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 Releases 2018 Annual Report

October 18, 2018 Voqal is excited to announce the release of our 2018 Annual Report, Be Nimble. As Education Broadband Service (EBS) license holders, Voqal generally – and our flagship project Mobile Citizen specifically – operates within the telecommunications landscape. EBS is not known to be a particularly fast-moving industry. In fact, it can be a bit 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

Voqal Grantmaking Team Resists Censorship – You Should Too

September 27, 2018 Beginning this month, Voqal will be featuring a monthly blog series by Voqal’s Director of Grantmaking, Brenda Sears, focused on topics that are important to Voqal’s grantmaking team.  When Katy ISD schools removed The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas from their bookshelves, Nyshira Lundy, a 15-year-old freshman, started a petition and Read More

Education Opportunity Project Spotlight: Sparkler

September 21, 2018 Voqal’s Education Opportunity Project made a series of investments this summer in companies that help advance our goal of measurably reducing educational opportunity gaps. One of those investments, New York-based Sparkler, provides a mobile infrastructure to promote early brain and childhood development for children from birth to age 8, with a goal Read More

Defeating Discrimination in Washington

September 20, 2018 Washington Won’t Discriminate was a broad coalition of more than 500 businesses, labor unions, faith organizations and safety groups, that urged voters to say no to discrimination by working to defeat I-1552, an initiative that would repeal parts of Washington state’s long-standing non-discrimination laws protecting transgender neighbors, family and friends from discrimination. Read More

Voqal Invests $200,000 to Advance Progressive Organizing and Media in Chicago

September 13, 2018 Voqal is pleased to announce five grants to organizations working in the Chicago area to strengthen the community through progressive organizing and independent, local media. The grants of $50,000 to City Bureau, $50,000 to Grassroots Illinois Action, $25,000 to ONE Northside, $25,000 to Hoodoisie and $50,000 to The People’s Lobby reflect Voqal’s Read More