Democracy & Power
Innovation Fund

Our theory of everything at the DPI Fund is that for our country to have a progressive multiracial democracy we need to build and sustain organized power.

The DPI Approach

Our Goal

MULTIRACIAL
DEMOCRACY

We work with our community of organizers, researchers, and funding partners to support state-based work to promote and sustain multiracial democratic practice.

Our Approach

BASE-BUILDING
ORGANIZING

We believe that base-building organizing driven by state-based containers of collective action is the core strategy that drives multiracial democratic practice.  

Our Impact

IMPROVING STRATEGY &
PRACTICE TO WIN CHANGE

We co-create and support research and innovative programs to improve organizing strategy and practice that wins change for our families and communities.

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The DPI Fund supports groundbreaking research related to organizing strategy and practice, understanding and measuring power, and values and identities within communities of color. We co-create our research projects with our organizing partners and research leads, ensure that organizing partners are driving research goals and strategy, and create opportunities for practitioners across organizations to learn from each other.

Examples of Current Research
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Newsletters
2023 DPI Annual Letter
The March 2023 DPI Annual Letter provides a summary of our goals, perspectives, and key learnings from 2022. Check it out!
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Videos
From Political Cynicism to BIPOC Political Power
DPI Fund partners Katrina Gamble of Sojourn Strategies, Jess Morales Rocketto of EquisLabs, Nse Ufot, and Terrance Woodbury of HIT Strategies presented at SXSW about how political cynicism threatens political power in young people and BIPOC communities.
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Newsletters
Power Metrics Memo Executive Summary
This report includes several case studies of groups innovating, tracking, and learning from new metrics to improve their power-building practice, along with recommendations for organizing and funding practitioners on measuring power
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February 12, 2024
Surfacing Missing Voters
This report documents the ways that Black, Latino, and AAPI individuals and communities are systematically ignored by current digital and technological systems of voter engagement.
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September 5, 2023
Power Metrics: Measuring What Matters to Build a Multiracial Democracy
This report outlines a framework developed by groups in the DPI Organizing Lab to identify and measure strategies that wield power using the data organizations collect and analyze in their day-to-day work.
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May 1, 2023
Surveying the Landscape of Data Integration for State and Local Organizing Group
This report documents the challenges base-building groups face with the current set of movement tech tools and suggests some systemic solutions.
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April 10, 2023
Black Values National Survey and Cluster Analysis Briefing
In this video, The DPI Fund, HIT Strategies, and Sojourn Strategist discuss the Black Values National Survey designed to understand the various values and political identities that drive Black civic engagement.
Member Spotlight
We have found courage in each other as co-conspirators working to challenge a system that has left us out for too long. Thank you to the DPI team for believing in us and our power to drive change. This is real.
Alejandra Gomez
Arizona Center for Empowerment

2023 ANNUAL CONVENING

October 4 - 5, 2023  | 12:30 - 5:00 pm ET
On October 4-5, 2023, we hosted a two-day convening where we shared our latest research findings and strategized together around ways to implement these learnings to support powerful organizing and civic engagement programs across the country in the lead up to 2024!
october 4, 2023
Day 1: Shifting the Political Paradigm
This opening panel will explore the challenges of our current political paradigm, where politics is extractive, transactional, and driven by political operatives in NY or DC, how that political “common sense” undermines multiracial democratic practice, and what we can do together to create and realize a new paradigm where the political system builds power in Black, Latino, AAPI, and Native communities that they can use collectively to win change.
october 5, 2023
Day 2: Narrative, Agency & Belonging
We all know that organized, collective action is a critical strategy for winning change. And we have learned that perceptions of power are critical building blocks for political action. But what are the factors that help members join and stay connected to base-building organizations and see those organizations as “political homes” that operate as containers for building power for collective action? This panel will discuss the role that narrative, agency and belonging play in the work to build and sustain powerful political movements and how those insights can translate into impact.

news + media

See the latest news and media events from DPI community members
NPR
Organizers in Ohio work to engage ‘rightfully cynical’ Black voters
Prentiss Haney, Co-Executive Director of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, featured on NPR’s Here and Now podcast, discusses the impact of Black voters in the November 2023 special election in Ohio.
Roland Martin Unfiltered
DPI Analyst Miriam McKinney Gray on Roland Martin
DPI Analyst Miriam McKinney Gray was on Roland Martin discussing her research on the millions of Black and Latino voters who are missing or mislisted in the voter file. Miriam’s segment begins around the 53-minute mark.
Newsweek
Building the Movement to Expand Voting Rights
On Op-Ed in Newsweek from organizers from OLE and ISAIAH on strategies for effective civic engagement outreach to formerly incarcerated people.

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