in bringing their communities together in equitable and inclusive dialogue to make progress on some of today’s toughest public issues. From community-police relations, to racism, to education reform and more, Everyday Democracy provides discussion guides, how-to materials and advice to those who want to take on such issues and create sustained change. We also work with issue-based organizations as well as organizations in the democracy and social justice fields to advance a vision and infrastructure for national civic participation. As we mark our 25th anniversary this year, we’re honored to count more than 600 communities and several state and national organizations as our partners in strengthening democracy.

Our mission
To help communities work equitable and inclusively in order to build a strong democracy and improve the quality of life for everyone.

Our approach to change
We believe that equitable change can happen when we:

  1. Create opportunities for people, institutions, and government to work together for the common good
  2. Involve diverse groups of people so that they have opportunities to speak honestly and listen to each other
  3. Make decisions and policies that reflect everyone’s voice, particularly those who have been marginalized or excluded
  4. Share knowledge, resources, and power
  5. Recognize how structural racism has shaped our nation and our communities
  6. Use an understanding of racial equity to create equitable opportunities and outcomes
  7. Connect local change to a national movement to strengthen democracy

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Target Audience: Grants management staff, Program staff, Communications staff, Development staff, Executive staff, Donors, Advisors

Services Provided: Conferences, Resources, Training

Geographic Scope: Local, State, National

Target Organizations: Community foundation, Public foundation, Family foundation, Independent, Operating foundation

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