About Us

Maybe we're a radical experiment. A fresh source of facts, painstakingly researched and verified, to help citizens make better decisions and drive better conversations.

What do you think? Room for us?

We hope so. Face the Facts USA is a nonpartisan, independently-funded initiative, backed by Americans who believe facts should come first in our national debate. We’re supported by The George Washington University and based at GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, where faculty and students work with journalists and media professionals to research facts. With complementary attractions, live events, broadcast media and grass roots outreach, we offer information, conversation and thoughtful consideration of public policy issues.
We hope we’ll re-engage frustrated Americans in the political process. Non-frustrated Americans: you’re welcome too.

Why We’re Here

Because the fact-to-noise ratio in America is so off the charts – and facts matter.
Face the Facts USA slices through the hyperbole, spin, and slant that gunk up the biggest issues facing America today – and presents exhaustively researched and vetted facts in a compelling, easy-to-digest way.

What the Goals Are

  • Present facts and data in creative ways that crystallize key issues facing America and debunk misconceptions.
  • Offer “details on demand” so our users can connect directly with as much source data and as many points of view as they wish
  • Engage and connect people and communities; present ways to help people get involved and push for solutions that move America forward

Who’s With Us?

Face the Facts USA is a project of The George Washington University’s Center for Innovative Media at the GW School of Media and Public Affairs. We work with many media, strategic and academic associates including Google, Atlantic Media, the Arizona State University and University of Southern California.

Who Funds This?

Initial funding and the original concept for Face the Facts USA has been provided by Ed Scott (edscott.org), founder of a number of nongovernmental organizations including the Center for Global Development. Mr. Scott served as a senior executive in several presidential administrations, co-founded the software company BEA Systems, and has been a leading force in global health and development initiatives.
 
Additional support has been provided by Omidyar Network's Democracy Fund, through a grant to our associate AmericaSpeaks to support various aspects of Face the Facts USA. Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Omidyar Network invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change.