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in Offering Fellowships

As another Voqal Fellowship cohort begins its journey, it only seems fitting to continue our look back at the FY 2019 Annual Report: Build the Movement with a look at some of our past Fellows. In this month’s 2019 Annual Report, we do just that.  At Voqal we believe that one of the best ways

in Protecting Public Airwaves

Voqal strongly believes that closing the digital divide is integral to closing the social justice and equity gap in America. That is one of the reasons why Voqal created Mobile Citizen, a project that distributes wireless hotspots to students (via educational institutions), low-income families (via nonprofit resellers) and nonprofit organizations. There are two key components

in Offering Fellowships

Voqal is excited to announce the 2020 cohort of its fellowship program. The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in people as individuals and budding entrepreneurs; a talent accelerator aimed at giving those often overlooked by traditional funders a chance to enact their visions at center stage. “As we enter the new decade, we are excited

in Investing for Educational Impact

Voqal’s Education Opportunity Project (EOP) seeks to measurably reduce educational opportunity gaps by providing capital and strategic advice to entrepreneurs and organizations working to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged populations. In the first Education Opportunity Project spotlight of the new year, we take a look at EOP grantee, Weird Enough Productions. Weird Enough Productions is

in Protecting Public Airwaves

We continue our look back at 2019 with another spotlight from our FY 2019 Annual Report: Build the Movement. This week’s article is focused on the work of Voqal and its partners in the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) community to build a movement aimed at keeping the EBS spectrum band educational. Public airwaves – or

in Making Grants

The Workers Defense Project is a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing, and strategic partnerships. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, the Workers Defense Project successfully carried out its Defending Immigrant Families initiative in several Texas cities including Dallas, Austin, and Houston. This program enabled

in Making Grants

As the new year gets underway, we believe it is important to celebrate the successes of the previous one. With this idea in mind, we will be sharing stories from our FY 2019 Annual Report: Build the Movement. In the first of these highlights, we take a look at the efforts of several Voqal grantees

in Voqal

2019 was another busy year for Voqal. Despite a hard-fought campaign to #SaveEBS by Voqal and many of our allies, the FCC ultimately voted to privatize Educational Broadband Service (EBS), in essence removing the educational benefits of this valuable public resource. In addition, Voqal saw the departure of some great leaders including board member Garlin

in Protecting Public Airwaves

Last week, we covered the state of play regarding a valuable piece of spectrum called the C-Band. This 500 MHz chunk of spectrum, which sits between 3.7 GHz and 4.2 GHz, is primarily used by satellites and earth stations for video programming. But the FCC and wireless companies want to repurpose a portion of this

in Voqal

Voqal has always focused on doing its part to create a more socially equitable world. We tackle this mission in a number of ways including supporting nonprofits and individuals that use media and technology to empower the politically, economically and socially disenfranchised. We invest in social justice-oriented entrepreneurs and provide them the resources and space

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