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 70k progressive leaders
  • Propelled 800 alumni into elected office
  • Guided 3,400 winning campaigns
  • Engaged 350 partner organizations
  • Inspired 23k donors

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Camp Wellstone

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Camp Wellstone is the program for you. We teach future candidates the nuts and bolts of running – and winning – a progressive campaign. Think of this as Candidate School 101!

Camp Wellstone

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! 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

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Camp Wellstone is the program for you. We teach community organizers the nuts and bolts of winning progressive change on community-based issues. We believe that the only way to build progressive power is in partnership with others –not by ourselves. So if you’re connected to a group of people who want to make real change on a particular issue in your community, Camp Wellstone’s the place for you.

Movement-Building Project

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Our Movement-Building Project may be the program for you. This intensive, partnership-based work is designed to build powerful, long-term movements that create progressive change.

Advanced Campaign Management School

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Advanced Campaign Management School may be the program for you. This intensive training, usually offered every odd year, runs on an application-only basis and is designed to hone the skills of those who have previous significant campaign leadership experience.

Labor Training Program

Thank you for your interest in Wellstone Action! Our Labor Training Program may be right for you. Using customized curricula, we partner with labor organizations across the country that are committed to organizing and developing new leaders and moving a progressive, pro-worker agenda.

Campus Camp Wellstone

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Campus Camp Wellstone may be the program for you. This weekend training teaches students and youth movement leaders how to run – and win – on the issues that matter most. We focus, in particular, on campus and community organizing, young voter engagement, and other customized trainings.

Native American Leadership Program

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Our Native American Leadership program may be right for you. Our all-Native training team provides culturally relevant curricula, usually in partnership with tribes, on leadership development and civic engagement, as well as technical support to create a pipeline of Native leaders ready to assume key leadership positions in our communities.

Sheila Wellstone Institute

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! 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.

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Camp Wellstone: Maine

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. 

  • 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? 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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!).

  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Tips

The Organizer’s Guide to the Galaxy: Message in a Bottle

When’s the last time a book made you laugh out loud? Or a movie made you ugly cry in public? (happens to the best of us). Chances are you empathized with compelling characters, related to a struggle integral to the plot, or were shocked by a twist you didn’t see coming. Bottom line: you were moved.

  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Samples
  • Tips

The Organizer’s Guide to the Galaxy: Strategic Planning

The radical right’s attacks on Texans’ religious freedoms, individual liberties and public schools certainly provide more than enough fodder for outrage. Unfortunately, righteous indignation alone has never achieved a progressive victory. Rather, disciplined strategies supported by diverse tactics are necessary for raising awareness, rallying others and creating change. 

  • Field & Organizing
  • Management/Leadership
  • Infographics
  • Tips

Building Your Power: Organizing 101

To fight back against the radical right we have to recognize, utilize and integrate three critical components: community organizing, electoral politics and public policy. This is how we build our power. Wellstone Action, an organization committed to working with groups nationwide to achieve progressive change, calls this approach the Wellstone Triangle:

  • Field & Organizing
  • Infographics
  • Tips

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