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Guidance for Place-Based Funders to Address Political Violence Before and After the 2020 Election

Democracy Fund
Publication date: 
October, 2020

There is escalating concern about the threat of political violence around the United States election in 2020. Research on international violence and peacebuilding reveal that a great deal can be done to prevent (and, if necessary, de-escalate) violence and increase resilience — if leaders with influence and resources are ready to face these challenges squarely now. This guide is designed to help local place-based funders invest quickly in leaders and organizations who’ve been preparing for this moment for years.

This guidance is based on the report “Building U.S. Resilience to Political Violence: A (Globally-Informed) Framework for Analysis and Action” by Dr. Nichole Argo Ben Itzhak, Rachel Brown, Heather Hurlburt, Laura Livingston, and Samantha Owens. For more information or discuss opportunities to support work like this nationally or in your region contact Nadia Firozvi ( or Josh Stearns (

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