Read below to learn more about some of the national organizations that have received Voqal Fund grants. Want to peruse our grants that had a local impact? Check out this map.
The Global Proxy Cloud Project establishes a global network of computers, whose bandwidth can be used by excluded populations on the other side of the world’s censorship firewalls.
Action for the Common Good is a sister organization of Center for Popular Democracy that works for decent, livable wages, health benefits and access to full-time work for all!
The combination of music and mobile communications reaches different constituencies of audiences that aren’t otherwise currently reached by social justice and progressive organizations. By working with musicians to engage their immense fan bases in advocacy, progressive change efforts reach a wide and diverse community.
The Arab American Institute represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the United States and strives to promote Arab American participation in the U.S. electoral system. Thanks to support from Voqal, the Arab American Institute will train Arab American leaders and organizations in 12 states to interact with U.S. and state Attorney Generals to ensure the reporting of hate crimes against the Arab American community.
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center is an advocacy organization working to strengthen democracy by building a national progressive strategy for ballot measures.
Brave New Films uses media to inspire, empower, motivate and teach civic participation that makes a difference for social justice.
“J Street” is a feature-length documentary tracking a progressive, pro-Israel lobby group pushing for a two-state solution. With a quickly growing national base, they take on the establishment, push the Obama administration to take an active role in the peace process and fight in the brass knuckle world of Washington D.C.
Design and produce a modular toolkit for the consumer using mobile technology and focus on consumer awareness, federal policy, technological issues and media production.
CEL is a home for people and projects working to shift culture and transform society.
ColorOfChange.org exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice, make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.
Community Organizations in Action promotes economic, racial and social equity through national, regional and local advocacy campaigns. It is developing an expanded national digital organizing program that can advance its People & Planet First Campaign, which aims to address the triple crisis of expanding inequality, a broken democracy and a planet in peril. Through this digital program, it plans to animate and mobilize a multiracial coalition in cities from across the country that can advance an agenda that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet.
Founded in early 2013, Coworker.org is a digital organizing platform for workers’ rights. A combination of online tools, media outreach and research-based strategic support help employees have a voice in the modern workplace.
The Democracy Initiative, launched in 2013, seeks to restore the core principle of political equality.
A political and activist organization that uses a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people.
FAIR’s unique blend of journalism, research and advocacy provides timely fact checking of corporate media and gives activists opportunities to demand accountability from powerful institutions. FAIR reaches hundreds of thousands of people every month, and the weekly radio show CounterSpin is a platform for other advocates and critics to reach a national audience.
The Enough Fear campaign develops a Facebook penpal application and an Internet-based one to one chat application that allows Americans and Iranians to have ongoing, spontaneous conversations about any topic they chose twenty-four hours a day as part of an effort to create lasting relationships and build understanding between commonalities.
Fight for the Future’s (FTFF) mission is to ensure the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core. It envisions a world where everyone can access the internet affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy. With Voqal’s support, FFTF seeks to build a messaging tool that turns mobile phone users into social justice and GOTV campaigners, hooking people through hot issues they care about—rather than candidates they often don’t.
Dark Money and the Courts investigates the influence of political money, often hidden from public scrutiny, on judicial elections and decision-making. With a first-of-its-kind dataset on contributions and spending at the district court level, combined with deep-dive investigative reporting and smart use of digital tools and design, the project shows the impact of private, often dark, money on the American judicial system into the larger public debate about money and politics.
Free Press Action Fund is the advocacy arm of Free Press, a national, nonprofit media reform organization that promotes diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism and universal access to communications.
Launched in the wake of the January 2010 Citizens United ruling, Free Speech for People is a campaign to reclaim constitutional rights for people and return corporations to their place as economic rather than political entities.
Free Speech TV is a nonprofit, independent, public interest television network.
Friendfactor is the gay rights organization for everyone that has close friends and family members who are gay. Friendfactor makes it easy to take simple actions for historic and personally meaningful results — ending inequality and discrimination against gay friends and family.
Gamaliel was founded in 1986 to train community and faith leaders to build political power and create organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races.
Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. Hollaback! creates Smartphone applications and provides technology for SMS text messaging, and online reporting of street harassment.
Making Contact, an independent media outlet, together with ALEC-Exposed & Food Democracy Now, will hold “Big Agriculture and Bio-tech” accountable for how they sully both our dinner plates and our democracy.
The project increases exposure of the public to information and critical analysis of the Israeli government’s home demolition and other policies in the Occupied Territories that degrade the lives and human rights of Palestinians.
Rumbula’s Echo demonstrates the messy complexity of the Holocaust in Lativa and how the decisions of individuals determined whether people lived or died. The huge cost of genocide to societies is complex and inherent.
With a growing base of over 80,000 members, a network of more than 150 local organizers, and partnerships with Muslim and progressive organizations nationwide, MPower Change uses organizing, campaigning and storytelling to build the grassroots power of American Muslims and advance social, spiritual, racial and economic justice for all people.
Media Access Project is a nonprofit, public interest law firm and advocacy organization working in communications policy. For over 38 years, MAP has promoted the public interest before the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Courts, fighting for an open and diverse communications system that protects freedom of expression, promotes universal and equitable access to media outlets and telecommunications services and encourages vibrant public discourse on critical issues facing our society.
The Media Consortium is a national network of over 60 leading independent journalism organizations, which support smart, engaged, high-impact journalism that redefines the political and cultural debate.
Mijente is a new national hub for Latinx and Chincanx organizing. Using a hybrid offline and online platform, it is creating a political home that brings together leadership, advocacy, culture and media to spark culture and policy change.
Nation Inside is a community of people dedicated to changing the U.S. criminal justice system by:
- Sparking public dialogue about criminal justice
- Educating policy makers
- Developing strategies for safer and healthier communities.
National People’s Action (NPA) is a network of grassroots organizations with a fierce reputation for direct action from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda.
New Media Ventures is the first national network of early stage investors who are investing their time and money into new, cutting edge, start-ups focused on building progressive change.
A 3-day new media and digital strategy training for partner organizations working to reform the campaign finance system that introduces core concepts of online and digital organizing from developing an email program and social networking, to developing a ladder of engagement and cross-departmental integration. Participants also learn advanced techniques, such as mobile marketing, online advertising and advanced email management.
Better Schools Better Jobs (BSBJ), through New Venture Fund, is working towards achieving adequate funding of education in Mississippi.
Not An Alternative is a ten year-old Brooklyn-based arts collective and nonprofit organization with a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, institutions, and history.
With Voqal’s support, OUR Walmart will develop a mobile platform that will build on its innovative use of online organizing to connect workers, build community and mobilize collective action. OUR Walmart works to ensure that every Associate, regardless of his or her title, age, race or sex, is respected at Walmart. The platform will allow workers to instantly connect for workplace support, self-organize into communities of shared issues/identities and take distributive action.
PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.
Presente advances Latinx power and creates winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expands political imagination and traditional boundaries; and fosters inspiration for freedom, equity and justice. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, Presente will be able carry out its Sanctuary Restaurants program that will organize a large and diverse base of workers, employers and consumers who will advocate for workplaces committed to being free of hate and discrimination.
The Key to Internet Radio overcomes the main barriers to entry for community radio stations to web stream, remote broadcast and optimize their sites for mobile devices, thus helping stations seize the potential of broadband for social transformation.
General support for the Piper Fund, a funder collaborative that has developed a grantmaking strategy designed to build a stronger money in politics movement. Also general support for the Themis Fund, a funder collaborative that is working to repeal the death penalty.
Public Knowledge preserves the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge, promotes creativity through balanced copyright and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully.
Race Forward builds awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences. Its anti-criminalization project is a visionary movement-building endeavor to bridge movements working towards ending mass incarceration and mass deportation.
The Roosevelt Campus Network is building a movement among this generation’s future leaders to fix a broken political system. We aim to create an online space to reach young people and motivate them effectively – emboldening a generation to act on the corrupting influence of money.
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. With support from Voqal, SAALT will bolster the advocacy, organizing and base building capacity of South Asian grassroots organizations to engage on the issues of immigrant rights policy advocacy, civil rights and liberties, and hate violence.
The Story of Stuff is a 20 minute environmental-themed movie about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff.
SumOfUs.org is a global, grassroots consumer movement for corporate accountability.
Truthout is an online news organization that broadens and diversifies the political discussion by introducing independent voices and focusing on poorly covered issues and unconventional thinking.
UltraViolet is a new and rapidly growing community of women and men across the U.S. mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture. UltraViolet works on a range of issues, including health care, economic security, violence and reproductive rights.
The We the People Campaign is backed by a diverse coalition of advocates, activists and indy media — aimed to coordinate disparate parts of the progressive family to build an effective populist challenge to corporate power in our democracy.