We Are Igniting Change
We wake up every day hungry to make change in our communities. We build the leadership and capacity to deliver progressive change, the Wellstone Way: one activist, one candidate, and one organization a time.
Over the past 10 years, we’ve...
- trained 55,000 progressives
in all 50 states
- propelled 600 alumni into elected office
- prepared the leaders of 3,000 winning campaigns
- and partnered with over 350 frontline organizations to advance our progressive agenda
We’ve grown a lot over the past ten years. But one thing will never change: our focus on developing authentic leaders at all levels of government. Here are just a few Wellstone electeds:
Hundreds of organizations from across the country partner with us to advance our progressive agenda. They include:
“I looked at a lot of leadership development organizations. But with Wellstone Action, I found a partnership that was absolutely the right fit for the kind of values-based curriculum we wanted to build for immigrants, by immigrants. It’s been forward looking, it’s been incredibly collaborative, and it’s been a fantastic partnership, it just clicked.”
“Our 10-year partnership with Wellstone Action made it clear that they understand and live this approach. They are the training organization we knew could operate at the scale of a national program. Wellstone was a critical partner and, without their help, we would not have realized such a rich reward of new leaders, activists, and motivated members.”
“Wellstone Action's partnership with Campus Progress has proven to be an absolutely vital part of our work to give young people the skills and experience they need to promote bold, generational, progressive solutions for their community, state, and country.”
“Soup to nuts, Wellstone Action is doing great things. They produce wonderful trainings, and people who come out of them are very successful. I’m not just saying that, you can objectively test against that; work that comes out of Wellstone Action is successful, usable, and practical, and you can prove that with the people who come out of their trainings.”
“For those who truly want to make a difference, Wellstone Action's Advanced Campaign Management School provides the tools and a broad understanding of what it takes to make an impact and improve people’s lives.The core of our campaign was the idea that through personal conversations, we could create a respectful dialogue that was authentic and real. And we knew if we could do that, we could win.”
“We came to Wellstone for a very particular reason –digging deeper into Wellstone’s core values of authentic leadership, of change rooted in community, of winning on what matters. What most inspires us to work with Wellstone is your model of organizing: developing long-term leaders, winning elections, moving issues. Your vision and values are as important as your core content, and it’s why we look to you as our key strategic partner.”
“We must also put forward our own positive, proactive ideas that will - as Paul Wellstone said - improve people's lives. Together, BISC and Wellstone Action bring the strategy and skills we need to reclaim ballot measures from the right and return them to their progressive roots.”
We’ve ignited change
on some of the most pressing issues of our time:
Thanks to our Movement-Building Project, we’ve trained hundreds of first- and second-generation immigrants to run for office. We’ve worked with voter and community engagement campaigns to ensure that frontline immigrants’ rights organizations are positioned for victory.
From Teachers Unions to Teamsters, we’ve helped organized labor create a strong and strategic movement to stand up for workers and their families, beating back anti-worker rhetoric and so-called “right to work” laws. Michigan to Florida, Wisconsin to Nevada, we work at the epicenter of the fight for workers’ rights, and empower unions with a framework to thrive.
Growing Native Leaders
Paul Wellstone was a close ally of Indian Country, and our Native American Leadership Program strengthens the capacity of Native leaders through trainings rooted in the community’s natural connection to organizing and storytelling. Our work stretches from communities in Washington State to New York and from Arizona to North Dakota.
Several of the country’s senior campaign staffers have turned to Wellstone trainings to help them win on key ballot initiatives, including marriage equality. And our own Wellstone staff and trainers have guided historic victories for LGBTQ equality in states from Minnesota to Maine.
There’s nothing more fundamental to our democracy than protecting the rights of every voter. At Wellstone Action, we work with organizations who are dedicated to protecting and expanding voting rights for every American. And we win.
Ending Domestic Violence
The Sheila Wellstone Institute continues Sheila’s commitment to building power and engaging broad community support to ensure that ending violence against women and children is a national priority.