The Future of American Democracy Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation dedicated to research and education. The mission of the Foundation is to renew and sustain the historic vision of democracy that has unified Americans throughout the nations history and to stimulate historically informed analysis and debate on contemporary public policy issues. The Foundation seeks to enable the American public and public policy thinkers throughout the country to have a direct impact on public policy debate and action.
A distinguished group of scholars and experts serves as the Foundations officers and as members of the Foundations Board of Advisors, including Jonathan Brent (Editorial Director of Yale University Press), John Donatich (Director, Yale University Press), Fredrica S. Friedman (President of Fredrica S. Friedman & Co., Inc.), Norton Garfinkle (Chair of the Foundation), William R. Griffith (Reed Smith LLP), Richard D. Heffner (Host, The Open Mind), Thomas E. Mann (The Brookings Institution), Norman Ornstein (American Enterprise Institute), Hugh Price (Former President of the National Urban League), Jeffrey Rosen (George Washington University), Ian Shapiro (Sterling Professor and Director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies), Alan Wolfe (Boston College), Ruth A. Wooden (President, Public Agenda) and Daniel Yankelovich (Chairman, Public Agenda).
Together with Yale University Press, the Foundation sponsors the Future of American Democracy series of books by some of Americas foremost thinkers. The books in the series present a new, balanced, centrist approach to examining the challenges American democracy has faced in the past and must overcome in the years ahead. The first five books in the series were published in 2006 and 2007.
Norton Garfinkle & Dan Yankelovich, Editors, Uniting America: Restoring the Vital Center to American Democracy
Daniel Yankelovich, Profit with Honor: The New Stage of Market Capitalism
Alan Wolfe, Does American Democracy Still Work?
Norton Garfinkle, The American Dream vs. The Gospel of Wealth:
The Fight for a Productive Middle-Class Economy
Reed Hundt, In China's Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship
A major objective of the Foundation is to bring Americas vast informational resources to bear more fully on contemporary policy debate. The Foundation acts as a unique clearing-house for public policy and public opinion research with the objective of disseminating this work to a broad audience of policymakers, legislators, the media, and concerned citizens.
The Foundation supports research into the full range of public policy issues, from taxation, Social Security, and health care, to American culture, U.S. foreign policy, and the effort to spread democracy internationally. Foundation plans include support for the publication of additional Yale University Press books and sponsorship of lectures under the auspices of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.
The Foundation has identified 3 major subject areas to be covered by books and lectures in partnership with Yale University and Yale University Press. In addition, the Foundation is planning television programming to cover these major subjects.
Click onto Project Areas to find a detailed description of the specific subjects covered under each of these general descriptions.
In both its research and education efforts, the Foundation is committed to applying the highest standards of scholarship in a balanced, nonpartisan fashion in the expectation that careful and fair-minded analysis of public policy issues will enable the American public to move beyond the partisan approaches seen in recent years and secure sensible, centrist solutions to our policy challenges.