Big 5 Battleground Fund
The easiest way to donate to organizations in the critical Big Five battleground states who successfully built vote infrastructure in 2018 and who will be even more critical to victory in 2020.
All groups have a track record of voter registration and mobilization in addition to the local community building, advocacy and issue organizing they do year-round.
100% of funds go directly or are regranted directly to local groups.
Build long-term infrastructure that lasts beyond the next election. We fund organizations and local leaders that are in their communities year-round, not one-off campaigns that come and go each cycle.
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Arizona Coalition for Change (C4C) & its (c)(4) sister organization Our Voice, Our Vote Arizona (OVOV) are member-led organizations based in Phoenix and Tucson committed to advocating for lasting progressive public policies that empower and equip our most vulnerable communities. They focus on building civic and political power in black and brown communities through voter mobilization & turnout, grassroots organizing, leadership development training, voter registration, electing champions into office, and holding elected officials accountable. By putting people first, they develop and lift up the voices of the New American Majority to take on the nations’ most pressing issues.
A student-led, non-partisan organization created to represent the collective interest of the 140,000+ university students and 400,000+ community college students in Arizona. They advocate at the local, state, and national levels for affordable and accessible higher education. Their organization is built around three pillars – advocacy, organizing, and leadership development. ASA advocates for student issues to elected and appointed officials in Arizona and Washington D.C. They also run direct action campaigns on and off campus and work to build student power every year through voter registration, education and GOTV.
The unified 501(c)4 table in Arizona, consisting of labor, immigrant, civic engagement, reproductive rights, civil rights, environmental, and other progressive organizations. The table came together in 2011 with the goal of pushing a progressive agenda in Arizona and advocating for better policy to serve working families and improve Arizona’s democracy. Arizona Wins functions as a shared hub for the electoral and voting rights advocacy field and communications efforts of all partners. Arizona Wins identifies shared priorities, organizes partner organizations to pool their resources, both financial and programmatic, to invest in a coordinated program to reach our shared goals, and identifies and works to fill gaps in both resources and program areas.
An energetic immigrant-led multi-racial multi-generational group that won the historic victory that ousted Sheriff Arpaio from office by organizing the largest GOTV canvassing in Arizona’s history. It inspired support from thousands of community members statewide and supporters from all over the US. They continue the resistance against racism and xenophobia outside of Arizona through direct action and electoral work.
An organization focused on building effective and sustaining advocacy capacity among low-income and leaders of color in Arizona. Their programs accelerate the work of existing organizations to ensure they can scale and run impactful programs for elections and advocacy campaigns. Their work includes an executive leadership program that builds relationships and coordination across the progressive political infrastructure, and a fellowship that targets middle managers of the most influential organizations in the state. Instituto also incubates community-based organizations to build a more robust progressive infrastructure in Arizona.
LUCHA and its c3 sister ACE are Center for Popular Democracy affiliates based in the Phoenix area, started to challenge anti-immigrant policies. They have over 1000 Latino and immigrant members, and provide empowerment services along with leadership development, organizing, and civic engagement at scale. They’ve led ballot campaigns including the winning 2016 Prop 206 Minimum Wage initiative, helped in the efforts to defeat former Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio, and continue to create leaders and campaigns that challenge the political status quo in Arizona.
Part of the national organization and political home for Latinx and Chicanx organizing for racial justice. Mobilizing against immigration enforcement and criminalization. Currently leading a campaign to pressure tech companies to stop profiting from the suffering of immigrants. Organizing in Phoenix, working on candidate endorsements for local elections and community engagement programs for the presidential elections.
A community-led grassroots organization focused on uplifting and implementing progressive and inclusive policies that promote community engagement and defend human rights. Through direct action organizing, transformative leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and education in Tucson, PDI seeks to defend and uplift the voices of marginalized communities for real and meaningful change by mobilizing around issues through policy change and catapulting grassroots leadership to positions of electoral office. They work to turn out communities of color in areas traditionally not reached by other campaigns.
Poder in Action (c3) and their sister organization Poder (c4) focus on leadership development, systems change, and community-driven public policy. Their advocacy within the crimmigration system has successfully increased police accountability and transparency. Poder in Action’s mission is to build power to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression and determine a liberated future as working class and people of color. Poder has successfully won and collaborated in several electoral campaigns that have moved a progressive platform and held politicians accountable by turning out people of color. They’ve become supporter and incubator for several new organizations that have strengthened the local organizing infrastructure in West Phoenix.
Tomorrow We Vote (501c3) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based nonpartisan nonprofit focused on registering students in high schools using a specialized curriculum developed to allow voting-aged youth to understand their political power. Tomorrow We Vote Action (501c4) focuses on progressive issues important to the youth and provides education-based political actions through civic engagement.
A community-driven organization that seeks to expand Black voter engagement and progressive power by increasing voter registration and turnout, advocating for policies to expand voting rights such as resisting voter ID, and supporting the development of organizational infrastructure through training, candidate development and more. It also advocates for policies that intersect with gender, economic, and other aspects of equity. They are running GOTV efforts through their powerful The South Is Rising Tour across various states.
Dream Defenders is a human rights organization founded in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin. It aims to end police and state brutality towards people of color, stop the school-to-prison pipeline, and shift culture through transformational organizing. They have courageously exposed the impacts of The Geo Group, a corporation that runs for-profit prisons. They have made private prison money a major campaign issue and run major voter engagement programs around voting rights.
Engage Miami believes in SPEAKING YOUTH TO POWER. They are developing a bold, creative, impactful and local culture of civic participation and voter engagement among young people by registering new voters, distributing voter guides on college campuses and in communities. Engage Miami is affiliated with the Alliance for Youth Action and organizes along social justice lines.
A multicultural network of congregations across Florida tackling systemic racial and economic injustice. Affiliated with the PICO National Network, FIF won a ‘Ban the Box’ measure in Broward County and worked on restoring voting rights to 1.5 million people disenfranchised by felony convictions. They are active in immigrant defense, know your rights and Sanctuary city work.
Florida’s strongest immigrant rights organization and one of the anchor immigrant-rights groups nationally. FLIC is fighting deportations, educating immigrants on rights and advocating for Sanctuary cities. They have developed major electoral capacity and delivered past wins at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition brings together more than 70 organizations across the state, including grassroots groups. Led by returning citizens and formerly incarcerated people, FRRC has fought to return voting and civil rights to those caught in the criminal justice system. After fighting on issues like banning the box and clemency, they’re now launching a ballot initiative that would restore voting rights to more than 1 million Floridians whose records currently keep them from the polls.
Dynamic new statewide student network that organizes on every issue from climate, racial justice to immigrant rights. They are working on more than 20 campuses in 18 counties – training leaders, mobilizing youth and doing voter engagement work. They’ve expanded to high schools in the wake of the Parkland massacre and walkout movement.
A civic engagement organization and champion of civil rights building Latino political power. It unites Latinos, immigrants, and allies to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Working on immigrant rights, voting rights, environment, workers rights, healthcare, and education. Its focused efforts to register and mobilize new and young voters to the polls this election cycle.
An energized multiracial organization with a statewide presence, working to assure a progressive shift in Florida over issues on racial justice, climate, and gender justice. They are increasing the voting power of Florida’s low-income black, African-Carribean, Latino, and LGBTQ community by training citizens and mobilizing voters. Served as hub of the Second Chances voter restoration campaign, have registered 31,000 new voters and won a key lawsuit that enabled 108,000 voters to register.
Organize Florida is a strong organization and affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy (Formerly Organize NOW/FIRE), based in Orlando and Tampa. They combine grassroots base-building with election work to advance racial, economic, climate and reproductive justice. A hub for anti-Trump resistance.
A grassroots membership-based organization that fights for economic and social justice for low-income workers in Detroit through issue campaigns and voter engagement. They are affiliates of the Center for Popular Democracy.
A collaboration of 4 community organizations (MOSES, ROC-MI, Mothering Justice, and Building Movement Project- Detroit People’s Platform) is building major power in low- income and working class communities statewide. They led the successful effort to raise the state’s minimum wage and worked on an attempt to get paid sick leaven the ballot. Their Center for Progressive Leadership runs training programs for Local Candidates & Campaign Managers.
A statewide organization dedicated to the leadership development of community members and the creation of effective campaigns to advance racial, gender, economic and criminal justice reform statewide. They play a key role in District Attorney races and other criminal justice-related political efforts.
A growing progressive student network, which launched VOTE MOB campaigns on 8 campuses, distributed more than 13,000 voter guides, registered more than 1300 people to vote, and fought for local progressive candidates and ballot measures, in partnership with community groups.
A growing People’s Action affiliate, statewide with strength in Detroit, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. They organize faith, immigrant, and African-American communities on racial, gender, economic and environmental justice with campaigns on child and elder care. Active on Immigrant and Refugee defense. They have 16 staff, over 100 institutional affiliates, and have integrated conversations with voters into their movement-building strategy. A major hub of the Michigan Resistance.
Guided by faith-based principles of social justice and fellowship, MOSES supports Michigan’s historically marginalized communities, and empowers ordinary people to find and exercise their civic power.
A well-organized group of mothers advocating for affordable child care, birth justice, earned paid sick time, family medical leave insurance, and raising the minimum wage. They engage voters around issues of income fairness, lead advocacy work that amplifies the voices of mothers of color, provide leadership development that builds the next generation of mother policymakers, and create family-friendly activist spaces.
215PA is a new multiracial collaborative led by parents, teachers, students, union members, and other Philadelphians coming together to make meaningful change. 215 People’s Alliance is lifting up issues of criminal justice reform and housing justice in upcoming elections.
A powerful Center for Popular Democracy affiliate and Latino immigrant rights organization branching out from CASA de Maryland, with a growing base in South Central PA (Dauphin, Lancaster and York Counties). They have registered 10,000 voters and contacted over 45,000 infrequent Latino voters. CASA in Action has engaged Latinos in the Presidential, US Senate, important Congressional District races, as well as some key down-ballot opportunities in York County.
A USAction and ProgressNow affiliate, Keystone Progress is a multi-issue advocacy organization that combines cutting edge online organizing techniques and hard-hitting earned media to advance the state’s progressive agenda. They’re working statewide on issues from the local to national level, and are building up their community organizing and electoral capacity.
Make the Road PA is the largest Latinx organization in the state, building power for justice in Latinx communities, working class communities and Communities of Color. MRPA has been at the forefront of the resistance against Trump since before the election and are constantly reaching and registering thousands of voters and encouraging them to get involved in the community. They also play a leading role in campaigns for immigration reform and the Abolish ICE movement, a fair budget for education and human services, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, rights of the LGBTQ+ community, Puerto Rico Justice, and the Fight for $15. They have roughly 700 monthly participants in their events and member committee meetings. Make the Road Action builds political power by engaging thousands of Latino, immigrant, and African-American voters every year.
The largest door-knocking voter engagement and community justice organization in PA. Last year One PA registered over 7,000 new voters and knocked over 250,000 doors helping bring in the largest wave of women elected in Pennsylvania history. In 2020, they will combine census engagement with voter registration and turn out even more voters. They work from the school board to the federal level and members lead the way. One PA is a multi-racial, inter-generational statewide grassroots community organization that shifts the balance of power through popular political education, lifting up community voices, and building high-impact campaigns with partner organizations. Their members are workers, students, parents, seniors, people with disabilities, and retirees excited to learn, collaborate, and build power.
The story of Pennsylvania Stands Up is a story about everyday people turning our country around by figuring out how to get involved—even if it’s just two hours a week—and building the grassroots force we need to revitalize our democracy. We believe the time is ripe for everyday Americans—of every race and creed, immigrant and native-born, sisters and brothers—to stand up together as one united people.
Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental groups committed to advancing the vision of an economy that works for all people. They spearhead, support, and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit.
Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters. We believe that our children’s life chances must not be determined at birth and that America must be a nation that allows all its people to thrive.
A faith-based PICO affiliate expanding statewide. POWER played a key role in winning a living wage ordinance for city agencies and contractors, and led a statewide faith coalition that successfully changed the state’s public education funding formula to correct long-standing racial bias and inadequacies. POWER will be focusing on municipal and county-wide races in upcoming elections.
A new group started by former staff and activists from the Bernie campaign, modeled on and inspired by Reclaim Chicago. They ran actions against the dominance of corporate dollars on the DNC host committee, and are pushing to stop a lame-duck TPP vote. Reclaim Philly is planning to canvass 10,000 doors with a focus on young low-propensity voters, and is in communication and collaboration with other movement groups.
Working to uplift Black citizens, leaders, and businesses in the community by investing in building long-term power, taking political action, and empowering Black leaders with tools so that their issues are represented at all levels of government. Building transformational relationships with communities of color through organizing, silent canvasses, and conversations. They have knocked 100,000 doors and continue engaging Wisconsinites year-round.
A strong affiliate of People’s Action that runs top-notch civic engagement programs statewide. Citizen Action of Wisconsin has over 42,000 individual members and 123,000 supporters and is engaged in organizing campaigns on health care and economic justice.
A visionary non-profit engaging low to no-income communities of color in Dane County to achieve social justice through coupling direct service, leadership development, and community organizing. It seeks to end violence against women, children, gender-non-conforming, and transgender folks within communities of color by challenging root causes of violence, poverty, and racism. Currently leading immigration justice efforts and organizing voter engagement.
Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) is a new organization led by youth of color. They engage in values-based issue and electoral organizing, direct action, advocacy for public policy, and leadership development. On campuses and communities in Milwaukee’s key geographies, they organize young people to build independent political power for social, racial and economic justice.
Our Revolution Wisconsin is draining the swamp with people power. Building a member-led, populist political organization from the bottom up, they aim to take back power from elites and build a Wisconsin that is of, by, and for the people. They have chapters and organizing meetings all over the state doing base-building in the communities needed to win on issues and elections that matter.
One of the strongest state-based immigrant rights organizations in the country. They held mass meeting across the state and then helped organize Wisconsin’s “Day without Latinos” which brought 40,000 people into the streets of Milwaukee. Voces de la Frontera Action and Voces de la Frontera has chapters in Milwaukee, Racine, Madison, Green Bay, Waukesha, and Walworth County, and a strong history of organizing the Latino vote.
A grassroots independent political organization that fights for Wisconsin’s working families—working to raise the minimum wage, get big money out of politics, and advocate for racial justice. WWFP has knocked on over 50,000 doors, led the Fight for 15, and successfully pushed Milwaukee and Dane counties to enact minimum wage increases.
A state-wide grassroots interfaith organization that includes participation from 160 congregations of 19 different religious traditions. WISDOM leads the ROC Wisconsin campaign, an effort to end mass incarceration in Wisconsin. Members and local affiliates have also been active in promoting immigrant rights, economic justice, public transit, and health care availability. WISDOM members statewide have been actively engaging state legislators on funding for public transportation at budget hearings. They mobilized 750 people to Madison for a rally, educational event, march on the capitol, and meetings with elected officials.