Investing in the Courageous

A small group sat around a dining room table, weeks after the 2002 election, just months after a plane crashed, killing Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife, Sheila, his daughter, Marcia, and three members of his campaign staff – Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy, and Will McLaughlin. They sat, ate dinner, shared stories, and talked about where to go from there, because one thing was clear: there was so much work left to do.

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So, what’s the Charities Review Council?

For over a decade at Wellstone, we’ve dedicated ourselves to use every penny, of every donation, as effectively as possible. Our budget is smart, ambitious, and lean. Put another way? We’re small on overhead, big on results.

And now we have a shiny new seal to prove it.

Meeting the Charities Review Council’s Accountability Standards means that we’re a top-tier nonprofit that adheres to industry leading best practices. We invest your donations wisely, ever focused on results, always going above and beyond to be open and transparent about how your dollar is being spent.

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Hey, Thanks CREDO Members!

How do you win an election the Wellstone Way? Person by person, vote by vote. So, how does Wellstone Action raise money? Person by person, vote by vote.

CREDO recently announced it will donate over $50,000 dollars to Wellstone Action. CREDO’s decision to support us wasn’t made in the backroom by a handful of organizational leaders. No, the decision was made the Wellstone Way.

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A Professor and Organizer. Sound Familiar?

Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, a student at Carleton College in the late 1970s, stood in the campus center, frustrated and tired. As the South Africa divestment campaign of that era morphed into a broader fight to move the college towards more ethical buying and investment policies, Nicky had spent the day being pushed around by a college administration that was skeptical of student organizers and slow to change. 

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Teacher. Camper. Donor.

Louis Watanabe would tell you that his interest in politics has been part of his life for a long time, starting back in high school.

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The Decade Ahead

Ted and Amy Gavin are two of the real people behind Wellstone Action’s work in the world: splitting their time between Minnesota and Pennsylvania, leaders in the progressive movement on a national scale, and loyal supporters of a politics that will improve people’s lives, the Gavins have generously supported Wellstone’s work for half as long as we’ve been around!

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Paul Would Want It That Way

Meet Tom Sen Gupta. He believes in Wellstone Action, just as he believed in Paul and Sheila Wellstone. Tom Sen Gupta recalls Paul Wellstone from his Carleton days. His oldest daughter, Stephanie, was one of Paul’s students, and it’s she who first introduced them. “He had a deep belief in ordinary folk.”

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