About Fair Representation in Redistricting

Putting more equitable distribution of political power on the map

During the 2021-22 redistricting cycle, Fair Representation in Redistricting brought together over 75 funders, raising more than $55 million, to support more than 325 nonprofit groups in 23 states.

Fair Representation in Redistricting (FRR) is a funder collaborative established to support communities of color and other underrepresented people to engage fully and fairly in redistricting processes, creating maps that accurately represent their communities. FRR works to: (1) secure fairer district maps; (2) advance policies that will make future redistricting processes more transparent and inclusive and that will prioritize keeping communities of interest together; and (3) continue building power and infrastructure in communities of color so that their leadership informs not just redistricting efforts, but other civic engagement work such as voter engagement and census equity.  

Funders engaged with the FRR collaborative make grants directly to organizations and projects aligned with the FRR Plan of Action or to a pooled fund at New Venture Fund through which resources are deployed to fill gaps and meet urgent needs.

Structure and governance

Fair Representation in Redistricting is a hosted project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial management, compliance oversight, and grants and contracts management.

A group of 19 foundations, the Redistricting Advisory Committee (RAC), oversees the initiative and recommends grantmaking by the funder collaborative. RAC members include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bernard & Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust, California Community Foundation, Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Grove Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, New York Community Trust, Open Society Foundations, Resilient Democracy Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, State Infrastructure Fund, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.

Guiding principles

Fair Representation in Redistricting’s work is shaped by core principles and values:

Fair Representation in Redistricting Plan of Action (2023 – 2028)

FRR’s Plan of Action for the next six-year is is informed by feedback from redistricting stakeholders and funders, including an independent assessment of FRR. (The Plan will be updated in 2028 to extend through the next redistricting cycle.)

1. Ongoing Redistricting Work

There is urgent work to be done to achieve fairer maps now and in the near future, which will directly impact communities’ ability to secure representation and resources:

2. Policy Research, Reforms, and Advocacy

It is crucial that we act now, well in advance of the next redistricting cycle, to establish policies that ensure the map drawing process is open, inclusive, and transparent.

3. Technical Assistance and Infrastructure

Maintaining local and state infrastructure will be critical to leverage momentum from the 2021-22 cycle and further integrate redistricting into groups’ ongoing power building and civic engagement activities.