Voqal Invests $136,000 to Advance Social and Racial Equity in Oregon

February 13, 2019 Voqal is excited to announce seven grants to organizations working in Oregon to strengthen the community through progressive organizing and citizen empowerment. The grants of $21,000 to Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), $20,000 to Building Power for Communities of Color, $20,000 to Color PAC Action, $20,000 to Latino Network Action Read More

BISC Looks to the Road Ahead in 2019

February 11, 2019 Last week, the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) held its annual Road Ahead conference at the Park MGM in Las Vegas. Not only was it the biggest conference in BISC’s history, but it also took a bold new approach to make the event a valuable and insightful experience for the attendees. This year’s Read More

Mobilizing Asian American Communities to Create Lasting Power

February 4, 2019 Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. It accomplishes this through leadership development, advocacy and civic engagement. With support from Voqal, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago convened and mobilized the Pan Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) coalition. The PAVE coalition works to include the Read More

Progressive Coalition Defeats Effort to Damage Fair Redistricting in Arizona

January 24, 2019 Arizona Wins is a coalition of nonprofits dedicated to achieving public policies that benefit working families and advancing an inclusive, engaged, just and equitable state for all Arizonans. With support from Voqal, Arizona Wins was able to defeat an effort by the Arizona state legislature to undermine the independent redistricting commission that Read More

Mobilizing for Fairer Redistricting in Michigan

January 10, 2019 Voters Not Politicians was a nonpartisan, grassroots group that successfully convinced voters to pass Proposal 2 in Michigan during the 2018 election. Proposal 2 is aimed at taking power away from lobbyists, special interests and politicians and putting it in the hands of citizens by creating a fair, impartial and transparent redistricting process. Read More

Holiday Blues and Holiday Hopes

November 29, 2018 In this month’s entry in Voqal’s grantmaking blog series, Director of Grantmaking Brenda Sears highlights three organizations that are working hard to create a better future for marginalized populations. For many people, the holidays do not bring the joy and happiness advertised in movies, songs and greeting cards. Unfortunately, many people are Read More

Voqal Supports Big Wins for Direct Democracy in 2018

November 8, 2018 As Voqal’s grantmaking team mentioned in a previous blog post, Voqal supported several campaigns focused on advancing progressive policies or preventing inequitable policies from passing via ballot initiatives during the 2018 election. Now that the dust has settled, it’s important to highlight a few of those victories. Colorado Amendment A: Passed Voqal Read More

Voqal Connects with Chicago Grantees

November 1, 2018 Earlier this week, Voqal had the opportunity to engage with its grantee community in Chicago. On Saturday, Voqal attended a live taping of The Hoodiosie. One of Voqal’s newest grantees in Chicago, The Hoodoisie is a radically-policized, bi-weekly live news show occurring in a different gentrifying neighborhood every month. This week’s episode Read More