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.

Thank you Wellstone Action for training me in grassroots organizing. It truly works! I am very thankful for the Native American Leadership Program as it was my path to success. t'igwicid - thank you!

Theresa Sheldon

Elected Member of the Tulalip Tribes Council

Pam Costain

Paul Wellstone: Always a Teacher

I was nineteen years old in 1969 when Paul Wellstone arrived on the Carleton Campus. A short muscular man with a huge mop of curly hair, Paul took the campus by storm. His passionate belief in activism and social justice made this new political science professor an instant sensation with students. We flocked to his classes, mesmerized by ...

Dan Hoxworth

Here is the rationale for the Congressional Living Memorial being Neighborhood House as I prepared for submission. I thought it is important for you to have this for your archives. The whole design of the Wellstone Center was based on the theme of "embrace" the immigrant and refugee communities.

Rationale: Neighborhood House was founded by the women of Mount Zion ...

Sally Miller

As a girl from small town Minnesota, the thought of working in the United States Senate in Washington, DC for my rabble rousing hero Senator Paul Wellstone was beyond belief. I started answering the front office phones for the Senator just 2 months after graduating from College and for the next 8 years, I worked the spectrum of crazy campaign and senate office jobs for ...

Teresa Tanzi

I did not ever have the honor of meeting Paul or Sheila, but I must say Senator Wellstone was an inspiration to me as I began my career in public policy. When I found out there was a training program to help candidates run for office, I instantly knew there was no other campaign that I would want to model my own after than his. I ordered the book, read it from cover to ...

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 ...

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