About Us

Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan, anti-authoritarianism group.

Protect Democracy is a cross-ideological non-profit group dedicated to defeating the authoritarian threat, building more resilient democratic institutions, and protecting our freedom and liberal democracy. Our experts and advocates use litigation, legislative and communications strategies, technology, research, and analysis to stand up for free and fair elections, the rule of law, fact-based debate, and a better democracy for future generations.

Who we are

Who we are

We use diverse expertise and a wide variety of tools to protect our democracy.

mission statement

Our mission is to prevent our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government.

Our Strategy

Our strategy

We work to preserve democracy with a unified and cross-ideological strategy, rooted in expertise.

In a democracy, the people are the ultimate check on power. Protect Democracy’s central argument is that institutions don’t protect themselves; people have to be activated to use the tools the system provides. In a timely metaphor, the group’s leaders compare authoritarianism to a virus sweeping the globe: first you treat the patient by activating the body’s immune system to fight off the illness; over time, you formulate a vaccine to provide immunity in the future.

Molly Ball, National Political Correspondent, Time Magazine

Building towards a thriving democracy for the next generation where….

Elections are free, fair, and trusted.

Checks & balances protect us and our government from tyrannical overreach.

Facts and honest disagreement, not disinformation, shape public opinion.

We're back on the path to a truly free, pluralist, multi-racial democracy.

501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4)

What is the relationship between Protect Democracy Project and United to Protect Democracy?

Protect Democracy refers jointly to the work of sister organizations that share a common mission and vision. Together they form a cross-ideological effort dedicated to defeating the authoritarian threat, building more resilient democratic institutions, and protecting our freedom and liberal democracy.

United to Protect Democracy: United to Protect Democracy is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization focusing on advocacy efforts to confront threats to our democracy. While not tax deductible, gifts to United to Protect Democracy allow us the greatest flexibility in our work as in addition to funding litigation, public communications and organizing efforts, these gifts also enable us to advocate and lobby in legislatures at the federal and local level to strengthen and defend our democracy.

Protect Democracy Project: Protect Democracy Project is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides public education about threats to democratic norms and institutions and how the American people can best confront them. It advances its educational mission through research, analysis, technology, and litigation to stand up for free and fair elections, the rule of law, fact-based debate, and a better democracy for future generations. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible gift, we encourage you to support Protect Democracy Project. 

IRS Form 990 reports