econ-action update: january 10
HOW AIRLIFT PLAYS INTO MVCAN’S ELECTORAL STRATEGy: AT JANUARY'S MONTHLY MVCAN MEETING, DANNY ALTMAN AND SUSAN BOLLE PRESENTED MVCAN’S ELECTORAL PLAN FOR 2018 TO A JAM-PACKED AND EXCITED AUDIENCE. OUR VISION: A GIANT BLUE WAVE THAT SWEEPS REPUBLICANS OUT OF POWER—AND EXTENDS THE SOLID WALL OF DEMOCRATIC STATES ON THE WEST COAST TO INCLUDE NEVADA AND ARIZONA.
THERE’S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO HELP THIS VISION COME TRUE. AIRLIFT—OUR ONLINE PLATFORM THAT’S LIKE A CONSUMER REPORTS FOR SUPPORTING GRASSROOTS GROUPS—HAS A FUND THAT FITS RIGHT INTO MVCAN’S ELECTORAL STRATEGY. IT’S CALLED WEST BY SOUTHWEST.
CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, AND NEVADA TOGETHER HAVE ENOUGH WINNABLE RACES IN 2018 TO GET DEMOCRATS ONE-THIRD OF THE WAY TOWARD CONTROL OF CONGRESS. WEST BY SOUTHWEST LETS YOU INVEST IN 5 POWERFUL GROUPS: ONE EACH IN ORANGE COUNTY, SAN DIEGO, AND THE CENTRAL VALLEY, PLUS THE STRONGEST FRONT LINE GROUPS IN NEVADA AND ARIZONA.
THE TEAM WE SUPPORT IN ARIZONA, PEOPLE UNITED FOR JUSTICE, WAS BEHIND THE CAMPAIGN THAT GOT SHERIFF ARPAIO TO HANG UP HIS BADGE. YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW MOTIVATED THEY ARE TO KEEP HIM OUT OF THE SENATE!
WHEN YOU GO TO AIRLIFT.FUND, YOU ARE HELPING THE PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINES. THEY ARE THERE NOW, PREPARING THE GROUND FOR DEMOCRATIC VICTORIES IN NOVEMBER.
ECON-ACTION UPDATE: OCTOBER 7
THERE WILL BE AN IMPORTANT TEAM MEETING AT 7PM WED SEPTEMBER 11 AT THE GOOD EARTH IN MILL VALLEY. We are spreading our wings, reaching out, telling our incredible story. We are already getting thousands of dollars to the people who are on the front lines. Now we need to figure out who does what and we need to learn how to fly in formation! Please join us for this very important meeting.
ECON-ACTION UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 14
AIRLIFT IN THE HUFFINGTON POST! “If you get depressed about the state of the [Democratic National Committee], you can raise your spirits by looking at some of the sophisticated and high impact local organizing that is happening and led nearly entirely by volunteers,” said Becky Bond, a former staffer on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) presidential campaign and a longtime progressive activist who serves on Airlift’s board of advisers. “Airlift is a beautiful example of what this new wave of local community-level progressive groups are capable of.”
ECON-ACTION UPDATE: september 10
THERE WILL BE A SOFT LAUNCH OF AIRLIFT AT THE MVCAN MEETING ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH. TIME: 5:30PM. LOCATION: MILL VALLEY GOLF CLUBHOUSE, 280 BUENA VISTA AVE, MILL VALLEY. AIRLIFT IS MVCAN'S FIRST NATIONAL PROJECT. COMING ONSTREAM VERY SOON: A WEBSITE AT AIRLIFT.FUND, A DONOR PRESENTATION, AND COMPLETE INFORMATION ON ALL THE FUNDS AND INVESTMENTS. AT THE MEETING WE WILL ANNOUNCE OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS AND EVERYONE WILL GET TO MEET MATT SINGER FROM THE MOVEMENT VOTER PROJECT. HE INSPIRED THIS PROJECT AND HAS HELPED US IN SO MANY WAYS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. SEE YOU SUNDAY!
econ-action update: august 31
WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH MATT SINGER AT the MOVEMENT voter project AND BEN MALLEY AT TIDES TO CREATE A PORTFOLIO OF CONSUMER FUNDS THAT MAKE IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO GET THEIR MONEY TO HIGHLY VETTED GROUPS WORKING YEAR ROUND ON THE FRONT LINES--INSTEAD OF BASICALLY FLUSHING IT DOWN THE TOILET IN RESPONSE TO ONLINE SCARE TACTICS. ALL OF THE INVESTMENTS ARE CLOSELY TIED TO YEAR ROUND WORK IN STATES AND DISTRICTS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO WINNING BACK CONGRESS IN 2018.
THE LAUNCH DATE FOR OUR PROGRAM, WHICH WE ARE CALLING AIRLIFT, IS SEPTEMBER 10TH. THERE ARE THREE INITIAL FUNDS: WEST BY SOUTHWEST, NETWORK EFFECT, AND VOTER MOTOR--EACH WITH NO MORE THAN 5 INVESTMENTS. this is an opportunity for all of us to give our money to groups we believe in.
econ-action update: august 18
WE ARE RAPIDLY PROGRESSING TOWARDS OUR GOAL OF PRESENTING THE FIRST THREE EMERGING RESISTANCE INVESTMENT FUNDS AT OUR MVCAN SEPTEMBER MEETING ON THE 10TH. WE WILL SEE A THIRD REV OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INVESTMENTS EARLY NEXT WEEK. working with movementvote.org and the tides foundation's advocacy fund, we HAVE IDENTIFIED 3 FUNDING AREAS AND ARE ZEROING IN ON POWERFUL ORGANIZATIONS IN EACH AREA. The funds will connect with mvcan's electoral strategy (spelled out at the august 6th meeting) in a very cool way.
ECON-ACTION UPDATE: AUGUST 5
WE ARE DEVELOPING 3 FUNDS WITH THE HELP OF THE PEOPLE WHO CREATED THE SNAPSHOT OF THE EMERGING RESISTANCE. WE ARE PLANNING TO DO A SOFT LAUNCH AT THE MVCAN SEPT. 10TH MEETING. THE GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE MATT SINGER, WHO INSPIRED US TO START GOING DOWN THIS ROAD. WE WILL NEED LOTS OF HELP FINE TUNING THE STORY FOR EACH FUND, MAKING PRESENTATIONS TO POTENTIAL DONORS, CREATING THE MARKETING, BUILDING SYSTEMS TO TRACK WHAT WE'RE DOING. OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE A MILLION BUCKS IN THE NEXT YEAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT WE’RE DOING AND WANT TO HELP, CONTACT DAN@AHUNDREDMONKEYS.COM OR ROBERTACATALINOTTO@GMAIL.COM
NOTES FROM OUR JULY 10 MEETING:
ECON-ACTION UPDATE: GIVE YOUR MONEY TO GROUPS YOU BELIEVE IN.
HERE is the problem we’re solving: Donors (us) are fed up with desperate email appeals that read like hostage notes—while the real work in battleground districts and states is being done by grass roots groups who are working on a shoestring.
So stop giving your money to the consultants who come up with these deranged campaigns. They come in, take over, and don’t care who wins or loses—they win all the time.
We have developed criteria for organizations that you would love to help financially—if you only knew who they were. These are under-the-radar groups that are on the ground working all year round.
We will initially have 3 investment products with a maximum of 5 organizations in each product
All of our recommendations will be vetted by people who have expert knowledge and know the people we are backing.
We are leaning on the expertise of groups that know far more about this than we do—including the Tides Foundation and Movementvote.org.
You will know where your money is going and what it’s being used for. You can be anonymous or not, your choice.
We are planning to have our first products ready to go by September
The kickoff will be at our big MVCAN meeting September 10th. We will have a tremendous guest speaker, Matt Singer, who is a leader in Movementvote.org. He is one of the folks who are teaching us the ropes.
If you like what we’re doing and want to help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
why we're here:
1. The Economic Action team is here to answer the question: “Where can my money make the biggest difference?”
2. We are focused on finding high leverage “investment opportunities” in the emerging resistance movement.
3. These opportunities are all outside the “normal” channels of contributing to congressional campaigns and campaign committees.We are looking to reduce the amount of spending going to TV ads and shift those resources into transformative, long-term work.
4. We will screen and identify groups that have had outstanding early accomplishments, have inspired leaders and volunteers, and are organizing new constituencies.
5. All of our recommendations will focus on organizations that are preparing the ground now for electoral victories in 2018 congressional races.
MONDAY JUNE 26, 7PM: ECONOMIC ACTION TEAM MEETS in mill valley
We'll be looking at an assessment of over 200 emerging resistance groups that are doing great work but are critically underfunded. Join us! For location contact email@example.com
JUNE 19: field trip to democracy labs in sf
Danny Altman and Larry Litvak, advisor to the Economic Action team, went to a donor’s workshop in San Francisco sponsored by Democracy Labs, a project of the Advocacy Fund at the Tides Foundation. Featured speakers presented a strategic review of projects and organizations across the country that make up very promising pieces of the emerging resistance.
Some of the projects you’ve heard of, like Indivisible Guide and Grab Your Wallet, most of them you haven’t—like Notifica and Rise Stronger. They are groups that have had outstanding early accomplishments, have inspired leaders and volunteers, and are organizing new constituencies. Many of them are blazing brand new territory. The other thing they have in common: they look viable in terms of having key assets and committed leadership.
This research and vetting by some very qualified people represents a great opportunity for MVCAN and its members to help direct our giving to little-known organizations that are doing great work and can really use the money. This was a big part of our strategy and it looks like we're going to be able to make it work.
You can find out some of the juicy details at the next Economic Action team meeting on June 26th at 7pm. Please plan on joining us.
NEXT MEETING: MONDAY JUNE 26TH 7-8:30 PM. ANYONE WANT TO OFFER THEIR HOUSE AS A LOCATION?
JUNE 17: WHAT HAPPENED AT OUR FIRST MEETING
MV CAN’s new Economic Action team held its first meeting Monday, June 12th.
We have a broad theme, which is THINK WITH YOUR MONEY. And two missions: First to give expert guidance to members on how to donate to political and social action causes. Our feeling is that people give emotionally, but it’s often not strategic. Many of us want to give more, but are overwhelmed with appeals and do not have a coherent framework for giving. So we hold back.
Our second mission is to create a way for members to roll up their individual donations into larger donations that will come from MVCAN. This will give MVCAN clout in the political arena and it will help shield members from even more fundraising emails.
The group debated a two-pronged focus. First, for key political campaigns and organizations that further MV CAN’s various missions, the economic action team will work to provide an avenue for members to roll up their individual donations into a single larger donation. The rationale of rolling up donations is to give us broader exposure to the candidates and organizations. That exposure may enable us to meet with candidates/organizations to express MV CAN’s mission and its member’s goals.
The Economic Action team will also offer members well-considered guidance from highly knowledgeable sources. These sources will include the Tides Foundation and the Democracy Alliance, along with other sources we will uncover and screen. We also have secured the help of two experts on fundraising and social action as advisors to our team. Roberta Catalinotto has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for social causes. And Larry Litvak was the CFO for Working Assets and teaches social entrepreneurship at Stanford.
Our plan is to offer our guidance in an appetizing and highly readable way over social media.
Think of it as our Retail division. As well as backing this up with more serious and robust reports and seminars—this is our Advisory division. We see an audience for our work that starts with MVCAN but potentially goes far beyond it. We can offer events for people in Marin in conjunction with the Tides Foundation as a way to help and as a recruiting tool for MVCAN.
-Decide on a name for the group. Ideas discussed include, Show Me the Money. Follow the Money, Think with your Money, Economic Warriors.
-Research if other groups are already putting out similar donation advice that we can piggyback on.
-See if we can help teams with directing funds to causes in their respective domains.
-Determine the format for making the recommendations. On the website? A newsletter that is e-mailed to members? Posting on Facebook? Twitter? All of the above?
-Determine how often the recommendations are distributed.
-Create a Paypal/Bank Account for donations received from members to be rolled up into a single donation from MV CAN to a candidate or group.
-Contact the English teachers/Newspaper advisors for local high schools/colleges to solicit youth who may be interested in contributing time in exchange for volunteer credit.
-Work with MV CAN at large to come up with a means to recognize youth volunteer credit which can be used for their college applications/resume.
NEXT MEETING: MONDAY JUNE 26TH 7-8:30 PM. ANYONE WANT TO OFFER THEIR HOUSE AS A LOCATION?
JUNE 10: HOW TO MAKE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON POLITICS WITH YOUR MONEY
This is a brand new team. Get in on the ground floor! We are having our first meeting on Monday, June 12th at 7pm. For information contact Danny Altman.