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in Making Grants

In this month’s grantmaking spotlight, Voqal’s direct of grantmaking, Brenda Williams-Sears celebrates the upcoming Mad Hatter Day with a thank you to nonprofit professionals and the many hats they wear. When Lewis Carroll created the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland in the mid-1800s, mercury was used in the manufacturing of felt hats. This caused

in Protecting Public Airwaves

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition is one of the leading advocates for expanding broadband to anchor institutions. It is one of the reasons why Voqal and Mobile Citizen are members of SHLB and find so much value in the organization. October 16-18, SHLB will be hosting its ninth annual conference, AnchorNets in

in Making Grants

Voqal is excited to announce six grants to organizations working in Chicago to strengthen the community through progressive organizing and media. The grants of $50,000 to Grassroots Illinois Action, $50,000 to One People’s Campaign, $50,000 to City Bureau, $50,000 to The People’s Lobby, $50,000 to Asian American Midwest Progressives and $25,000 to The Hoodoisie reflect

in Making Grants

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization that unites Chicago’s diverse communities. It builds collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. It accomplishes this by developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, ONE Northside successfully organized

in Protecting Public Airwaves

The latest update from Voqal’s director of telecommunications strategy, Mark Colwell takes a look at the recent controversy around the accuracy of broadband maps. Closing the digital divide is an essential component of Voqal’s mission. According to the most recent data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 93.5% of Americans have access to 25/3 Mbps

in Making Grants

Community Voices Heard (CVH) Power is a multi-racial, member-led organization that builds power through grassroots organizing. It works to build power that can change systems and shape policies that ensure social, racial and economic justice for all New Yorkers. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, CVH Power helped pass important rent stabilization policy at

in Making Grants

Faith in Minnesota is a political home for people of faith who are acting boldly and prophetically to create a new, people-centered politics in Minnesota — one rooted in abundance, where everyone is in and no one is out. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, Faith in Minnesota and its partners worked to build

in Offering Fellowships

Applications are now open for the 2020 Voqal Fellowship. The Voqal Fellowship is a talent accelerator aimed at giving underrepresented social entrepreneurs a chance to enact their visions at center stage. The Fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend and six months to work on an early-stage idea. “In this continually changing political and social environment, we

in Offering Fellowships

The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in people as individuals and budding entrepreneurs; a talent accelerator aimed at giving underrepresented social entrepreneurs a chance to enact their visions at center stage. With only a few days left until the 2020 Voqal Fellowship applications open we take one last look at the 2019 Voqal Fellowship cohort.

in Making Grants

In this month’s grantmaking spotlight, Voqal’s director of grantmaking, Brenda Sears celebrates Labor Day by highlighting three Voqal grantees that are on the frontlines of the fight to protect worker rights.  Are you looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend? If so, you can thank the labor movement. Virtually every protection and benefit enjoyed

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