Projects

Theory of Change If we obtain a fair, accurate and complete count of all Ohioans, we will obtain the funding needed for important programs, and a fair amount of representation in redistricting. Goals this Year
  • Build a solid support coalition for Census work in Ohio
  • Create a statewide outreach field plan
  • Build regional coalitions to implement outreach
  • Capitalize on relationships built with Census work for 2020 Election work.
Phase: In progress, ongoing Contributors:

 
Theory of Change If we reach out to all of the organizations in our ecosystem to assess the landscape, then we can identify the biggest opportunities and challenges and choose effective strategies. Goals this Year
  • Interviews/conversations with 50+ organizations and allies
  • Synthesize key themes: opportunities, challenges, and host conversations to review findings and get feedback before final writing
  • Create final document for distribution communicating  strategic opportunities and plans
Phase: In Progress (completion expected 11/1/19) Contributors:

 
Theory of Change If we provide organizations with quality data support, more efficient and effective work can take place. In addition to traditional VAN support, Ohio Voice will provide devices, lists, and scripts to organizations, allowing them to iterate from a basic starting point and eliminating much of the preliminary work necessary for launching a field program. Goals this Year
  • Acquire and configure MiniVAN devices to distribute as canvass-in-a-box kits
  • Engage 1-2 organizations in testing the program during the May primary.
  • Engage 3-4 new organizations in field work in November.
Phase: In Progress, ongoing Contributors:

 
Theory of Change If we provide digital capacity support to organizations in our ecosystem, they will be better equipped to tell authentic stories on the issues they care about and measure the support they garner. Through digital organizing, leaders and volunteers can  have the tools to increase general population awareness through social media, digital arts, and cohesive communications, can build momentum for long term. Goals this Year
  • Train 40 leaders through the Digital Organizing Summer Series
  • Create original digital art and content
  • Produce 30  resource documents for website access
  • Host 5 in-person digital trainings throughout Ohio
Phase: In Progress, ongoing Contributors:

 

Theory of Change

If we educate the public about the role of judges and courts, we will increase participation rates in judicial elections, improve the quality and diversity of judges selected for the bench, and engage more activists to win reforms.

Goals this Year

  • Create a speaker’s bureau to conduct at least 12 “Courts 101” presentations with at least 20 participants
  • Build support for stronger campaign finance disclosure and judicial recusal with at least 15 endorsing organizations
  • Increase collaboration with and accountability for core fair courts working group members with at least 8 new organizational members

Phase: In Progress, ongoing

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Theory of Change

If we advocate effectively on budget and tax policy, we can change the conversation about the need for revenue for public services and ultimately impact policy outcomes to that end.

Goals this Year

  • Effective advocacy during the state budget
  • State of the State report release and related press
  • Grow social media audience

Phase: In Progress, ongoing

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Theory of Change

If we provide top notch human resources and accounting services internally, we can create a sustainable environment to reduce turnover and ensure sound fiscal management to maximize opportunities to meet our mission.

Goals this Year

  • Complete a financial review with positive management letter
  • Improve employee evaluation and professional development systems.
  • Maintain accounting systems and consistently timely information.

Phase: In Progress, ongoing

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Mission

To obtain more non-profits organizations doing civic engagement work for under-represented communities. In that, linking said orgs to existing orgs in the ecosystem for collaboration. Also assessing what new orgs need to implement change and run their civic engagement programs. We want to identify organizations doing great work.

Goals this Year

  • 10 new organizations to onboard.
  • ID 15 grassroots/nonprofits doing civic engagement/social justice.
  • 3 latinx orgs
  • 3 LGBTQ+ orgs
  • 3 African American orgs
  • Re-orient all existing partners
  • Connect orgs from Census work to OV.

Phase: In Progress, ongoing

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Theory of Change

If we provide an inspiring space it will serve as a movement incubator for leaders from across the progressive ecosystem to build unity across our differences. We are an accessible educational, cultural, and coworking space that nurtures the emergence of a progressive Ohio through collective action, study, and community building.

Goals this Year

  • Host events
  • Raise revenue through coworking memberships
  • Build deep relationships with other nonprofit organizations by sharing office space

Phase: In Progress, ongoing

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Theory of Change

If we make registering/voting easier, more people will vote. This will strengthen our democracy and make it more reflective of the communities we serve.

Goals this Year

  • Protect or increase early in person voting hours and opportunities by legislation or directive
  • Support the passage of automatic voter registration by legislation or ballot initiative
  • Defend against legislative attempts to restrict access to citizens initiatives.
  • Explore viability of community ambassadors to promote election protection
  • Support at least 3 organizations conducting voting from jail programs

Phase: In Progress, ongoing

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Theory of Change

By spotlighting the work of local organizations, we can build a small dollar donor list to support the progressive movement in Ohio.

Goals this Year

  • Build and make public website
  • Launch pilot program
  • Launch  social media and build momentum among others
  • Train ecosystem on how to use and utilize SOC
  • Build brand awareness through social media
  • Find one-time and/or recurring small dollar donors
  • Spotlight the work of these orgs through videos

Phase: Started, early

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Theory of Change

If we build and support a cohort of emerging leaders, with a focus on leaders of color, then we will see (over time) stronger, more committed, connected, and strategically clear leadership of our progressive movement.

Goals this Year

  • Train 15-20 emerging leaders
    • Ages 18-35
  • Build cohort of leaders who remain connected over time
  • Build cohort of organizations that are investing in leadership development and training together
  • Set up coaching program to support leaders

Phase: Began June 2019

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Theory of Change

If we close the parity gap for people of color on voter registration, we can increase the civic engagement of all Ohioans.  If organizations can scale VR programs, they are better positioned to develop other programs as well due to existing relationships.

Goals this Year

  • Establish relationship with EVC, in ongoing collaboration with OOC
  • Work with 6 organizations to do approximately 4500 registrations
  • Build significant capacity in order to be prepared to scale in 2020.

Phase: Setup (VR collection begins in July 2019)

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