History and Approach

Our History

VOICE’s Founding Action, Oct. 5, 2008, attended by 2,500 VOICE leaders from 50 institutions, Candidate Sen. Warner, every NOVA County Executive/Board President, the Mayor of Alexandria City and many more county and state officials.

Organizing for a “New Dominion” of justice and political participation in Virginia

Vision: We believe that people working together have the power to change their communities and their country for the better.

Need: Political and corporate leaders often don’t embrace change unless they’re pressured by the people they serve. And too many people don’t realize they have the potential to join forces and create change in their neighborhoods through organizing.

Our Approach: We work with the people who want to transform the world—from what it is to what they believe it should be. We challenge people to imagine the change they can accomplish, connect individuals and organizations to multiply their power, and organize people by the hundreds and thousands to make their voices heard. We set bold goals, we create effective strategies—and we ACT, taking on the powerful interests that stand in the way.

How We’re Organized

VOICE is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. VOICE is an independent and non-partisan organization led by a strategy team of religious, lay, and community leaders from across Northern Virginia. VOICE is funded by dues paid by member institutions (congregations, temples, mosques, union locals, business groups, schools, health centers, etc.) and grants from foundations.

For more information see our Annual Reports, read about our leadership team, or see a list of our member institutions.


VOICE is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith citizen organizations, which has seven decades of experience winning tough battles on housing, health care, education, and other issues across the nation.  VOICE works most closely with Metro IAF affiliates in the East, Midwest and Southeast.