Way to Win Action Fund

Type of Activity: General Operating Support
Grantee: Way to Win Action Fund, Inc.
Amount: $250,000 in 2021

What is the Way to Win Action Fund?  

Way to Win Action Fund centers the communities most impacted by injustice, ensuring that organizers have the resources needed to embrace their power, determine policy outcomes for their communities, and reshape the future of our democracy. The Fund supports state-based organizations working on a range of issues with the aim of building a democracy that allows all communities to thrive.

Why do we think this organization is important?

Through its donor and funder organizing, the Fund actively works to sustain and scale year-round community organizing by bringing new resources to the field, with the recognition that long-term sustained investments in communities most impacted by injustice are needed to ensure our democracy is truly inclusive.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Way to Win Action Fund?

In 2021, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $250,000 to Way to Win Action Fund.

 

United We Dream Action

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: United We Dream Action
Amount: $100,000 in 2021

What is United We Dream Action?

United We Dream Action is a 501(c)(4) organization of and for directly impacted people who believe that the people closest to the pain are also closest to the solutions, innovations, and breakthroughs.

Why do we think this project is important?

This grant supports United We Dream Action in carrying out research to better understand how young Latinx people are targeted and impacted by disinformation spread by anti-immigrant movements. Understanding the ways in which Latinx  communities consume and discern media is a key step in developing strategies to combat disinformation across Latinx communities in the short term, and bring about impactful narrative and cultural shifts in the medium- and long-term. This project aims to build resistance against harmful disinformation that targets immigrants and Latinx communities.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting United We Dream Action?

In 2021, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $100,000 to United We Dream Action.

Leadership Now Project

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Leadership Now Project
Amount: $100,000 in 2021

What is the Leadership Now Project?

The Leadership Now Project was incubated by a group of Harvard Business School alumni as an innovative model for sustained and strategic engagement to fix democracy. With member groups in six cities, Leadership Now Project has built a robust business task force on voting and democracy, which seeks to shift business’ engagement with our democracy to one that consistently strengthens our system.

Why do we think this project is important?

Leadership Now Project educates and organizes its membership of business leaders on principles that strengthen democracy, provides opportunities for members to support democracy issues, and provides members with opportunities to invest in high-impact organizations that advance democracy for all Americans.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Leadership Now Project?

In 2021, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $100,000 to the Leadership Now Project.

All Voting is Local

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Inc.
Amount: $250,000 in 2021 over two years

What is the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights?

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. LCCHR was founded in 1950 by a coalition of civil rights activists. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Leadership Conference advocated for the passage of civil rights legislation in Congress. Their efforts resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. 

Why do we think this project is important?

As a project of the Leadership Conference, All Voting is Local (AVL) fights against state and local voting policies that silence Americans’ voices, with a focus on historically disenfranchised communities – not just in election years, but every year. AVL’s year-round focus on election administration, combined with its deep partnerships with both national and in-state groups, ensure it has the expertise, relationships, and resources to hold officials accountable to the communities they serve. AVL works with in-state partners to ensure that bad faith actors are not overstepping their authority by changing the rules that govern ballot access and subvert election administration processes. 

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights?

In 2021, Democracy Fund Voice approved a two-year grant of $250,000 to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Fair Representation in Redistricting Action Fund

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Fair Representation in Redistricting Action Fund
Amount: $1,000,000 in 2021

What is the Fair Representation in Redistricting Action Fund?  

A fiscally sponsored project of the North Fund, the Fair Representation in Redistricting (FRR) Action Fund is a 501c4 fund aimed at ensuring that redistricting processes are transparent and include public input, particularly among underrepresented people; that states use total population when drawing districts; and that states place racial equity and communities of interest as priorities when drawing districts.

Why do we think this project is important?

Securing fair and equitable representation for all people is central to an effective democracy, and redistricting shapes communities’ political representation for the decade ahead. The extent to which people are fairly represented in Congress, their state legislatures, and their locality profoundly influences policies and resources affecting education, health care, economic development, infrastructure, the environment, and other areas.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Fair Representation in Redistricting Action Fund?

In 2021, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $1,000,000 to the Fair Representation in Redistricting Action Fund.

Black Economic Alliance

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Black Economic Alliance
Amount: $100,000 in 2021

What is the Black Economic Alliance?

The Black Economic Alliance (BEA) is a nonpartisan alliance of Black business leaders and allies focused on driving economic progress for the Black community through public policy, advocacy, and engagement with government and business leaders.

Why do we think this project is important?

The Black Economic Alliance is educating and mobilizing the business community to understand the landscape of state-level voter suppression legislation since the 2020 election. BEA’s membership of Black executives and leaders from the business community are committed to improving the trajectory of voting rights for the short and long term. Every business has a vested interest in creating an environment that contributes to the growth and productivity of all of their stakeholders — especially their employees. Voter suppression is bad for business, and a functioning democracy is a necessary foundation for a productive environment that is conducive to growth for any business.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Black Economic Alliance?

In 2021, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $100,000 to the Black Economic Alliance.

Safe Voting Action Fund

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Save Voting Action Fund
Amount: $4,050,000 in 2020

What is the Safe Voting Action Fund?

The Safe Voting Action Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of Sixteen Thirty Fund. Safe Voting Action Fund supported federal and state advocacy efforts to implement election reforms that prioritized health, safety, and accessibility in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why do we think this project is important?

COVID-19 necessitated unprecedented changes to election administration in 2020. It was critical to ensure that voting was safe and accessible for eligible voters across the country. Safe in-person and early voting options, as well as increased vote-by-mail, were key ways to safeguard voting access during the pandemic. The Safe Voting Action Fund supported efforts to promote these policy changes and to ensure that they were implemented effectively.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Safe Voting Action Fund?

In 2020, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $4,050,000 to the Safe Voting Action Fund.

 

New Florida Majority

Type of Activity: General Operating Support
Grantee: New Florida Majority
Amount: $250,000 in 2020 over 18 months

What is the New Florida Majority?

The New Florida Majority is an independent political organization working to increase the voting and political power of marginalized and excluded constituencies in Florida.

Why do we think this organization is important?

The New Florida Majority is a multiracial, racial justice political organization working to train grassroots citizens to be leaders, mobilize communities to vote, educate the public to share their values, and inspire Floridians to take action toward their dreams. New Florida Majority actively works to be a force of progressive change in Florida. Their work seeks to educate and activate Black voters and communities of color that are too often ignored in the political process. They are committed to the expansion of Florida’s electorate, especially for communities of color, increasing turnout for voters of color, and protecting the electorate against voter suppression tactics.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the New Florida Majority?

In 2020, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $250,000 over 18 months to the New Florida Majority.

Fight Back Table Action

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Fight Back Table Action
Amount: $475,000 in 2020

What is the Fight Back Table Action?

Fight Back Table Action (FBT), a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Advocacy, is a multi-racial movement coalition of civil rights organizations, activist networks, and organizing networks. The Democracy Defense Coalition, a project of Fight Back Table Action, coordinated advocacy and communications work done to prepare voters for an unprecedented election, expose voter suppression efforts, and ensure officials commit to counting every vote.

Why do we think this project is important?

Fight Back Table Action’s scenario planning allowed coalition partners to engage their members in strategy development and preparation for various contested election scenarios. With the unpredictable consequences of COVID-19 affecting voting, in addition to the misinformation and disinformation circulated among popular sources of information, and regular voter suppression tactics, there was a very real need to prepare for potential violence or voter intimidation aimed at communities of color on Election Day. Fight Back Table Action worked with other organizations to coordinate analysis and planning across organizing networks, major institutional actors, activist networks, and civil rights groups.

These networks offered critical national leadership voices, a wide range of relationships, millions of willing volunteers, and authentic connections to leading state organizations, particularly in the communities of color most affected by an election crisis.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Fight Back Table Action?

In 2020, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $475,000 to Fight Back Table Action.  

2020 Vote to Live Engagement Program

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Collective Future
Amount: $125,000 in 2020

What is Collective Future?

Collective Future is a 501c4 with a mission to increase civic engagement and political representation of Black communities. Collective Future takes direct action to ensure that equity and justice are represented in the democratic process so that Black political power is real and America delivers on its promise.

Why do we think this project is important?

Collective Future’s 2020 Vote to Live Engagement Program worked to address and amend challenges associated with low voter turnout across Black communities. Through their 2020 Vote To Live campaign, Collective Future engaged Black voters during the 2020 election with strategic outreach to historically Black colleges and universities, sororities/fraternities, and faith communities, as well as conducted a first-of-its-kind voter engagement program utilizing cultural artists and influencers to gamify civic engagement.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Collective Future?

In 2020, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of $125,000 to Collective Future.