Friday, December 18, 2015
Rita Allen Foundation Announces More Than $1.1 Million in Grants to Promote Early-Stage Approaches in Government and Journalism
Thanks to the growing use of digital technologies, people everywhere now have access to a spectacular wealth of information. New technologies also hold untapped potential to broaden access to government, scientific research and other knowledge. Civic tech innovators are building tools to help open up policymaking, budgeting and voter information to more citizens; and a unique nonprofit tech accelerator is helping more of these efforts to flourish. New models of journalism are forging links between readers and reporters, as well as bringing expert analysis to general audiences through stimulating news stories.
Recent grants from the Rita Allen Foundation provide more than $1.1 million in support of emerging efforts to expand opportunities for civic participation and knowledge sharing.
“We are inspired by the bold vision and dedication of social entrepreneurs who pioneer new applications of technology to benefit society,” said Elizabeth Good Christopherson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rita Allen Foundation. “By supporting these early-stage endeavors, the Rita Allen Foundation is investing in creative solutions to strengthen democracy through public understanding and engagement.”
Learn more about the grantees on the full press release.