Piper Fund

In Brief:

An initiative of the Proteus Fund that works to build more strategic and effective money in politics and fair courts fields by supporting advocacy campaigns at the state and municipal level, building the field's communications capacity, and engaging new constituencies to build a broad, impactful movement. Piper is also actively involved as a core partner to Victory 2021 Plan, which provides a roadmap to bring the money in politics field into greater alignment and raise significant resources to support concrete wins by 2021.

Piper Fund is a grant-making organization created in the wake of the Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.

Piper’s grant-making priorities include:

  • Supporting state-based, regional, and national networks to build a broader, more robust cross-sectoral money in politics reform movement;
  • Enhancing communications capacity of the money in politics field through the Collaborative Communications Initiative at ReThink Media;
  • Advancing public financing at the state and municipal levels, and defending existing programs; and
  • Building and improving infrastructure to support state coalition efforts to significantly curb the influence of special interest, ideological, and corporate money on courts through the Judicial Independence Project.

In order to build a more robust money in politics movement to address these issues, to date, Piper Fund has awarded more than $27 million in grants to support state level organizations addressing money in politics and fair courts, and national organizations working to grow and diversify the reform movement. Piper’s grantmaking has grown from $1.1 million in 2010 to over $4 million in 2014; it has grown from 19 to 32 funding partners; and it is now engaging the field both nationally and in 17 states.

Piper is an integral part of the DA’s Victory 2021 Plan, which aims to support campaign finance reform and combat the disproportionate and democracy eroding influence of money in politics.