To win the Senate majority, we need to flip at least four seats in November’s election. The grassroots groups in this fund are organizing their communities to help win as many Senate seats as possible this year – and laying the groundwork for Senate races in 2022.
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.
Help build long-term infrastructure that lasts beyond this election. We fund organizations and local leaders that are in their communities year-round, not one-off campaigns that come and go each cycle.
All donations are regranted to the groups listed below. The size and frequency of grants for each group are regularly assessed by MVP’s grantmaking team and state advisors based on where additional funding is most needed.
This fund is administered by Movement Voter PAC, a federal political committee. Donations are not anonymous or tax-deductible, and will be reported to the FEC and state campaign regulators.
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.
Alaskans Take a Stand is a diverse group of Alaskan citizens promoting awareness of social justice issues affecting their communities. They advocate for Indigenous rights, racial equity and wildlife preservation. This year they are working on voter education including informing about the process of voting.
Native Peoples Action (NPA) is an Indigenous-led organization advocating for equitable access to education, healthcare, wellness and protection of native lands and communities. NPA leverages Alaska Native community networks of volunteers to provide guidance to connect native values with political candidates, policies and land management projects. Through these actions, NPA is unifying Indigenous communities to practice being civically engaged, including registering to vote.
The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition For Action (CCJRC 4Action), fights to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system and advance community health and safety in Denver. CCJRC advocates and organizes at multiple levels of government for public safety strategies that are more holistic, effective and just. For years, CCJRC has run the only civic engagement campaign in Colorado that focuses exclusively on people with criminal records.
Ambitious effort working to transform the state’s political landscape. NGP has registered thousands 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.
This affiliate of People’s Action has 3,500 dues paying members, 16 staffers, and a growing civic engagement program turning out mostly Latino and African American voters. They also have a strong base of white working class Iowans in the Des Moines metro and rural areas. The Iowa CCI Action Fund targets State House & State Senate races that determine control of the Legislature.
Iowa Student Action is a diverse movement of young people facing a crisis and courageously organizing their communities and campuses across the state for a new economy and world that works for the many. They are using direct action, electoral work, narrative building, and storytelling to push elected officials to fully fund higher education. They are also organizing for education access for all including undocumented and formerly incarcerated students. They are are a branch of People’s Action.
Rural Organizing has a mission to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable for all. Their grassroots network of rural organizers, activists, elected officials and candidates for office are the heart and soul of their work. Rural Organizing uses smart communications and strategic distributive organizing to empower rural progressives and develop, pass, and implement policy platforms needed to rebuild small towns across America.
Maine People’s Alliance / Maine People’s Resource Center is a group with over 32,000 members, over 9,000 volunteers and 35+ staff, MPA is transforming Maine through: a grassroots outreach program that makes face-to-face contact with 100,000-150,000 households annually, community organizing with constituencies across lines of class and race and robust communications through MaineBeacon.com, which regularly engages over 100,000 readers online. MPA is working to advance a host of progressive legislative campaigns, and a grassroots campaign to educate Mainers about the voting record of US Senator Collins that will reach over 100,000 Mainers.
Maine Votes is the state’s America Votes affiliate, and leads Maine’s strongest coalition of political organizations. MV coordinates the coalition’s shared, year-round electoral and advocacy strategy. Maine Voices Network is the State Voices affiliate, coordinating and supporting the work of the state’s non-partisan civic engagement organizations. All contributions to Maine Voices/Maine Votes through MVP will go to the Immigrant-Led Voter Engagement Project, a coordinated, statewide strategy for mobilizing voters from Maine’s immigrant and communities of color, and the development of local immigrant-led groups’ capacity to carry out that strategy.
Forward Montana is the largest youth civic engagement organization in the state that voices their values at the capitol, ballot box and in the streets. It hosts candidate forums and provides educational resources to voters. It co-led an effort that passed a non-discrimination ordinance in Missoula and Bozeman. It is an affiliate of the Alliance for Youth Action.
The Carolina Federation is a multi-racial, multi-issue statewide organization that brings local people together across race and the rural-urban divide to build political and electoral power in their own communities and across North Carolina. They invest deeply in building local leadership, with a relentless commitment to bringing new people into political action, the intentional centering of the leadership of people of color, and the integration of culture and relationship with the community and electoral organizing. In 2020, they are supporting issue organizing, electoral work, and training in 10 counties across the state, with the long-term goal of building a permanent, progressive majority in North Carolina.
The Cypress Action Fund was created in 2019 by donors and organizers rooted in the Carolinas with a shared belief that solutions will come from people-powered grassroots efforts. It is working towards alternatives to traditional philanthropic practices so that movements can be fully self-determined. It is also democratizing philanthropy through Giving Projects, creating the very first fund of that kind in the U.S. South. Organizers and other social justice leaders advise their grantmaking. Movement Voter Project recommends the Cypress fund as a vehicle to move money to grassroots organizations they support in South Carolina.
The Texas Organizing Project / Education Fund is the strongest grassroots organization in the state, with offices in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. They use direct action, advocacy, base-building, leadership development and vote work to advance an agenda or social and economic equality for low and moderate-income Texans. TOP is an affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy.