Supporting democracy


Bohemian Foundation’s Civic Programs is designed to strengthen democracy in America by supporting organizations that work to create greater economic opportunities for all, to promote political inclusiveness and robust citizen participation, to assure government accountability and to ensure an independent and fair judiciary.

In the words of Aristotle, “If liberty and equality……are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.”

Specific Goal Areas and Examples of Potential Areas of Interest within the Goals:

Restoring, protecting and enhancing economic opportunity for all

  • Close the income and wealth gaps among all economic groups
  • Develop a skilled workforce
  • Promote a living wage for lowest income workers
  • Make college affordable for all
  • Expand early childhood education and childcare
  • Prioritize investment in American manufacturing and production
  • Support comprehensive, integrated policy reform focused on jobs, healthcare, reduced debt and retirement security

Promoting the political voice and civic engagement of all Americans

  • Open access to the ballot box
  • Enact immigration reform
  • Protect voting rights
  • Achieve campaign finance reform
  • Assure open and fair elections
  • Promote fairness in the media
  • Create and communicate concise, clear and compelling shared values

Ensuring excellence, integrity and accountability in government

  • Assure an independent, depoliticized and fair judiciary
  • Reduce the influence of money in politics
  • Bring greater balance to the political influences of individuals and corporations
  • Create an ethical, transparent and accountable government

Current grantees:

  • American Constitutional Society for Law and Policy
  • Bell Policy Center
  • Brave New Foundation
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • Colorado Center on Law & Policy
  • Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable
  • Colorado Fiscal Initiative
  • Democracy Now Productions
  • Free Press
  • Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, University of Denver: Navigator Project
  • Media Matters for America
  • ProgressNow Colorado
  • ProgressNow
  • The Roosevelt Institute
  • State Innovation Exchange
  • State Voices
  • Third Way Institute
  • Brennan Center for Justice