The Defending Democracy Together Institute is a right-leaning 501(c)(3) advocacy group founded in Washington, D.C. in August 2018. Its leadership consists of Weekly Standard editor-at-large William “Bill” Kristol, Ethics and Public Policy Center senior fellow Mona Charen, and other conservatives. The group has taken positions in opposition to a number of initiatives by President Donald Trump, often through its project, Republicans for the Rule of Law; most prominently, it has supported continuing birthright citizenship and strongly supported the Justice Department investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.  
The Institute publishes The Bulwark, a center-right news and editorial website whose editorial board consists of many of the Institute’s board members, most notably Kristol and former talk radio host Charlie Sykes. It has also been described as a “nonprofit dedicated to incubating and assembling pro-democracy voices. . . created by conservatives uncomfortable with the flamboyant rhetoric that can come from President Trump.”
Defending Democracy Together has been criticizied for accepting at least $600,000 in two grants from Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) group created and funded by left-wing mega-donor Pierre Omidyar. According to Democracy Fund Voice’s website, in May 2018 it “approved two grants to Defending Democracy Together: first in the amount of up to $100,000 over one year and then in the amount of up to $500,000 over one year” (image available here). 
The Institute was also awarded $150,000 from the left-leaning William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in September 2018. The grant was paid to the Institute through DonorsTrust, a right-of-center donor-advised fund provider (image available here).
Board of Directors
According to its incorporation filing, the Defending Democracy Institute’s board of directors consists of Bill Kristol, Charlie Sykes, and Sarah Longwell.