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

Bridging the Digital Divide through Cooperation in Tennessee

October 25, 2018 Mélange encourages self-sustainable programs with communities in need through multicultural arts, media and education. It hosts and organizes multicultural art, media and educational exhibits, events and performances for the general public with the goal of promoting equality, inclusion and community building. With support from Voqal, it continued to conduct its Rural Broadband Campaign Read More

Three Scary Ballot Initiatives

October 24, 2018 In this month’s entry in our grantmaking blog series, Voqal’s Director of Grantmaking, Brenda Sears shares three ballot initiatives that Voqal grantees are working hard to defeat. Creepy and kooky. Mysterious and spooky. All together ooky. Some ballot initiatives. In many places, the most important policy changes this year will not come Read More

Increasing Voter Access in Washington

October 19, 2018 Win/Win Action is a forward-thinking organization formed to improve communication and coordination among nonprofit civic engagement organizations in the state of Washington. It works to establish collective action around a common agenda that includes increasing civic participation in underrepresented communities, enhancing the capacity of constituent-based organizations and implementing long-term strategies for socially responsible Read More

Voqal Invests Over $118,000 to Advance Progressive Social Change in Colorado

October 8, 2018 Voqal is pleased to announce seven grants to organizations working in Colorado to strengthen the community through progressive organizing and ballot initiatives aimed at creating a more socially equitable state. The grants of $9,640 to Abolish Slavery Colorado, $25,000 to the Colorado Fiscal Institute, $15,000 to Colorado Immigrant Funders Collaborative, $25,000 to Read More

Protecting Migrant Worker Rights

October 4, 2018 Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) supports Mexico-based migrant workers in defending and protecting their rights as they move between their home communities in Mexico and their workplaces in the United States. With its binational, multilingual staff and geographic reach, it seeks to overcome the border as a barrier to Read More

New Media Ventures Increases Profile with Focus on Branding and Communications

October 3, 2018 New Media Ventures invests in entrepreneurs and activists wrestling with the biggest challenges facing the country’s democracy. It believes that by changing where capital is invested, it can shift the structures of power to benefit more people. Thanks to support from Voqal, it expanded its reach and effectiveness through increased thought leadership, Read More