Omidyar Network has announced the recipients of a final round of grants from its Economic Response Advocacy Fund in support of efforts to create a stronger, more inclusive economy on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grants will support direct advocacy efforts aimed at advancing policy or regulatory solutions at the national, state, and local levels that protect and assist working people and small businesses and establish precedents that improve worker power and well-being in the future; the digital reconfiguration of campaigns that can no longer be carried out in person due to the virus; and strategic communications and narrative development initiatives that bring like-minded organizations together to create a bolder, more unified voice calling for policy and regulatory changes at the national, state, and local level resulting in a stronger economy for all Americans. Established in April to address the immediate economic toll of the public health crisis on working people and reshape the U.S. economy in ways that ensure working families are less vulnerable in the future, the fund has now awarded a total of $1.5 million to eighteen organizations.
The latest recipients of grants from the fund include the Center for American Progress, Center for Tax Justice, Hoosier Action, LA Forward Action, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, New York Communities for Change, MOSES Action, Ole Education Fund, Workers Defense Action Fund, and TIRRC Votes (with the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee). In May, the fund awarded grants to Free Press Action Fund, Groundwork Action. Jobs with Justice, Maine People's Alliance, Make the Road Action NY, NJ, CT & PA, Michigan People's Campaign, and Roosevelt Institute. Half of all recipient organizations are led by people of color and 61 percent are locally based.
"Workers Defense Action Fund is honored to be a recipient of the Economic Response Advocacy Fund," said the organization's co-executive director, Emily Timm. "501(c)(4) funding for advocacy work is truly vital to achieving systemic change, but it can be difficult to come by. This important opportunity from Omidyar Network will enable us to seize on this moment to achieve real change for immigrant workers across Texas."
"We are honored to partner with Omidyar Network to continue fighting for economic justice for immigrant workers alongside the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee," said Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus , executive director of TIRRC Votes. "The ongoing pandemic has laid bare the deep inequities in our economic system as we see the devastating impact on those who were already struggling to get by. By investing critical funds in relief and advocacy campaigns in the South, Omidyar Network is fueling transformative work that will not only help workers weather this crisis but also build a more balanced, inclusive, and equitable economy."