North Carolina Black Leadership & Organizing Collective (NC BLOC)


Organization Name North Carolina Black Leadership & Organizing Collective (NC BLOC)
Initial Tier Ranking 1
Priority Tier 1
Total Budget Gap $350,000
c3 Voter Registration Gap $350,000
c4 Voter Registration Gap N/A
PAC Voter Registration Gap
Date of Submission 11/15/2023 19:30:24
Program Summary State network of Black-led institutions and community leaders will register voters in areas with significant Black populations with events, volunteer training, relational organizing and mailers
Program States NC
Program States old North Carolina
Cost per VR card $4.75

$475,000/100,000 new voter registrations = $4.75

Reported Cost per VR Card $4.75
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CaPA Notes on Reported Cost per Card Seems that they divided goal # of registrations by program budget, which didn’t explicitly include overhead.
Estimated Cost per VR Card
Adjustment made for cost-card
RYVF Overlay BIPOC, Black, Youth, Rural
RYVF Score 3
Pooled Grant Givers America Votes, Movement for Black Lives, Heising Simons Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and Borealis Philanthropy
Organization’s Legal Status
2022 or 2023 Expenses
2024 Budgets
Organization Mission Statement North Carolina Black Leadership and Organizing Collective (NC BLOC) is a state network composed of strong, publicly-active, left, Black-led institutions (organizations, business, schools, etc.) and community leaders who are dedicated to implementing strategies focused on advancing Black communities and prioritizing community-based programming dedicated to advancing Black liberation.
Organization Leadership Black-led, BIPOC-led, Women-led, Youth-led (aged 15-35)
Lead Contact Name Felicia Arriaga
Lead Contact Title Development Director
Lead Contact Email
Lead Contact Phone 828-489-1760
Email Address-other
Lead Contact Pronouns she/her
Core Constituencies engaged in VR program Black, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or People Of Color), Youth and Students (aged 15-35)
Issue Focus Education, Criminal Justice Reform, Gun Reform, Healthcare
Tactics for collecting voter registration cards As a network, NC BLOC has 55+ grassroots member organizations representing 30 counties across NC. Our motto for voter engagement is to politicize, energize, and mobilize. Since the beginning of our work, we have coordinated statewide formations and initiatives that center grassroots leadership and have consistently been able to mobilize 10-15,000 people of color to the polls by supporting under-resourced, misinformed, and deprioritized community-led organizations engaged in civic and voter engagement initiatives grounded in relational organizing, issue-based campaigns, direct services, and mutual aid. In 2024, with our members and partners, we will conduct Get-Out-the-Vote outreach to a statewide universe of people of color, our Members of Members (MOMs), and new voters. We will tie our GOTV efforts directly to our base-building, advocacy, and year-round organizing — including our newly registered voters, newly engaged activists, and our partners’ members in our GOTV universe. Our GOTV program will attempt to contact 100,000 voters via live calls, peer-to-peer texting, door canvassing, relational contact engagement, social media, etc. We will build trust, understand concerns and pain points; and stress power through voting and collective action. Our key tactics for voter engagement are: Disaggregating and analyzing voting age population aata; Using an intersectional lens to identify which constituents face the greatest risk of disenfranchisement, and developing an inclusive voter registration and engagement strategy to address barriers to access and participation. We will offer successful voter registration and electoral programs in counties and cities with significant Black populations; Select priority cities and voting districts where increased in Black voter registration and turnout can influence the outcome of elections; Create a renewed focus on community organizing, volunteer recruitment, mobilization or traditional allies, and coordination with community organizations; and Emphasizing the power of voting and Black voices acting in concert Our tactics for collecting voter registrations are: Messaging and Research, Traditional GOTV ,Volunteer Recruitment, Voter Protection Education , Data Analysis & Targeting (Voter Registration and Voter turnout), Partnership Engagement and, Providing Tools & Resources
Geographic Focus Rural, Suburban / Ex-urban, Urban – Large city (>100k)
Jurisdictional Focus Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Buncombre, and Alamance
Program Budgets Mecklenburg County: $150k [$50k mailers, $50k events, $25k training, $25k relational]

Cabarrus County: $125k [$50k mailers, $25k events, $25k training, $25k relational]

Buncombre County: $100k [$25k mailers, $25k events, $25k training, $25k relational]

Alamance County: $100k [$25k mailers, $25k events, $25k training, $25k relational]

C3 entity – $475,000

Budget gaps Mecklenburg County: $100k Cabarrus County: $100k Buncombre County: $75k Alamance County: $75k (c3 – $350k)
Partnerships Common Cause, People’s Power Coalition, We Are Down Home/ Down Home NC, Activate! IFC, Be Connected Durham, & Beyond Black Birth, Rising Inc & Feed Them Babies, Communities In Partnership, Community Civil Activist, CREED Ensighted Media, Fayetteville Police Accountability Community Taskforce, Next In Line Community Outreach Center, North Carolina Black and Green Network, North Carolina Justice Center, North Housing Justice Coalition for Black Lives, Operation Spring Plant, Inc. Orchid Bloom, SISTORIES, SOS ,and, The Sanctuary In The City
Follow up call requested?
Follow up questions Please share a bit more about your voter registration goals specifically, rather than overall GOTV program. Will the organization be providing network groups with resources, tools and training to collect VRs specifically?
Question Sent Date January 19th, 2024
Question Response Thank you for your email. Here is a bit about our voter registration goals and we’d like to emphasize that voter registration, GOTV, etc. are just some of our tactics to engage with our network partners. Our goal is to register at least 10,000 voters, approximately 1,000 per Protect Black Freedoms cohort site.

We offer training opportunities throughout the year occur during our monthly Malcolm X Liberation University, a series of skill-building training for individuals and organizations who are working to shift the conditions for black, poor, and working-class communities by building collectively with and alongside community members.These training spaces center black, poor, and working class people and are open for all to attend. While these spaces are open to everyone, we will also have the opportunity for 10 sites to have more in-depth support through our Protect Black Freedoms Cohort. Each site receives 1. Funding to grow their local campaign and co-lead a cohered statewide campaign, 2. Training by leading organizing experts, political education, campaign strategy, data development, fundraising, and other support, and 3) Access to additional resources, agenda & policy development guidance, and technical assistance through our statewide and national partnerships.

Each training session will have an opportunity to put the training into action by partnering with a local organization to canvass on issues and collect voter registrations in their area.

February training: Protect Black Freedoms Cohort Gathering and Door Canvass (Feb. 9th voter registration deadline and March 5th election)

March training: Primary Elections Debrief and Training intensive including redistricting, planning a voter registration drives, voting rights, GOTV plans, Primary Elections Evaluation, and how to host a candidate forum

July training: Get Active Part 1-Action Camp including turf development, door-knocking practice, how to host an action camp, and recruiting volunteers

August training: Get Active Part 2-Direct Action and Party at the Polls Preparation

September training: Door Canvassing for voter registration and monthly recap membership/cohort meeting

Please let us know if there are additional questions and/or information that is needed.

Response Date January 26th, 2024
Org Type 1 2
Org Size 1 2
Program Impact 1 1
Program Efficiency 1 1
Leadership & engagement 1
Ideological Targeting 1 1
Creative 1 2
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