New Virginia Majority Education Fund

Advocacy organization working with working-class communities of color in Virginia's urban areas

Grantee Cohort Spring 2018, Spring 2020

Location Virginia

Founded in 2010, the New Virginia Majority Education Fund (NVMEF) is an advocacy organization that works with working-class communities of color in Virginia’s urban areas. NVMEF works towards a Virginia that is democratic, just, and sustainable through community organizing, large-scale voter education and mobilization, leadership development, and strategic communication. NVMEF focuses on four issues: environmental protection, immigration, smart growth/transportation, and voting rights.

In 2018, with Art for Justice’s support, the New Virginia Majority Education Fund launched “Court Watch of Central Virginia” – a program that gathered data on the disturbingly high number of people of color without legal representation during bail hearings.

In the face of COVID-19, with Art for Justice’s continued partnership, the New Virginia Majority Education Fund pivoted its Right to Vote campaign to engage voters digitally. The organization created a movement that transforms Virginia by organizing communities of color, women, working people, LGBTQIA+ people, youth and people in progressive politics.