The Democratic Socialists of America Fund is a 501(c)3 fund devoted to public education and outreach about democratic socialism. The DSA Fund endeavors to demonstrate how an awareness of social democratic and democratic socialist values and policies would strengthen the quality of policy debates in the U.S. The Fund also works to introduce young activists to the history and traditions of democratic socialism.
Promotes greater public understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of democratic socialism in the United States and the world and greater public understanding of the achievements of individual democratic socialists and institutions with a democratic socialist tradition
Makes foreign democratic socialists aware of the history and traditions of democratic socialism in the United States
Provides a forum for democratic socialists to meet and exchange ideas on the nature of democratic socialism
Encourages democratic socialists to study and analyze American society and its institutions and to make the results of such studies known to the public
Makes grants to the national organization of Democratic Socialists of America for its educational work, especially among young people
Publishes educational material and develops video and audio material about democratic socialism
Solicits tax-deductible donations for the work of the Fund
Conducts training programs both to educate participants about democratic socialism and to enable participants to educate others
The Democratic Socialists of America Fund was originally established in 1978 as the Institute for Democratic Socialism (IDS). Michael Harrington, who became famous for his 1962 work The Other America, was a founder of IDS as well as its sister organization, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (now merged into Democratic Socialists of America/DSA). IDS’s mission, like that of the DSA Fund today, was to help spread democratic socialist ideals through educational materials and activist training.