Wave 2020 Fund
The easiest “one click” way to donate to organizations who have built critical vote infrastructure in 2018 and who will be even more critical to getting Trump out of office in 2020 as well as continuing to build on our victories in Congress and the states.
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.
Make a Catalytic Difference – These are locally-rooted, small-to-medium sized organizations where your dollars can make a game-changing difference – from keeping staff on through 2020 to expanding the cities and counties they are able to do vote work in.
Build long-term infrastructure and leadership for change – All groups are locally rooted and driving change not just for one election, but year after year – with a focus on MVP’s priority states. We fund organizations and local leaders that Get Out the Vote in 2018 and then immediately get to work on 2019 and 2020, not one-off campaigns that come and go each cycle.
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Note: This is a work in progress! We will be adding more groups as we go.
WOKE VOTE surprised the nation late in 2017, having trained college students and church-goers, organized and turned out African Americans across Alabama en masse to block an accused child molester from office, and elect Democrat Doug Jones to the Senate. In February, they hosted a Woke Vote Conference: A Road Map to A Woke 2018, to take their model national, as they continue to work on the ground with other groups to boost voter engagement and hold government accountable to all the people of Alabama.
LUCHA and its c3 sister ACE are Center for Popular Democracy affiliates based in the Phoenix area, started in 2009 to challenge Sheriff Arpaio and 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 this year’s Minimum Wage initiative, and are part of a new collaborative effort to take out Arpaio and advance justice reform.
A member-led organization that advocates for families in low to moderate income communities on the most pressing issues affecting Black, Latino, and Millennial communities. This grassroots movement focuses on developing leaders, mobilizing organizers, and empowering communities to take on issues including education equity, fair and free elections, and criminal justice reform. OVOV Arizona is leading a powerful engagement and training initiative to motivate voters to get to polls this November.
An energetic immigrant-led multi-racial multi-generational group that won the historic community victory that ousted Sheriff Arpaio from office in 2016 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.
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.
An organization that seeks to determine a liberated future for people of color in Arizona. It is organizing neighbors, classmates, and building canvass capacity in preparation for early voting beginning October 11th focusing on youth, first-time voters, and communities of color in West Phoenix. They have knocked on 15,200 doors and plan to reach 30,000 more through a hybrid strategy of direct action and culture/art to energize voters.
A non-partisan and issue-focused organization based in Phoenix that helps uplift youth voting power. Provides education about the voting process, voters rights, and registers high school students of voting age. Informs about issues impacting local communities and helps remove the stigma that comes with engaging in the democratic process.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) fights to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system and advance community health and safety. They are led by people convicted of crime, survivors of crime, and the families and allies of both. CCJRC advocate and organize for public safety strategies that are more holistic, effective and just.
CIRC Action Fund works for a Colorado where all residents are treated with dignity and respect by advocating for pro-immigrant public policies and by increasing the civic participation of new Americans. They will be working in Pueblo, Adams, Weld, Denver, and Jefferson Counties to register, educate, and mobilize voters. They plan to push strong legislation in 2018 that will define where candidates stand on immigrant rights, hold candidate forums, and work to support their champions.
An affiliate of People’s Action, COPA is a statewide, member-led, multi-racial organization focused on advancing and winning progressive social change across a range of issues. They combine organizing, voter engagement, and leadership development to build power statewide. In 2016, they knocked on 80,000 doors, and helped win a statewide minimum wage increase despite fierce and well-funded opposition.
A first-rate youth and student vote group that runs both large-scale voter mobilization and issue campaigns. An Alliance for Youth Action affiliate. In 2016, New Era Colorado ran a huge 55,000 youth voter registration drive, a voter education program on 7 college campuses and distributed over 300,000 voter guides.
This Denver-based PICO affiliate helped lead the successful campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage in 2016. They held 33,000 live conversations with new and irregular voters as part of PICO’s Let My People Vote Program. Now working on Know Your Rights and Immigrant Defense Trainings.
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 and made private prison money a major campaign issue. The Dream Defenders Action Fund and Freedom Fellows are running a major voter engagement program around voting rights and the 2018 Governor’s race.
Believes in SPEAKING YOUTH TO POWER. They are developing a bold, creative, impactful and local culture of civic participation among young people. Organizing along social justice lines and affiliated with the Alliance for Youth Action, in 2016 they registered 4,200 new voters, distributed over 75,000 voter guides on college campuses and communities. Overwhelming passed a measure that allows citizens to sue the city whenever they violate their charter.
A multicultural network of congregations across Florida tackling systemic racial and economic injustice. Affiliated with PICO National Network, FIF won a ‘Ban the Box’ measure in Broward County and is working on restoring voting rights to 1.5 million people disenfranchised by felony convictions. In 2016 they knocked on 46,000 doors, and spoke with 279,000 voters by phone. 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 for a key voter restoration campaign (Amendment 4) and engaging voters for the 2018 mid-term election and beyond. They’ve expanded to high schools in the wake of the Parkland massacre and walkout movement.
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, registered 31,000 new voters in 2016 and won a key lawsuit that enabled 108,000 voters to register.
A strong organization and affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy (Formerly Organize NOW/FIRE), based in Orlando and Tampa, moving towards statewide presence in 2017/18. Combining grassroots base-building with election work to advance racial, economic, climate and reproductive justice. A hub for anti-Trump resistance.
A youth-led movement to stop the climate crisis and create millions of good jobs in the process. Organizing to make climate action a priority and elect leaders at every level of government who stand up for the wellbeing and health of their community.
Vamos4PR Action is a network of stateside labor, community, cultural, and human rights groups committed to fighting for a better future for Puerto Rico and empowering the Puerto Rican diaspora. With a strong focus in Central Florida, they mobilized survivors of Hurricane Maria to demand safe and affordable housing, and are organizing the broader Puerto Rican community as a voting bloc, but beyond that – they’re fighting the economic interests that created PR’s financial crisis.
Ambitious new effort working to transform the state’s political landscape. NGP registered over 120,000 voters in 2016 alone, 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’re also working to improve election administration and protection and are testing the impact of “parties at the polls” on turnout. Their c4 is looking to play in the 2017 Atlanta elections, and they want to register over 150,000 new voters and contact more than 3 million statewide for 2018.
The major community organization in Maine, with 35,000 dues-paying members statewide. A People’s Action affiliate, MPA runs campaigns on a full slate of progressive issues and has a campus program. MPA won a statewide minimum wage increase ballot initiative in 2016. At a March 2017 Resistance Summit 800 participants identified protecting the Affordable Care Act, recruiting progressive candidates for state and local offices and defending referendums on the minimum wage and fair taxes to fund education as top priorities for 2017.
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 in 2014 and are working on a paid sick leave ballot initiative for 2018. Their Center for Progressive Leadership runs training programs for Local Candidates & Campaign Managers.
A Center for Popular Democracy affiliate, Good Jobs Now is a grassroots membership-based organization that fights for economic and social justice for low-income workers in Detroit through issue campaigns and voter engagement.
A statewide organization dedicated to the leadership development of community members and the creation of effective campaigns to advance racial, gender, economic and environmental justice in the state.
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.
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.
We the People is building infrastructure to engage Michiganders on unifying issues like paid sick time, redistricting, and water rights, while also creating dialogue on divisions of race, class, gender, urban/rural, and immigration. They’re bringing existing groups into collaboration to engage in grassroots conversations, organizing, and leadership at a new scale. We the People is throwing down on a minimum wage and paid sick leave ballot measure in 2018.
A visionary group turning Pipeline Fighters into voters and working to turn out young people, young families, and Native voters to protect the land and water from risky fossil fuel pipelines. They will go door-to-door on horseback with the Cowboy and Indian Alliance asking voters to stand with farmers, ranchers, and tribes. Seeking to provide support to local groups, train hundreds, and build needed energy projects.
Make The Road Action – Nevada is an advocacy organization, working to advance political and policy change through electoral and grassroots organizing. We are a member led organization, working towards creating positive change in Latinx and working class neighborhoods across Southern Nevada.
Voter education is at the top of the AADC’s list of community programs for the Asian Pacific Islander community of Nevada. Asian Americans and NHPI (Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders) are among the fastest-growing racial groups in the Las Vegas area, with nearly 100,000 registered voters.
This People’s Action affiliate is a well-established progressive coalition in Nevada with voter engagement capacity in Las Vegas and Reno. PLAN organizes on almost everything including tax/economy, immigrant rights and racial justice, LGBT and gender justice, and environmental issues. Their c4 PLAN Action partnered with CCC Action to contact over 300,000 voters about the Presidential and US Senate elections in 2016, and they register thousands of voters every cycle. They’ll be one of the key grassroots groups conducting accountability work on Senator Dean Heller.
New Hampshire Youth Movement is organizing young people to elect leaders who represent them and their values. They are launching hubs in towns and campuses around the state. Hubs will collaborate with the guiding team to organize strategic actions, hold elected officials accountable, and leverage the youth vote to change what is politically feasible in New Hampshire.
An affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy with a strong base in the Black and Latino community in Charlotte, also working in Raleigh/Durham. One of a few community organizations with large scale c4 capacity in North Carolina, they registered 8,000 voters in 2016 and organize on gender, racial, and social justice issues.
Advance North Carolina (“Advance Carolina”) stands for sustainable progress. It educates and mobilizes African American and progressive voters to take charge through inclusive, committed and authentic engagement organizing in order to advance community-based political solutions. It is running a savvy electoral program engaging voters through calls and deep canvassing in time for the November elections.
Down Home Carolina unites to build the power and raise the voices of working people in small town and rural North Carolina to take action. By weaving together their different experiences, they strive to shape a democracy that serves working people, where their labor is valued and their food, land, and water are healthy.
A new but vibrant and growing youth and campus-oriented network, Southern Vision Alliance is an umbrella which supports five different youth and student efforts: Ignite NC, Community Alliance for Public Education, Education Justice Alliance, NC Vote Defenders, and Youth Organizing Institute. SVA helps them build capacity to take on social, economic, and environmental justice campaigns as well as to get out and protect the youth vote in more than a dozen counties.
A statewide organization led by young people engaging in student organizing on issue campaigns & electoral mobilization. They engage in nonviolent direct action, policy advocacy, and leadership development on campuses across Ohio to build independent political power. An affiliate of the Alliance for Youth Action. Fiscally sponsored by Stand Up Ohio / Ohio Organizing Collaborative.
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 education rights and local control of Philadelphia schools at the ballot box and in the streets during the 2016 election cycle.
Lancaster Stands Up was born after an emergency community meeting in the wake of Trump’s election. They’re mobilizing hundreds of people in a small but diverse city in rural Pennsylvania, building the power necessary to transform the political landscape. They’ve protested the Muslim ban and ICE raids, challenged their Republican congressman on healthcare, and canvassed their neighbors to not only vote in local elections, but join them in building an America that represents everyone.
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.
This affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy Action is a multi-issue economic justice-driven membership organization with significant field capacity in Pittsburgh, greater Allegheny County, as well as Philadelphia. One PA was instrumental in boosting turnout around 3 State Supreme Court vacancies which were all filled by progressives. They are planning to knock over 75,000 doors to mobilize around the Presidential, US Senate, and state legislative races in 2016.
A youth-led network of high school and college students organizing for social justice throughout the state including livable wages, climate justice, and immigrant justice. They are demanding action and winning candidates support to make college free and accessible for all PA students.
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. They had 18,500 live GOTV conversations in 2014 and have plans to register and turn out at least 7,500 new voters in 2016.
Philly Neighborhood Networks has been organizing people door-to-door for progressive candidates and issues for a dozen years, with leadership from of one of the most intensive and successful GOTV efforts ever, MoveOn’s 2004 “Leave No Voter Behind” Campaign. They’ve won advances on government ethics and the minimum wage, and are active on healthcare, city budget issues, and housing.
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.
Statewide voter registration and organizing powerhouse with strength in the African American and immigrant communities in the Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Tidewater regions. Currently undertaking a historic program to register and engage over 175,000 new voters.
A statewide student organizing network at six campuses to fight the rise of college tuition, crushing student debt and push racial and social justice on-campus. Fiscally sponsored by New Virginia Majority/ New Virginia Majority Education Fund.
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. This year, they have knocked 100,000 doors and continue engaging Wisconsinites for the November elections.
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.
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. In the wake of the election they held mass meeting across the state and then helped organize Wisconsin’s “Day without Latinos” on February 13, 2017, bringing 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.
Black Voters Matter Fund is a 501c4 dedicated to expanding Black voter engagement and increasing progressive power. Increasing voter registration and turnout is an important aspect of building power, but this is just the beginning of their work. 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 develop an infrastructure where little/none exists. This includes staff training, candidate development and network development.
The Native Organizers Alliance, a project of People’s Action, supports grassroots changemakers who advance the welfare of indigenous people by providing them resources, support, technical assistance, and networks. They aim to develop new organizers’ capacity within the movement. In addition to being active in the DAPL fight they were also involved in a successful voting rights case bringing early voting closer to tribes in Northern Nevada.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United has organized 24,000 restaurant workers, 200 high-road employers, and thousands of engaged consumers to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. They have won workplace justice campaigns bringing over $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile restaurant companies covering thousands of workers.
A growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for everyone. They are in 15 states and organize aggressive campaigns to raise economic standards. They recruit, train and elect leaders who share its mission and then work after elections to hold officials accountable to the needs of working families. In the New York primaries, they defeated 7 corporate democrats replacing them with progressive leaders, kept seven rural precincts from closing in Georgia, swept primary victories in three states, and more.