One Fair Wage Action, Inc. (C4)


Organization Name One Fair Wage Action, Inc. (C4)
Initial Tier Ranking 3
Priority Tier 1
Total Budget Gap $306,000
c3 Voter Registration Gap N/A
c4 Voter Registration Gap $306,000
PAC Voter Registration Gap
Date of Submission 10/16/2023 8:48:52
Program Summary Led by women of color, One Fair Wage Action and collecting voter registrations while gathering signatures for a minimum wage ballot measure. They mobilize workers, employers, and consumers nationwide to enhance wages and working conditions in the service sector, aiming to abolish all subminimum wages in the United States.
Program States OH, AZ
Program States old Ohio, Arizona
Cost per VR card $17/VR card – Thanks to support from CAPA, we were able to collect 9,623 VR forms in Ohio with $137,000 in funds – a cost of about $15 per VR. We were able to maintain that cost by doing VR as part of signature gathering for our minimum wage ballot measure. Going into the winter months, it will be cooler in Arizona, allowing us to ramp up our signature gathering and replicate the Ohio model in doing VR attached to signature gathering. But it will also be much colder in Ohio, which will make signature gathering and VR generally more difficult, and require us to purchase additional supplies for canvassers like gloves, hats and more. For this reason, we are estimating that the cost per VR will increase to $17 per VR card.
Reported Cost per VR Card $17.00
Cost-card believability
CaPA Notes on Reported Cost per Card
Estimated Cost per VR Card $17
Adjustment made for cost-card
RYVF Overlay BIPOC, Youth
RYVF Score 2
Pooled Grant Givers Movement Voter Project, Rural Democracy Initiative, America Votes, Way 2 Win
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2022 or 2023 Expenses
2024 Budgets
Organization Mission Statement One Fair Wage Action are national organizations led by women of color that are organizing workers, employers and consumers to improve wages and working conditions in the service sector and end all subminimum wages in the United States.
Organization Leadership BIPOC-led, Women-led
Lead Contact Name Betsy Merzenich
Lead Contact Title Development Director
Lead Contact Email
Lead Contact Phone
Email Address-other
Lead Contact Pronouns She/Her
Core Constituencies engaged in VR program Women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or People Of Color), Youth and Students (aged 15-35)
Issue Focus Raising Wages to One Fair Wage with tips on top
Tactics for collecting voter registration cards Tactic 1 (now through March 2024): Collecting VR as part of signature gathering for minimum wage ballot measure (8000 Ohio, 4000 Arizona); Tactic 2 (April 2024- July 2024): Collecting VR as part of canvassing for peer to peer champions for GOTV (4000 Ohio, 2000 Arizona)
Geographic Focus Rural, Suburban / Ex-urban, Small city (<100k), Urban - Large city (>100k)
Jurisdictional Focus Ohio and Arizona Statewide
Program Budgets C4 Entity –
Cuyahoga County – Cleveland – 2000 VR’s ($34,000)
Hamilton -2000 VR’s ($34,000)
Franklin County – Columbus – 2000 VR’s ($34,000)
Wood County – 1000 VR’s ($17,000)
Athens County – 1000 VR’s ($17,000)
Summit County 1000 VR’s ($17,000)
Portage County – 1000 VR’s ($17,000)
Montgomery County – 1000 VR’s ($17,000)
Lucas County – 1000 VR’s ($17,000)
Total Ohio – $204,000

Maricopa County – 3000 VR’s ($51,000)
Pima County – 3000 VR’s ($51,000)
Total Arizona – $102,000

Budget gaps While we have raised many other funds for our ballot measure signature gathering, we currently do not have other funding sources for Voter Registration attached to signature gathering or canvassing.
Partnerships In Ohio, we have been partnering with SEIU, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and the Ohio Education Association on signature gathering and voter registration, and are also setting up partnerships with the Ohio Student Association, Ohio Student Activist Alliance, and Swing Left for VR collection on college campuses. In Arizona, we have been partnering with LUCHA and UNITE HERE on signature gathering, and are also setting up partnerships for VR in particular with the Arizona Student Association and other youth organizing groups.
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Org Type 1 3
Org Size 1 2
Program Impact 1 2.5
Program Efficiency 1 1
Leadership & engagement 1
Ideological Targeting 1 2.5
Creative 1 3
Impact of previous Voter Registration programs
How many voter registration cards does your organization plan to collect in 2024
RDI c3 Awards supported MI work in the past, might fund OH work
RDI c4 Awards (as of 2/28)
After AQ first2
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