• 7 Questions on the 2020 Election w/ David Pepper

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    Posted on Aug 12, 2020 by Hope Rohrbach

    Our Interview w/ David Pepper on His New Book, the Voter File and the 2020 Election

    David Pepper is currently the chairman for the Ohio Democratic Party. Prior to that, he served as a councilman for the city of Cincinnati and was a member of the Hamilton County Board of Commissions. Pepper has authored The People’s House, which predicted Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, as well as The Wingman, which focuses on the role of…
  • GOTV Script Writing

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    Posted on Aug 10, 2020 by Martín Diego Garcia

    Helpful Tips for Writing a GOTV Script for Canvassing and Phone Banking

    Get Out The Vote (GOTV) scripts are important because, in the vast majority of cases, they are your last chance to talk to your campaign’s core supporters to encourage them to vote. Therefore, it’s important that you make a lasting impression with these people and engage with them in a way that will resonate enough that they’ll take an hour (or six) out of their day to go vote. First, answer these basic questions to make sure your GOTV efforts are effective before writing…
  • Tips for Advocacy RFP Template Reference Checks

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    Posted on Aug 06, 2020 by Elena Veatch

    How to Frame Reference Questions in Your Advocacy RFP Template

    We’re all about helping organizations navigate request for proposal (RFP) processes, and our advocacy RFP template is a great resource for folks who are looking to hire a consultant or vendor.  Once you get the ball rolling on the RFP process, make sure you think through what you really want to learn from references in the final stage. There’s no one-size-fits-all consulting firm out there—a firm…
  • How to Find a Political Campaign Job

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    Posted on Aug 03, 2020 by Claire Regan

    Five Quick Tips for Landing Your Next Political Campaign Job 

    As someone who has gone through the daunting task of political job hunting not too long ago, I know how tough it can be to land a political campaign job—especially your first. With so many newly minted undergraduate, graduate, and even law school grads hunting for jobs in the same market, it can sometimes be an overwhelming and discouraging undertaking. But in the end, all your efforts will be worth it. Sooner or later, most successful campaigns will need to hire a full team and even…
  • A Telephone Town Hall for My Political and Advocacy Campaign Needs

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    Posted on Jul 30, 2020 by Joe Fuld

    Is a Telephone Town Hall a Tactic Political and Advocacy Campaigns Need?

    What is a telephone town hall? Think of a telephone town hall as a cross between a radio talk show, an old-fashioned town hall, a member meeting, and a conference call all done in the comfort of your home or office.  Why host a tele-town hall: It seems like everyone is looking for ways to engage their organization, membership, and voters in a quick and compelling way. A telephone town hall is a way to move your audience.  How to recruit for a telephone town hall:  …
  • How to Ensure Canvasser Safety During a Pandemic

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    Posted on Jul 27, 2020 by Ben Holse

    Canvasser Safety: What You Can Do to Stay Safe

    Now more than ever, canvasser safety really matters. When COVID-19 hit, canvassing pretty much stopped everywhere and is only now slowly starting to reemerge. Canvassing can be dangerous, as it requires that you approach strangers in what is often unfamiliar terrain, even when we aren’t in the midst of a pandemic. There are very prominent dangers to the grassroots canvasser, loose dogs, confrontational people and now COVID-19. Below is a short list of suggestions to protect candidates, canvassers…
  • What to Stream to Fuel Your Social Activism

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    Posted on Jul 23, 2020 by Mariana Boully Perez

    Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to Engage in Social Activism

    Amplifying Black voices is always important, and streaming services are helping to do just that. Now, if Netflix users search “George Floyd,” they’ll be taken to a curated list for their Black Lives Matter Collection, which has over 40 movies, T.V. shows, and documentaries. Amazon Prime’s collection is called…
  • 7 Questions on Social Media Activism with Erick Sanchez

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    Posted on Jul 22, 2020 by Mariana Boully Perez, Hope Rohrbach

    The Power of Social Media Activism

    Erick Sanchez has successfully orchestrated multiple online campaigns from convincing Chef José Andrés to pull out of the Trump International Hotel, to organizing a rally for Comet Ping Pong, a pizza place under attack from the far-right. His social media activism and previous involvement in politics has led him into his current position as the spokesperson for former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and his wife, Evelyn Yang. He is also the co-founder of a communications and digital firm called…
  • How to Turn Campaign Endorsements into a Victory at the Polls

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    Posted on Jul 20, 2020 by Shelley Rees

    Campaign Endorsements Are Critical to a Win

    Campaign endorsements can make or break a race for a candidate. But how do you get them and what do you do with them? Below are tips on how to determine which endorsements to go after and what to do after you get them to get as much mileage as possible out of your campaign endorsements. Choose which endorsements to go for: First, do your homework to understand which organizations or individuals are potential endorsers in your race. The easiest way to find this out is to see which organizations have…
  • Incorporating Geofencing into Your Campaign Advertising

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    Posted on Jul 16, 2020 by Sophie Thurber

    Harnessing Geofencing for Campaign Advertising

    Whether you’re running a political campaign or an advocacy program, geofencing can be an incredibly useful tactic within your larger campaign advertising toolbox. Geofencing is a method of targeting mobile ads to people within a tight geographic area. Essentially, this means creating a virtual fence around an address and serving ads within that area. Instead of targeting a congressional, or even state house district, you’d set a radius around a particular address. In a political or advocacy context…
  • 7 Questions with Campaign Manager Keith Rosendahl

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    Posted on Jul 15, 2020 by Mariana Boully Perez, Hope Rohrbach

    Being A Campaign Manager in the Time of COVID-19

    Keith Rosendahl is the past campaign manager for Henry Cuellar for re-election as Congressmen for the 28th Congressional District in Texas. We asked Keith some questions about how COVID-19 has changed the way campaigns run, especially in the lead up to the 2020 election. 1. How has your experience being a campaign manager prepared you for campaigning during a pandemic? At the national level – a campaign manager is a five tool athlete. With many campaigns facing smaller staff sizes and reduced…
  • Relational Organizing: Where to Start

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    Posted on Jul 13, 2020 by Martín Diego Garcia

    So, you want to do relational organizing? Well, here is how you can start.

    Relational organizing is the process by which campaigns, groups, or individuals harness their personal relationships to effect community change. It is a form of organizing that is specific to an individual’s personal network in which they mobilize those relationships into taking action. The relationships can be as close as immediate family members or as broad as followers on social media. The key is some relationship already exists. But where should you start if you’re…
  • ActBlue– The Democrats Grassroots Campaign Fundraising Platform

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    Posted on Jul 10, 2020 by Hope Rohrbach

    Increase Your Campaign Fundraising with ActBlue

    ActBlue is a nonprofit organization that aims to increase public participation in politics primarily through grassroots campaign fundraising. Their grassroots political fundraising tool allows Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations to increase their individual donations and build a grassroots-funded movement. This political campaign fundraising tool allows your campaign or organization to do its own interaction and engagement while taking away the stress of fundraising logistics.…
  • Top Tips for Hiring a Nonprofit Consultant

    Posted on Jul 09, 2020 by Claire Regan

    How Do I Know Which Nonprofit Consultant Is Right for Me? 

    Anyone who has worked in the nonprofit industry for long enough will tell you that it is full of quirks and choosing the nonprofit consultant that is right for you is no easy task. Time and time again, we have nonprofit clients come to TCW after hiring the wrong firm. Every nonprofit is different, and you want to make sure you are hiring a consultant that is best suited to deal with your particular set of needs.  Here are some tips for how to hire the right nonprofit consultant for you…
  • Direct Mail Testing Is Worth the Time and Resources

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    Posted on Jul 06, 2020 by Elena Veatch

    Measure Your Impact with Direct Mail Testing

    Direct mail testing can strengthen your voter contact efforts in the long run by revealing what works and what doesn’t through concrete data. If you want to glean insights from your program, setting up an experiment is worth the time and resources, no matter the size or scope of your campaign. The worst-case scenario from testing is that your results are inconclusive—that’s a pretty great outcome when the alternative to testing is learning nothing at all. So, let’s talk about why you should test,…