A New World Is Rising – 2018


Groundswell Action Fund was founded by women of color on a simple but revolutionary premise: Those who are most excluded from our democracy should be at the center of transforming it.

Founded and led by staff and board leadership of women of color who have a shared lived experience with our grantee partners, Groundswell Action Fund is based on an intersectional, whole-person model.

We show up with and beyond money through general support grants and capacity building programs in a collective commitment to build power to advance race, gender, and economic justice.

Many of our grantees, including those featured in this video, played key roles in the historic upticks in voter engagement and participation this 2018 election cycle. The Equity Alliance, led by Charlane Oliver and Tequila Johnson, mobilized Black folks across Tennessee, moving the state from 50th to 1st in early voter turnout; the Texas Organizing Project, led by Michelle Tremillo and Brianna Brown, helped turn up 3.6 million new voters in Texas; Black PAC, led by Adrianne Shropshire, helped elect progressive women candidates across five states; and The New Georgia Project Action Fund, led by Nse Ufot, registered over 200,000 voters in Georgia.

Building Power Beyond Elections

Groundswell Action Fund grantees look beyond getting specific candidates in office, focusing on growing an electorate that can create long-term wins and more broadly push towards a democracy that reconnects people with their power. This is a fight that requires a long-term commitment of resources.


This year, Groundswell Action Fund supported women of color–led organizations in California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, and across the South and Indian Country.

Groundswell Action Fund Grantees Debrief The 2018 Election

We invited some of our grantees to gather together the week after the midterms to discuss their reflections on what worked and didn’t on the ground in key states and their advice on where funders and donors can make the greatest impact in coming years to sustain the momentum. Check out their powerful analysis and reflections in the livestream of the event below.


Black women, women of color, and trans leaders of color are who we support. We are them, and they are us. Together, we are fighting for a world where people can have the freedom to thrive.