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 86k progressive leaders
Propelled 1,000 alumni into elected office
Guided 4,500 winning campaigns
Engaged 400 partner organizations
Inspired 26k 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.

Julie Lee

I moved to Minnesota in 1983 and I was married in 1984. For a long time, I thought my life was about carpooling to work with my husband every day, collecting a paycheck to help support our family while raising our children together; thinking that someday I would retire when my boss retired. My professional life came to a sudden stop after I was wrongfully fired from my job ...

Cynthia Kafut-Hagen

I went for training several years ago. It was invaluable for me to get the courage together to run for office. My only contact with Paul Wellstone was a letter I wrote him shortly after he won the first time. I am an artist/hairstylist living and working in Hibbing, which is in Northern Minnesota's Iron Range. Paul had made the paper because a hairstylist in the cities ...

Kate Fellman

I was an intern on the Paul Wellstone Campaign in 2002. At the time I was a new mother, working full time and trying to finish my college degree. I was so lucky to work for a Senator like Paul, who didn't always do the popular thing, but always did the right thing. Along with everyone else who worked on that campaign and his constituents, you always knew where he stood. I ...

Katie Eukel

I only met Paul Wellstone a few times, but I always thought of him as my Senator. He died before I made a career choice, but his dedicated friends and colleagues have since become some of my most valuable mentors. They've inspired me to believe that I can make an impact. In turn, I hope to inspire others. I like to think that Paul Wellstone would be pleased by this. People ...

Larry Smith

There is not a s single day that goes by when I do not think of Paul Wellstone. My name is Larry Smith, a public school educator who, like Paul, I battle Multiple Sclerosis. I am the son of 4 generations of coal miners in this nestle of Appalachia in Western Maryland. Although I never met Paul Wellstone in person, like many Americans, I feel as though he knew me. When he ...

Liv A. Anderson

When I was 9 I went into the voting booth with my mom, at the time a Republican. I noticed that she had voted for someone who was on the Democrat part of the ballot. I thought she had made a mistake. She told me that while Paul Wellstone was a Democrat he was the person she agreed with because he stood for what he believed in and supported the people in Minnesota. I was 15 ...

Eugene (Gene) M. Nichols

I did not meet Paula or Sheila, but remember the green and white bus in my south Minneapolis neighborhood, the north side of Minneapolis, and Maplewood where I worked prior to departing Minnesota in 1989. I was impressed with how Paul appealed to so many people on multiple levels. I moved to NY, and watched Minnesota politics from there for many years. I admired what Paul ...

Linda Winsor

Paul never lost touch with regular people. He always remembered the names of our children and asked how they were doing. It wasn't a formality. He deeply cared about our families and knew that he had a responsibility to work for bettering regular people's lives. Paul rarely took vacations. One year, a family vacation was planned on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Paul ...

Rhiannon Jones

Paul Wellstone is not why I got involved in politics. It's why I stayed involved. After several years working in progressive politics, I was burned out and frustrated - ready to quit. I watched Wellstone's speech on the Iraq war. Then read Conscience of a Liberal. It gave me hope. The kind of inspiration that gets you through the worst days. And still does. I remember ...

Colin McGinnis

Paul recognized that no politics can serve the needs of justice without great hope. And as a leader, he recognized that we needed strategies for hope; coupled with a vision that extends to the far neighbor as well as the near, and that recognizes much of our work will be realized only in the fullness of time, and perhaps by others.

Ten years after the tragic deaths of ...

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