Two Great Opportunities for Nonprofit Professionals from Mobile Citizen Partner NTEN

December 6, 2018 A valued partner of Mobile Citizen (and by extension Voqal), NTEN supports organizations by convening the nonprofit community, offering professional credentials and training and facilitating an open exchange of ideas. Voqal values the opportunities that arise from a vibrant and collaborative nonprofit community. With that idea in mind, here are two excellent Read More

Holiday Blues and Holiday Hopes

November 29, 2018 In this month’s entry in Voqal’s grantmaking blog series, Director of Grantmaking Brenda Sears highlights three organizations that are working hard to create a better future for marginalized populations. For many people, the holidays do not bring the joy and happiness advertised in movies, songs and greeting cards. Unfortunately, many people are Read More

Voqal Promotes Wireless Competition in Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Proceeding

November 14, 2018 Voqal believes telecommunications policy should be focused on ensuring the country’s telecommunications resources and infrastructure contribute to a socially equitable world for all. This goal of equity in telecommunications extends to those who control our nation’s electromagnetic airwaves or “spectrum” – a vital public resource that has been increasingly licensed and concentrated Read More

Fighting for Equity Through Campaign Finance Reform

November 7, 2018 Common Cause Illinois has an innovative, pragmatic and comprehensive pro-democracy agenda. It leads and defines the democracy reform movement, promoting solutions already succeeding in some communities to shift power to the people. Voqal’s support enabled Common Cause Illinois to build a movement around campaign finance reform that is heavily grounded in equity. Read More

Voqal Connects with Chicago Grantees

November 1, 2018 Earlier this week, Voqal had the opportunity to engage with its grantee community in Chicago. On Saturday, Voqal attended a live taping of The Hoodiosie. One of Voqal’s newest grantees in Chicago, The Hoodoisie is a radically-policized, bi-weekly live news show occurring in a different gentrifying neighborhood every month. This week’s episode 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 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