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.

Sample Campaign Plan

Check out this sample plan that includes: strategy overview, targeting, campaign roles and responsibilities, message, field/voter contact, outreach, finance plan, timeline

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

Vote Deficit: Okay, Now What?

Not every voter needs to be persuaded, since not every voter is undecided. Each campaign has a base of voters who you can count on to vote for you on Election Day.

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Field & Organizing
  • Management/Leadership
  • Tips

Win Number: Okay, Now What?

Your campaign’s win number is powerful. It’s the starting point for creating a campaign plan that makes the best use of all of your resources: time, people, and money

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Field & Organizing
  • Management/Leadership
  • Tips

Voter Contact Formulas and Pricing

These  formulas for voter contact are averages and assume all volunteer labor.  The numbers in bold are for budgeting purposes; the actual number may vary depending on a number of factors – you should adjust your own budgeting accordingly.

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

Managing Phone Banks and Canvasses

An effective phone bank or canvass depends on three key factors: good management, training and supervision.  This guide will help you organize and execute a successful phone or door canvass, with well-trained and enthusiastic volunteers.

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

Tips for Campaigns Using Twitter

Twitter is many things to many people: An information network and a source for breaking news, a digital communications tool, and a conversation platform between friends, colleagues, or those with similar interests.
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  • Communications
  • Field & Organizing
  • Fundraising
  • Tips

Tips for Campaigns Using Facebook

It's one of the most used and most effective digital platforms. Using your campaign Facebook page, you can build your list, generate visibility for events and rallies, share big campaign updates, favorable articles or other campaign notes, and – of course – raise money.  

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

Hiring a Direct Mail Consultant

If your campaign is planning a large direct mail program – and your budget allows – you will want to hire a direct mail consultant with experience in political mail.

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Tips

Tips for Digital Advertising

More and more Americans live, read, shop, communicate, even date online. So if you want to reach a large number of voters, donors, volunteers and other potential supporters, your paid media plan might need to include some form of digital advertising.

  • Public & Political Leadership
  • Field & Organizing
  • Tips

Tips for Digital Organizing

Digital organizing can positively impact every part of your campaign, but it cannot be the only part of your campaign: it’s important, but it can’t achieve every campaign objective on its own.

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

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