Building Trust & Effectiveness in Congress

Citizen Engagement

Since our nation’s founding, an active and engaged citizenry has been imperative for a healthy democracy. Fast forward to the 21st century: the population of congressional districts has grown exponentially; Congress’ approval ratings are consistently low; incivility and political polarization are on the rise; and the number and complexity of issues is greater than at any time in our history.

CMF's Partnership For A More Perfect Union is dedicated to enriching the relationship between citizens and Congress by comprehensively addressing the deteriorating relationship and communications challenges faced by both sides.

The goal of the Partnership is to further meaningful civic engagement through education, re-establishing trust, and providing innovative yet pragmatic tools to facilitate purposeful two-way communication.

Read more about the Partnership's vision and mission


112th Congress Gold Mouse Awards Announced


Gold Mouse Awards are given to those Members of Congress who best use the Internet to communicate with and serve citizens. Evaluations took place between June and September.

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The Partnership seeks to further meaningful civic engagement through our ongoing programs: Gold Mouse Awards, Communicating with Congress, Inside the Hill, and 21st Century Town Halls. Read more


To increase understanding and decrease frustrations on both sides of the dialogue, the Partnership offers services for grassroots advocacates and for House and Senate offices. Read more

Our Partners

Supporters of the Partnership are dedicated to bringing about a United States where Members of Congress and citizens have a vibrant, active, and engaged relationship characterized by mutual respect, a sense of shared purpose, and a dedication to the tenets of representative democracy. Read more

Join the Partnership

Those who join the Partnership will not only be helping to improve the relationship and communication between citizens and Members of Congress, they will also enjoy many benefits that will help improve their own communications to Capitol Hill. Read more