The Wellstone Impact

Founded to carry forward the work of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, we arm progressives with the strategies and skills to win. We develop political leaders. We strengthen movement organizations. We ignite change.

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Trained 80k progressive leaders
Propelled 850 alumni into elected office
Guided 3,500 winning campaigns
Engaged 350 partner organizations
Inspired 25k donors

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Wellstone’s Public and Political Leadership work

Check out Wellstone’s Public and Political Leadership work. We offer training for experienced candidates, including training on how to govern as a progressive.

You should check out Wellstone’s Public and Political Leadership work.

We offer training and support for experienced campaigners, including Advanced Campaign Management School and other customized programs to help you win your campaign, the Wellstone Way.

Camp Wellstone is the program for you.

We teach candidates the nuts and bolts of running – and winning – a progressive campaign. Think of it as Campaign School 101!

Camp Wellstone is the program for you.

We teach campaign staff the nuts and bolts of running – and winning – a progressive campaign. Think of it as Campaign School 101!

Camp Wellstone is the program for you.

We teach organizers the nuts and bolts of winning progressive change on community-based issues.

Strengthening Movements for Social, Racial, Economic, and Gender Justice

As partners with Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, we work with groups strategically engaging in ballot measure initiatives to help them win progressive change and improve people's lives.

Strengthening Movements for Social, Racial, Economic, and Gender Justice

Our intensive, customized, partnership-based work is designed to create progressive change and improve people’s lives. Learn more about how Wellstone is building our movement.

Sheila Wellstone Institute

As an advocate for ending domestic violence and sexual assault, our Sheila Wellstone Institute may be right for you. We continue Sheila’s legacy to end violence in families by building power and visibility to ensure that ending violence against women is a national priority.

Strengthening Movements for Social, Racial, Economic, and Gender Justice

No significant progressive social movement has thrived without youth leadership. Our partnership-based youth work is designed to create progressive change by connecting youth training with specific campaigns and organizations. Learn more about how Wellstone is building our movement.

You should check out Wellstone’s Movement Technology work

We train progressive leaders in data and digital organizing frameworks, strategies, and tactics.

10 Sep 2012

Camp Wellstone: Maine

Building Power in the States

Movement Tech Wiki

Every one of us has walked out of a training with another long list of tools and tech recommendations. And, every one of us has, at some point, consulted our fellow organizers: “Is there a better tool for this?”
 
Introducing the Wellstone Movement Tech Wiki – a free, community-maintained resource for all things tech and organizing. Here you'll find suggestions for everything from websites and payment processors, to database tools and social media management. 
  • Movement Technology
  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Fundraising
  • Tips

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Digital Examples from Our Alumni

We get it, one of the best ways to build digital platforms - websites and social media pages - for your campaign is to look at a few effective examples from across the country. So we've decided to highlight just a few of our alumni who are building power communities online. 

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Communications
  • Samples
  • Tips

Student Organizing: Effective Meetings

Here’s where the nerves may kick in: hosting your first Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter meeting. It’s the same fear that has haunted nearly all of us since our first birthday party: what if no one shows up? 

  • Movement Building
  • Field & Organizing
  • Management/Leadership
  • Samples
  • Tips

Student Organizing: Leadership Matters

They keep your chapter relevant and active and share the responsibility of the group’s success. In the long-term, officer positions create sustainability for your chapter. They offer a leadership ladder for people to climb and gradually gain responsibilities, confidence and familiarity with your chapter so they can lead the organization after current leadership (aka: you) moves on. 

  • Movement Building
  • Field & Organizing
  • Management/Leadership
  • Samples
  • Tips

Student Organizing: Starting a Chapter on Your Campus

Although this opportunity may seem intimidating at first, all Texas Freedom Network student chapters share a structure and guidelines to help leaders like you organize on campus. This section will provide a detailed explanation of what you need to get your chapter up and running and best practices to help your chapter thrive. Let’s get started. 

  • Movement Building
  • Field & Organizing
  • Management/Leadership
  • Tips

The Organizer’s Guide to the Galaxy: Traditional Media

Beyond social media, You have one other avenue you can use to communicate your carefully crafted message: the news media (aka: reporters and journalists). Just like social media, there are best practices when interacting with the media as a leader of your Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter to make sure you accurately represent the group’s values and mission.

  • Movement Building
  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Tips

The Organizer’s Guide to the Galaxy: Social Media

Social media is a game changer, plain and simple. Digital platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow you to share information in real time and collect data from individuals to build your base. Whether you’re creating a Facebook event for an upcoming rally, live-tweeting quotes from speakers at that rally, or posting pictures of your group’s awesome rally signage on Facebook (wow – you really got behind that rally!).

  • Movement Technology
  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Tips

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