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

What Can Wellstone Do for Me?

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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.

Tips for Email Organizing

Regular email communication with your supporters can be an effective way to build relationships and tell the story of your campaign – so have a calendar, and a plan, to send emails throughout the campaign as part of your digital organizing work.

  • Movement Technology
  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Fundraising
  • Tips

Getting Ready to Run: The Questions to Ask

Running for office is a time-consuming, intense and an emotional undertaking.  It is also extraordinarily important.

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Communications
  • Management/Leadership
  • Tips

Tips for Managing Your Volunteer Program

Make your volunteer asks very specific. A vague request, like “can we count on you for rallies and debates?” is too vague, and leaves room to wiggle out of it.  

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

Digital Tool Kit

For a campaign (candidate or issue-based), your online tool belt includes your website, email list, online donation processing, and social media presence. Across platforms, the key is to integrate your message and drive offline action.

  • Movement Building
  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Tips

Campaign Timeline

This timeline walks you through the multilayered – and long, if it’s done right – process of identifying and building your base, preparing to run for office, and winning your election. 

  • Movement Building
  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Fundraising
  • Management/Leadership
  • Samples

Budget Category Guide

Divide up your campaign budget to strategically use your resources effectively and efficiently. 

  • Movement Building
  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Fundraising
  • Management/Leadership
  • Samples
  • Tips

Key Paid Media Tips

Paid media is advertising that you buy to move your campaign message and connect with voters.  Your campaign may or may not have the resources to run a major paid media campaign that includes all of the elements below. 

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Communications
  • Tips

Tips for Direct Mail and Campaign Literature

Done right, direct mail is one of the most effective and efficient methods of direct voter contact with your target audience.

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Samples
  • Tips

Vote Deficit Calculator

To win, you don’t need to talk to every voter in your district. Once you have your win number, calculating your vote deficit is the next step as you plan your campaign’s targeting strategy.

  • Movement Building
  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Field & Organizing
  • Calculators

WIN Number Calculator

Everything you do during the campaign, from knocking on a door, to sending out a tweet, should be in service of reaching your win number on Election Day.

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Field & Organizing
  • Calculators

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