When people think of fundraising, they often picture big-money events with tuxedos and champagne in sight of the U.S. Capitol. Did you know the median donor to Swing Left District Funds has given just $25?
The most effective fundraising actually happens locally, at clubs, bars, restaurants and our own homes. You and your personal network—and thousands of people like you across the country—can beat the big money Republicans at their own game. And we can have a lot more fun doing it!
You can also put a twist on the traditional fundraiser, and have your candidate or representative Skype in and be a virtual attendee. A local group did this in 2018 for a coffee with the candidate, and asked for $25 donations. Remember the power of small donations!
Fundraising is one of the most important—and strategic!— things you can do to take back *all* the houses in 2020.
Swing Left gives you the tools you need to help Democrats win in critical swing states. Swing Left has a “campaign in waiting” model, which stays neutral until the primary. We know that after primaries, candidates are usually low on cash. And that’s when Republican-aligned dark money groups will start hammering our candidates with negative ads, hoping to define them before they even start their general election campaigns.
We want to make sure our candidates hit the ground running in the general election and don’t get outspent by their Republican opponents all the way through to Election Day!
Start with the new Swing Left Host Guide and the Swing Left Grassroots Fundraising Toolbox. We also have some fun menu ideas, and alternatives to traditional, meet-the-candidate fundraisers (see resource section below).
Be sure to check out our quick guide on FEC reporting and donation limits to make sure you have all the information you need to be an expert fundraiser!
Are you raising or spending your own money as you go about fundraising? If so, check out this guide before you get started.
Find an Event Venue
- Most folks host events in their home. If you are uncomfortable listing your home address, you can put address supplied with RSVP. You can also choose whether to make Action Network events public or private.
- Looking for a public venue? Check out our guide to Greater Boston area event venues
Create a Fundraising Page
- Candidates and causes: Act Blue Community Form
- Swing Left Senate Fund
- Swing Left individual fundraising pages (note: Swing Left is updating this page)
- Tip: when you are setting donation amounts, remember, it does not have to be fancy or expensive! It is all about the power of small donations.
- Email Susan Labandibar at email@example.com for existing Swing Left Greater Boston fundraising links, and advice
- Be sure to include the district or candidates name (if applicable) in the event title. Example: Board Game Night Fundraiser for FL-15, Postcard Party for KY-06, Texting for GA-06, Fundraiser for Swing Left Senate Fund, etc.
- Location. You can put RSVP for address, and choose whether to make Action Network events public or private.
- Include fundraising link in your Action Network event
- Need assistance? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Promote Your Event
- Swing Left Promotion Guide
- Let us know about your event! Fill out our event form, so we can put it on the Swing Left Boston event calendar and possibly the weekly newsletter.
- Contact us
- Swing Left Greater Boston has a mailing list of frequent donors to candidate fundraising events. Email Susan Labandibar at email@example.com
- List your event on the Indivisible MA calendar
- Promote your event with our publicity checklist
- Swing Left Host Guide
- Swing Left Grassroots Fundraising Toolbox
- Sample menus
- Fun menu ideas, and alternatives to traditional, meet-the-candidate fundraisers
- Party shop/loaner items
- Dishes, cutlery, decorations, and more
- Sign in sheets
- Email us a cell phone picture or scan post-event (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will return a spreadsheet
- Campaign contributions
- Indivisible MA tips for organizing events and recruiting volunteers