How we’re funded

Transparency is a core value at Decode Democracy. Just as you have the right to know who is influencing your government, we believe that our stakeholders have a right to know who supports our work.

Institutional Funders

We are deeply grateful to the foundations that enable us to serve the public good.
The following foundations have awarded grants to MapLight, the parent organization of Decode Democracy, over the past five fiscal years:

  • Beall Family Foundation
  • Blue Haven Initiative
  • Bright Horizon Fund
  • Cow Hollow Fund
  • Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • DiPaola Foundation
  • Edwards Family Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Fredricksen Green Foundation Fund
  • FThree Foundation
  • Gaia Fund
  • Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
  • Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
  • Grant Me The Wisdom Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation
  • Kaphan Foundation
  • The Reva and David Logan Foundation
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Park Foundation
  • The Pick One Fund
  • Piper Action Fund, a Proteus Action League initiative
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • WhyNot Initiative
  • Zero1derful Foundation, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Individual Funders

A number of individuals have made large personal donations in support of our work for a better democracy. We want to recognize their generosity here and invite you to join their proud ranks. The following individuals have donated $5,000 or more to MapLight, the parent organization of Decode Democracy, over the past five fiscal years:

  • Laura and John Arnold
  • Matt and Cindy Cutts
  • Ranae DeSantis
  • James Heerwagen and Hilary Schneider
  • Larry Hitchon
  • John R. Koza
  • Craig Newmark
  • O’Farrell-Principe Family
  • Alvin W. Smith
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Our Tax Status / Financials

Decode Democracy is part of MapLight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Tax ID number is 33-1094233.

In the spirit of transparency, we make our audited financial statements available here as well as our federal tax returns.

MapLight’s fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30.

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