BROOKLYN, New York – Democracy Works announced on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, that it has received an unrestricted gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Provided through her charitable fund Yield Giving, Scott’s gift is the largest single donation Democracy Works has received.
“We are honored by and grateful for this generous donation,” Democracy Works CEO Luis Lozada said. “MacKenzie Scott’s support is a validation of the commitment of our staff, Board, and partners, and their impact on voters and election officials. This investment sets a strong foundation for Democracy Works to continue to innovate and support our democracy through the 2024 election cycle and beyond.”
Democracy Works was selected through Yield Giving’s “Quiet Research” process, in which it independently identifies and evaluates organizations through careful analysis of criteria specific to their size, geography, and mission for indicators of high potential for sustained positive impact. Scott has donated more than $14 billion to over 1,600 nonprofit organizations, and Democracy Works is honored to be among these leading nonprofits.
More than 15 million Americans receive voting information and election guidance from Democracy Works through its voter engagement platform, TurboVote.
Democracy Works Elections Data has been viewed by voters more than a billion times thanks to partnerships with leading search engines, social media platforms, and world-class partners. This includes polling location information provided and verified by election officials through the Voting Information Project.
In a commitment to help voters safely navigate the first elections in the generative AI era, Democracy Works has launched an Elections API to make its trusted elections and voting data more widely available to developers for the first time.
Another Democracy Works tool, Ballot Scout, allows voters and election officials to track mail-in ballots, adding confidence and transparency to the vote-by-mail process. Alongside the CAA Foundation, Democracy Works also co-founded the Civic Alliance, a nonpartisan coalition of businesses committed to a thriving democracy.