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Wellstone Action! Advanced Campaign Management School

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Friday, September 23, 2011

"The future will not belong to those who sit on the sidelines. The future will not belong to the cynics. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Paul Wellstone

Wellstone Action! is a national center for training and leadership development in the progressive movement. Their mission is to honor the legacies of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by training, educating, mobilizing, and organizing a network of progressive individuals and organizations that will fight for change in our country. That’s where the Advanced Campaign Management School comes in.

The Advanced Campaign Management School at Wellstone Action! is geared toward people with past electoral experience who want to take their skills to the next level. This intensive five-day training is designed for individuals with a high level of past electoral experience who will be playing leadership roles in the 2012 elections. The Advanced Campaign Management School is an investment in the future of the progressive movement and will teach participants the skills and fundamentals of winning campaigns.

Learn what it takes to run an organized and effective voter contact program. Work with the team at Wellstone Action! to learn how to craft a winning message. Find out how paid and earned media can most effectively help your campaign deliver its message to voters.

Democratic GAIN members are able to receive 10% their tuition for the Wellstone Action! Advanced Campaign Management School. The next training will be held in Baltimore, MD on December 3-7, 2011.

Click here to get off the sidelines and get into the fight!

Tags:  2012  Baltimore  Campaign Manager  Campaigns  Paul Wellstone 

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Every campaign has been there before.

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It’s GOTV weekend and you’ve only got 72 hours to contact your supporters before the final push on election day. You’ve got to recruit volunteers for your phone banks, cut lists to call, and track your contact rate. It’s no easy task.

This is where Switchboard Communications comes in. They can give you the tools your campaign needs to recruit volunteers, build for events, ID supporters, get out the vote, and get a leg up on your competition.

Switchboard’s tools allow campaigns to manage an automated phone operation online and independently. Recording calls, choosing your call universe and implementing your plan is as easy as the click of a button.

If you’ve ever done field work, tried to build a crowd for an event, or even volunteered at a phone bank, then you should come to this training and learn how Switchboard Communications can make your next phone operation a success.

Join Democratic GAIN for our Switchboard Communications Toolset Training and learn how you can make your next field operation easier.

Sign up today!

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Sis U Bootcamp

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Friday, September 16, 2011

Hey, ladies!

Are you suffering from a nasty case of "the shoulds?” Do you find yourself doing more of what you think you should do instead of what you want to do? You’re not alone and the Hot Momma’s Project has a half-day seminar for you that will build your confidence and empower you to achieve your goals.

At the Sis U Bootcamp, a range of important topics will be covered. Want to understand how women raise GDPs and company profits? Are you looking for a way to neutralize your own confidence crisis? Sis U will help women solve problems, improve their lives, and reach higher for their goals. Signing up for the Sis U Bootcamp will also help you teach what you learn to other women – because a rising tide lifts all boats.

Founded in 2002 by Kathy Korman Frey, Harvard Business School MBA and professor of Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership at the George Washington School of Business, The Hot Mommas Project is "Confidence 101" for young women and their champions.

Dues paying members of Democratic GAIN can attend Sis U for $50.00 off the registration price. Click here to sign up!

Tags:  Conference  Confidence  Training  Women 

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What kind of Salsa do you want?

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Medium? Chunky? Mild?

How about flexible, affordable, and complete with everything you need to organize and communicate with your supporters, activists, and donors? That’s the kind of Salsa we’re talking about.

In case you’re not familiar, Salsa is a one-stop platform that organizations, campaigns, and companies use for online organizing, advocacy, fundraising, and communications. It’s all tied together with a common database that gives organizers a bird's eye view of their entire community. If you or your staff are currently using Salsa--or if you want to add this to your set of skills--then this training is a must.

What kind of organizations use Salsa? Daily Kos, the Missouri Democratic Party, and California Governor Jerry Brown’s 2010 campaign are just three of the over 3000 organizations and campaigns that use Salsa’s organizing platform.

We’re also very excited to announce that all participants who complete this training will become Mild Salsa Certified - the first officially recognized certification for users of Salsa who demonstrate mastery of the standard Salsa skill set. This certification will be publicly visible on Salsa's Commons community and can be used to identify as a knowledgeable Salsa user. That’s a marketable skill that can set you apart in your next interview.

Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Tags:  Advocacy  Organizing  Salsa  Salsa Labs  Toolset  Training 

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Take Back the American Dream Conference

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Friday, September 9, 2011

Are you fired up and ready to go for the 2012 election cycle? You’re not alone. All across the country, progressives are laying the groundwork for Democratic gains next year. If you’re looking to meet fellow progressive activists, network with other political operatives and help build the progressive movement, then the Take Back the American Dream Conference is where you need to be this fall.

The Campaign for America’s Future has partnered with hundreds of other groups to bring together America's finest progressive leaders, thinkers, organizers and activists. The conference organizers are also offering Democratic GAIN members a discounted registration rate to attend the Take Back the American Dream Conference!

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working in progressive politics to gear up for the 2012 elections. The "Take Back the American Dream” conference is being held in Washington, DC on October 3-5, 2011.

We hope to see you there! Visit GAIN’s Member Discounts page to sign up at the reduced rate.

Tags:  Conference  DC  Discounts  Membership  Networking 

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YouTube Campaign Bootcamp

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The perfect YouTube moment is something all campaigns are searching for. The flawless, on message exchange with a voter. The devastating one liner delivered during a debate. The catchy and engaging short video that sticks in a voter’s mind until Election Day. Or maybe your campaign’s tracker will catch your opponent brewing a cup of tea that is a little too strong for the average voter.

Do you want to learn how to make your candidate’s YouTube channel pop, create the next smash video and engage with supporters in a meaningful way in the next election cycle? The YouTube Campaign Bootcamp next Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington, DC is where you need to be!

This free one-day training will get your campaign up to speed on the platform and tools you need to find donors, sign up volunteers, and persuade voters.

Click here to register.

Tags:  Campaigns  learn from pros  networking event  skills building  training  Youtube 

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GAIN is coming to Boston!

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Need to scratch that campaign itch in 2012? Well, if you’re in the Boston area, GAIN is going to be in town for a resume drop next Thursday, September 8th.

If you are interested in working on a campaign during the 2012 election cycle and want to find out what kinds of jobs are available, this is the perfect opportunity to get all your questions answered. If you want to get your resume into the right hands in Washington, this is the event for you.

GAIN’s Development Director Kari Lundstad-Vogt will be there to collect resumes. If you’re going to be in Boston next Thursday, stop by and pass your resume along to the people who can help you get out on the campaign trail in 2012!

Register to reserve a spot!

Tags:  2012  Boston  Campaigns  resume drop  resumes 

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Hey Interns!

Posted By Genna Schwartz, GAIN Intern, Friday, July 29, 2011

Hey interns!

Ready to get paid, or at least get paid more? GAIN understands that going from an internship to a career in politics can be difficult, and we’re here to help!

We’re bringing you Courtney Sieloff with Revolution Messaging, and the founder of JobsThatAreLEFT, as well as Tom Manatos with the DNC and founder of his own self-titled listserv! These two will have tons of valuable advice about how to succeed in politics, you won’t want to miss!

We will also be discussing how to get your political resume absolutely perfect, and how to write a remarkable cover letter. As well as how to get the most out of your current internship, networking, and what your next steps should be.

We hope to see you there - Register here!

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  get a job  job seeking  networking  training 

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PayPal Training Today!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Last chance!

Sign up to attend today's PayPal Toolset Training!

We'll walk you through how to add PayPal to your methods of payment so you can increase your fundraising by double digits! This training will go over how to add a PayPal button on your site and what exactly happens when you take money through PayPal. This is a must for anyone looking to fundraise for the next cycle!

Register here for the training at 4:30 PM EST today!

Tags:  training 

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Join us for a beer tonight!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Woah - it's hot out there!! Come on outta the heat tonight and join GAIN for some cold frosty beer!

Then come on out to join us tonight from 6 - 8pm at Public Bar for our Young Professional Beer Tasting Event!

Details can be found here -- registration is now closed but you can buy a ticket at the door. Your $50 ticket buys you 4 beers and access to network with a bunch of fabulous DC young professionals! AND you get to support Democratic GAIN and the work we do for YOU!

Join us tonight!

Tags:  events  Happy hour  networking 

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