Across the country, communities find themselves facing an onslaught of incarceration, racial discrimination, police brutality, unjust bail, and systemic injustices that have brutalized communities, stolen lives, and shattered families. For years, Black-led organizations have come together not just to fight back, but to deconstruct the systems that constrain them.
This work has been happening long before protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police. We grieve for him, and for Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the endless list of Black lives stolen due to the cruelly unjust criminal justice system that incarcerates more prisoners in the United States than any other country on Earth.
Movement Voter Project invests in grassroots organizations leading work to deconstruct the carceral state in the communities where they live. The Black-led organizing groups we partner with have been working together for years to vote out prosecutors, sheriffs, district attorneys, and elected officials who have been supporting and perpetuating racial injustice and over-incarceration.
At MVP, we trust Black leaders to know what their communities need and will do everything we can to support their leadership. We are committed to funding Black-led organizing groups to not just win, but to defend those wins in the face of the systemic oppression of communities of color. These groups are organizing to move resources away from police departments, close jails, elect officials willing to work towards new systems of safety and justice, and exercise true power to transform the places where they live. Increased investment in Black-led organizing is crucial to sustaining this work.
All contributions are re-granted to groups. The size and frequency of grants for each group are regularly assessed by MVP’s grant-making team and state advisors based on where additional funding is most needed. For more information or to discuss a customized giving plan, please email [email protected].
This fund is administered by Movement Voter Project, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Donations are not tax-deductible.
Black Voters Matter Fund is dedicated to expanding Black Voter engagement and increasing progressive power. They advocate for policies to expand voting rights/access, including expanded early voting, resisting voter ID, re-entry restoration of rights and strengthening the Voting Rights Act as well as policies that intersect with race, gender, economic and other aspects of equity. They help support local groups in 17 Alabama counties. This includes staff training, candidate development and network development for Black led groups, individuals, and cohorts across the South.
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.
Black Phoenix Votes (BPV) is a nonprofit 501(c)4 political organization working to transform the quality of life for people of all marginalized identities and backgrounds in our community. The goal is to get Black Arizonans in office who align with the organizations values of inclusion and accountability, who are directly connected to the communities that they intend to serve and represent, and are 100% committed to using power to realize lasting transformation. BPV is 100% is Black, queer, neurodivergent, and femme and nonbinary-founded and led. BPV flexes creativity and passion in electoral and organizing work to dismantle the anti-Black systems that categorize vibrant Black and Black identifying identities as targets and keep our people poor and caged. BPV has a bold and unapologetic policy agenda, and is building community across the diluted Black population in Arizona, BPV works with candidates for public office and holds elected officials responsible, and pushes Black political power in elections to fight for the outcome that is best for the Black people.
Mass Liberation Arizona, and their partner 501(c)3 organization, Decarcerate Arizona, are building political power to end mass incarceration and divest from the carceral system in Arizona. They are a directly-impacted people’s organization, led by Black femme abolitionists. They organize in disproportionately policed, incarcerated, and paroled communities in Arizona with a growing membership inside prison facilities and in Black communities throughout the state.
Soul 2 Soul Sisters is based in Denver and is one of a few organizations in the country that unapologetically intersects Black faith/spiritualities, radical reproductive justice, increasing the power of Black voters, and reparations. They provide a Black Womxn-led, faith-based response to the anti-Black violence in the U.S and are leading a voter engagement campaign in 2020 focused on Black congregations organizing voter registration, education, and GOTV efforts.
Black Voters Matter organizes voters in the Florida Panhandle, leading GOTV events and supporting for groups in Northern Florida who are not otherwise reached by the rest of Florida’s social justice infrastructure. Their deep voter engagement efforts focus on several key issues, including affordable housing, supporting returning citizens, and census education.
Dream Defenders was launched by organizers fighting back after the Trayvon Martin shooting. In protest of the killing, they occupied the state capitol for over a month. As part of the Statewide Alignment Group, Dream Defenders helped win Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to more than 1 million Floridians. They have expanded and deepened their base to 8 counties, catalyzing Black and Brown youth organizing across the state with a focus on policing, bail reform, and advancing a collective statewide strategy around state attorney and sheriff races.
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.
Empowering moderate and low income families politically, socially, and financially in the heart of little Haiti in Florida. GOTV and voter education are among their ongoing campaigns. FANM has led the fight to stop deportations of Haitians for more than 20 years.
The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) brings together more than 70 organizations from across the state, including many 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 and impacted by a Jim Crow-era lifetime voting ban. After leading the winning coalition to restore voting rights to more than 1 million Floridians, they are now working on educating, registering, and protecting new voters and their rights.
Black Voters Matter Fund is dedicated to expanding Black voter engagement and increasing progressive power. The organization works to advocate for policies that expand voting rights and access, including expanded early voting, re-entry restoration of rights astrengthening the Voting Rights Act as well as policies that intersect with race, gender, economic and other aspects of equity. They support local groups in over 41 counties in Georgia. This includes staff training, candidate development and network development for Black led groups, individuals, and cohorts across the South.Black Voters Matter was founded in Georgia’s black belt in 2016 where they helped flip a local state legislature race, breaking Georgia’s GOP supermajority.
The New Georgia Project Action Fund is transforming the state’s political landscape. NGP has registered thousands of Georgia residents to vote and is conducting citizen academies to get more people educated on how elections and public policy processes work. In addition to more traditional outreach, they’ve also worked to improve election administration and protection and tested the impact of “parties at the polls” on turnout.
WOMEN ENGAGED is a social justice nonprofit that takes an innovative, hands-on learning approach to advancing women’s human rights, youth empowerment and civic engagement efforts in Georgia. Using a human rights framework, Women Engaged develops policy recommendations, conducts research and organizing initiatives paired with, leadership development, savvy communications outreach strategies and civic engagement opportunities for women and youth of color.
BLM Lansing is the anchor for all the BLM groups around the state. Together with their partners in other cities, they have been running a People's Assembly process to build a statewide agenda. In 2019, BLM Lansing co-launched a political education campaign, Election 20XX, to inspire leadership in young Black people under age 30 “from the Block Club to the White House.”
Detroit Action is a grassroots community organization building power for workers and Detroiters of color throughout the metro region. A consistent and deliberate attack on its institutions has made Detroit one of the most politically and economically marginalized cities in the country. Michigan Action is transforming the most vulnerable communities in Michigan by building the electoral power to fight back against these unjust policies.
EMEAC empowers the Detroit community to protect, preserve and value the land, air and water. They build community power through environmental justice education, youth development and collaborative relationship building. In 2020, they are the lead organization for an exciting environmental justice coalition called Frontlines Detroit, a multi-racial table that includes some of the largest environmental advocacy organizations in the state and aims to center most-impacted communities as they lead a collaborative voter education and turnout strategy.
MOSES organizes communities, develops faith leaders, and builds relationships to advocate for social justice through a group of diverse congregations. MOSES accomplishes this through training leaders in churches, synagogues, and mosques, teaching participants how to articulate their shared values and work with their constituents to take collective action in the public arena. This year, they are doing a large deep canvassing program focused on the metro Detroit suburbs.
Mothering Justice Action Fund is returning decision making power to the people affected by policy decisions the most. The ultimate goal of the C4 Plan is to identify, connect, and engage with 50,000 black women in select target areas across the state of Michigan. Mothering Justice will add new people to the voter registration rolls, educate voters about election issues, make sure new and unlikely voters actually cast their ballots, and ensure that misinformation and intimidation don’t inhibit people from voting.
Oakland Forward's motto is "Stay ready, so you don't have to get ready". P2C strives to be a conduit for political and policy initiatives for progressive change and social justice that leads to equity and equal opportunity. They have worked on Earned Paid Sick Time, One Fair Wage, Pontiac Youth Recreation Millage, Pontiac School District Sinking Fund Millage, and Full and Fair School Funding campaigns. They are working to expand their footprint to northern Oakland County this year.
For the past three years, the Southwest Michigan Urban League has been convening an African American Network in the greater Battle Creek area to increase the number of African Americans running for and winning elected office in Calhoun County. This year, they are expanding to build a multi-racial voter engagement and candidate recruitment effort with the Latino and Burmese communities. Together, they will make 10,000 attempts to engage voters in transforming our government and public priorities.
ACER is a nonprofit organization that engages African immigrants living in the north and northwest suburbs of Minneapolis to advance equity and eliminate disparities for the area’s large and growing African community. ACER also works regionally where they see opportunities to make connections that improve the quality of life for African immigrants.
The Awood Center builds economic, political and organizing power among workers in the East African community of Minnesota. Awood has led a gound-breaking campaign to ensure Amazon workers in Minnesota have a voice and ensure that jobs at Amazon are quality, safe and reliable jobs.
Black Visions Collective is putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations who came before it in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. BLVC is building an organization with the capacity to change the policies, culture and leadership of Minnesota’s progressive movement in order to transform the lives of Black Minnesotans across the diaspora. BLVC is leading the charge on re-imagining public safety in Minneapolis in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
Black Visions Collective is putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations who came before it in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. BLVC is building an organization with the capacity to change the policies, culture and leadership of Minnesota's progressive movement in order to transform the lives of Black Minnesotans across the diaspora.
Established on the heels of Jamar Clark’s murder by police, BVM has been a force for change and increased civic participation, having registered over 2,500 voters. They lead rigorous voter education campaigns focused on key local races in St. Paul and Minneapolis. For 2020 they are scaling up a multifaceted effort of radio, print, and door-knocking to reach thousands of African-American voters.
A vibrant member-based youth activist and civic engagement organization, at the forefront of the movement for black lives and connecting it with other social justice issues. They are combining leadership development, advocacy, direct action, and vote work to build political power.
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) envisions a nation in which all people have the tools to participate in the democratic process at every level. With state-based affiliate and Black Women’s Roundtable networks across several states, but primarily in the South, NCBCP is focused on maximizing the power and impact of the Black vote and collective leadership, with an emphasis on women, Millennials, Generation Z, and returning citizens.
A newer coalition of churches and community groups formed to meet a gap in African American civic engagement and organizing in Las Vegas. With planning support by Silver State Voices and seed funds from Movement 2016, FOA conducted voter registration at services, speeches from the pulpit, and provided the only non-partisan rides-to-the-polls hotline and service in the valley during the last election. They also made over 20,000 calls and knocked over 8,000 doors to educate voters. They're now working to set up a c4 arm and are engaging on clean energy policy.
Advance North Carolina (“Advance Carolina”) is a statewide, Black-led, 501c(4) organization with a mission to build political and economic power in Black communities and institutions in North Carolina. The organization educates and mobilizes African American and progressive voters to take charge through inclusive, committed, and authentic engagement and organizing to advance community-based political solutions.
1Hood uses the power of the arts and artists to educate, persuade, and mobilize Black voters in Pittsburgh and across western PA.
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.
Free The Ballot! Incarcerated Voter Family Network was started in 2019 as a project of members of the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration. Over the past 5 years Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration has organized a statewide base of family members of incarcerated people in Philadelphia, York, Dauphin, Lancaster, Chester, Berks, Lehigh and Delaware Counties. Their main campaigns have been to win parole review for lifers and to ensure the rights of incarcerated people are respected by fighting against overly punitive and restrictive Department of Corrections policies. As they gained ground in these fights they realized the necessity of contesting for political power and formed Free The Ballot to fight on the electoral terrain.
This organization shines a light on the untold stories of organizing in the greater Philadelphia region. Using innovative media-based organizing strategies, MMP has an impressive track record of raising awareness around local social justice concerns and connecting communities across issues. This election cycle they will support the media and communications needs of electoral organizers and voting rights advocates.
New Voices for Reproductive Justice is dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women, femmes, girls and gender-expansive folx and has served over 200,000 people through leadership development, community organizing, policy advocacy and culture change since its founding in 2004. Their Voice Your Vote! Project educates, mobilizes and turns out Black women voters ages 18-49 in Pennsylvania and primarily operates in Greater Philadelphia and Greater Pittsburgh with voter engagement efforts all year long reaching over 20,000 voters each year. New Voices is committed to electoral justice and increasing the voting power of Black women voters who are not likely and less likely to vote in each election.
POWER is an organization committed to building communities of opportunity that work for all. They represent over 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania and work with them to educate, register, and mobilize voters. In 2019 they had over 20,000 voter attempts to educate and mobilize voters around local elections impacting thier communities.
The vision of She Can Win is to create parity in the political realm. We believe that by providing the necessary resources and trainings that we are not only encouraging more women, but are placing more women in elected seats. We advocate for policies that directly affect women of color. We do this by partnering with nonprofits and elected officials to lobby legislation.
The Black Voters Matter Fund is dedicated to expanding Black voter engagement and increasing progressive power. In Tennessee, they're texting voters en masse to turn out in November, focused on a Nashville ballot referendum to create a citizen-led Community Oversight Board to keep police accountable.
Faith in Action is a multi-faith and multi-racial group working on economic justice including preventing predatory lending, reducing medical debt and affordable housing, criminal justice coalition work including immigrant rights. They mobilize voters to the polls in Dallas county.
Polichic EF is an innovative emerging organization, led by Women of Color, that focuses on turning out Texas women to the polls to make an impact on key public policy issues through civic clubs that provide voter education and leadership development opportunities. This year, they are registering Black women to vote, are running mobilization efforts, and election protection work.
BLOC uplifts Black citizens, leaders, and businesses across Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin 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. BLOC builds transformational relationships with communities of color through organizing, silent canvasses, conversation, and engaging Wisconsinites year-round. The major Black voter engagement organization in Wisconsin, BLOC is rooted in Milwaukee’s core northside Black community, with expansion plans to Racine and Kenosha.
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.