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in Making Grants

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of a diverse society. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, ICIRR helped win important legislative victories for its constituents at the Illinois General

in Protecting Public Airwaves

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increasing amount of attention to the digital divide. Stay-at-home orders in states have forced residents online to learn, work, and safely access healthcare. But for those without access, venturing to the nearest parking lot Wi-Fi hotspot has been about the only option. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

in Offering Fellowships

Voqal knows that taking risks with innovative, progressive ideas is necessary to advance social change. 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. In this month’s Voqal Fellowship spotlight

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Chicago Filmmakers is a nonprofit media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and understanding of film and video as media for artistic and personal expression, as well as media of important social and community impact. With Voqal’s support, Chicago Filmmakers continued to support digital media artists working to advance social change through the Chicago

in Voqal

  Voqal invests in groups and individuals on the front lines of weaving equity into our social and public systems. A key element of achieving social equity is embracing the social part, recognizing that we don’t live in a vacuum but operate within multiple communities affected by our own actions and decisions. In light of

in Making Grants

Urban Gateways engages young people in art experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change. Street Level, Urban Gateways’ Multimedia Arts program, uses video and audio production, digital arts, and the internet to engage young people, who have been historically underrepresented in mass media, in art- and technology-driven activities. With support from Voqal, Street Level

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Sparking democracy through documentary, Kartemquin is a collaborative community that empowers documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society. Kartemquin focuses on people whose lives are most directly affected by social and political change and who are often overlooked or misrepresented by the media. Thanks in part to support from

in Protecting Public Airwaves

Last July, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the historic decision to create an application window for rural tribal nations to apply for free EBS spectrum licenses. By offering spectrum at no cost – especially valuable Educational Broadband Service spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band – tribes can affordably build out fixed wireless networks and

in Investing for Educational Impact

Voqal believes that the opportunity gap is the most pervasive and damaging problem in the U.S. educational system. Addressing this complex and multi-faceted problem cannot be achieved through any one solution. With this reality in mind, the Education Opportunity Project seeks to measurably reduce educational opportunity gaps by providing capital and strategic advice to entrepreneurs

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Latino Network Action Fund is a leading advocacy community-based organization advancing policy solutions to support current and historically underserved communities in areas such as education, immigration, and criminal justice reform. With support from Voqal, Latino Network Action Fund expanded its capacity to advocate for Latino community priorities and help engage voters directly in their democracy.

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