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Each year, Americans recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. To help celebrate this important month, we are highlighting a few of our grantees that are centered in and

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Applications are now open for Chicago Filmmakers’ Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF). The CDMPF supports Chicago-based filmmakers and digital media artists whose work encourages social change. Voqal has supported the CDMPF since 2012. Since its conception, the program has awarded a total of $750,000 to 75 Chicago-area artists. The only program of its kind

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Voqal’s director of grantmaking and fellowships, Brenda Sears recently wrote an article outlining 5 pillars grantmakers should focus on to build an equitable, multiracial democracy for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. An excerpt from the full article, which first appeared on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s (NCRP) blog, is below. Two years ago,

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On January 6, 2021, the country watched in horror as a group of white supremacists descended on the United States Capitol and attempted to attack our democracy and the country’s right to a free and just election. Words can never be enough to fully communicate the complex feelings, thoughts, and emotions that have come up

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We continue our look at the stories featured in our 2020 annual report with a look at the work of the organizations our grantmaking program helped support. More specifically, we highlight their work to help individuals and communities build the power they need to advance socially equitable public policy. Advocating for Latino Community Priorities in

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Voqal is excited to announce grants to seven organizations working in Oregon to create a more racially and socially equitable state. The grants to Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Building Power for Communities of Color, Latino Network Action Fund, Unite Oregon Action, Oregon Futures Lab, Imagine Black, and PCUN reflect Voqal’s commitment to

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Voqal is excited to announce grants to nine organizations working in Minnesota to create a more racially and socially equitable community. The grants to Awood Center, Black Visions Collective, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha, Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Accion Latina, Minnesota Healing Justice Network, Minnesota Holistic Black-led Movement Fund, Nexus Community

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In the latest grantmaking spotlight, Mary Coleman and Annie Stoneburner celebrate the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by highlighting Voqal grantees that exemplify the values that she exhibited during her time on the Supreme Court.  The nation recently mourned the passing of a giant, an innovator, and a leader. Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG)

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Voqal is excited to announce grants to 10 organizations working in Colorado to create a more racially and socially equitable community. The grants to Another World is Possible Fund ($5,000), Black Lives Matter 5280 ($10,000), COLOR Action Fund ($17,452), Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Action Fund ($15,405), Colorado People’s Action ($19,500), Denver Justice Project ($10,000), Free

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Voqal recently joined a coalition of foundations and philanthropic organizations formed in response to the killing of George Floyd. These organizations have partnered to denounce anti-blackness and racism in Minnesota. The Philanthropic Collective to Combat Anti-Blackness and Realize Racial Justice plans on raising $25 million to transform the field of institutional philanthropy and invites additional

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