Finance & Fundraising

Fundraising – Don’t be Shy by Dotty LeMieux

By at August 13, 2015 | 2:49 pm | 0 Comment

Fundraising – Don’t be Shy by Dotty LeMieux

Feeling a little leery about asking people for money for your campaign? Now is not the time for shyness. Be bold. Channel your inner pushy telemarketer.  Now is the time to pick up the phone and call your friends, family, including old Aunt Minnie from Fresno and put the bite on them.  In a nice way of course.  They are your best bets for early money that will make more...

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Support & Respect Must Be Earned by Mario Piscatella

By at June 8, 2015 | 10:51 am | 0 Comment

Support & Respect Must Be Earned by Mario Piscatella

If you aren't being taken seriously by top tier orgs in your first run for office, your first step shouldn't be to focus your energy on badgering them into supporting you via social media. Your first step should be to focus on doing the real work of being a candidate, building a campaign, and make them WANT to be a part of what you are doing. Having disdain for how more...

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Start Early; Ask Often by Dotty LeMieux

By at March 9, 2015 | 11:28 am | 0 Comment

Start Early; Ask Often by Dotty LeMieux

If you're planning a run in 2015, now is the time to start your campaign. How do you start? First, of course you decide what office you are running for. Do your homework. Who else might be running? Will it be an open seat? What issues might be coming up? Start attending meetings of the body you want to join, if you are not already doing so. Who on this body are you more...

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Show me the Money by Dallas Thompson

By at September 2, 2014 | 1:21 pm | 0 Comment

Show me the Money by Dallas Thompson

Nothing seems to terrify folks in the progressive community more than asking for money. I've watched organizers who could pull together a rally for thousands in a day, quiver at the thought of actually asking someone to write a check. Why? The skills you use to organize are very similar to the skills you need to be successful at fundraising. With a little practice, more...

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Saving Money on Small Campaigns by Sarah Baker

By at June 24, 2014 | 1:11 pm | 0 Comment

Saving Money on Small Campaigns by Sarah Baker

If you're running a small campaign or organization, there's probably not a lot of wiggle room in your budget. Here are a few places small campaigns can save money: Office supplies. In the beginning, have the kitchen cabinet (or just the candidate and some super vols) reach out to their local contacts asking for donations of office supplies -- things they might more...

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Simple Fundraising Strategies by Judith Freeman

By at January 13, 2014 | 1:12 pm | 0 Comment

Simple Fundraising Strategies by Judith Freeman

Raising money online and offline, from donors big and small, all have a few things in common. Here are a few simple actions that will help boost your success: Build a relationship. Whether it's online or offline, you need to have a relationship with the person you are asking for money. Whether you're asking for a big grant at a donor conference or a $5 donation more...

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Fundraising Fundamentals, Part 2 by Dotty LeMieux

By at October 25, 2013 | 11:20 am | 0 Comment

Fundraising Fundamentals, Part 2 by Dotty LeMieux

Making the follow up phone call So you have your list in hand, and you're ready to make those calls. Here are some tips for making the calls count, and the campaign cash register go ka-ching. 1. Know who you are calling. Have some information about the potential donor. What are they capable of giving? What have they given in the past? What is your relationship with more...

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Fundraising Fundamentals, Part 1 by Dotty LeMieux

By at October 18, 2013 | 1:04 pm | 0 Comment

Fundraising Fundamentals, Part 1 by Dotty LeMieux

I am the worst person when it comes to fundraising. I hate asking for money. Don't you feel the same way? Then you are not alone. It is the single most difficult thing any candidate, no matter how seasoned, has to do. And yet, it may be the most essential. The most important fundraising fundamental is the phone follow up. Yes, you have sent your appeal letters on your more...

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6 Tips for Campaign Call Time by Margo Scott Dunn

By at September 9, 2013 | 1:07 pm | 0 Comment

6 Tips for Campaign Call Time by Margo Scott Dunn

No excuses, call like a champion Every candidate I have ever worked for or with has universally hated call time.  They all give the same reason why; “I just hate asking people for money!”  I’ll tell you a secret:  I don’t hate call time, and you shouldn’t either.  Here are some tips to get you calling like a champ in no time.  Or, at least hating call more...

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Getting a Second Contribution by Sarah Baker

By at October 2, 2012 | 2:11 pm | 0 Comment

Getting a Second Contribution by Sarah Baker

Grassroots campaigns depend on small donations to finish strong on Election Day. Since most of your grassroots contributors won't come close to the maximum donation, you have the opportunity to ask them to donate again before the election (a practice known as resolicitation). If a supporter believed in your campaign enough to give once, they're likely to be open to more...

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