Key Focus Area

Civic Engagement

The Opportunity

Civic engagement is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy, but faith is eroding in our political system and its ability to improve the lives of all citizens equally. The data indicates that people have lost faith in their government and don't feel their voice matters. In 2016, close to half of eligible voters did not cast a ballot.

The Parker Foundation believes that investments in education and technical skills, while certainly not sufficient, will help repair this rift and transform society for a 21st century democracy. Shifting societal norms and people's willingness to embrace new technologies that have made their lives easier and more efficient offer hope for increased civic engagement. The Parker Foundation invests in efforts to reimagine politics, elections, and policies, and reenergize people's participation in their democracy and political media.