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VAN Training

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Whether you are fresh to grassroots organizing or a veteran seeking to learn more, now is the perfect time to master VAN, the base of the modern field campaign.

Join Democratic GAIN on Tuesday, March 29th at 3:00 pm EST for its first round of Toolset Tuesday trainings.

Also known as Votebuilder, maintaining a voter database is easier than ever with VAN, where you can combine all of your field needs into one easy to use program. Our 3 hour intensive and hands-on training will teach you everything you need to know to hit the ground running on your next campaign. VAN staff themselves will walk you through the various tools that you need to know in order to be successful.

Make sure to sign up early, only the first 40 registrants will get access to the VAN demo site. Can’t make it to our offices? Like usual, this training will be available for you via webinar! Have any questions? Send an email to brian@democraticgain.org.

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Responsible Networking

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, March 16, 2011

As mentioned before, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. While it’s the perfect chance to get connected with a host of new people, don’t forget to watch your consumption. Alcohol and networking go hand in hand in DC. However, if you’re not careful, you can do more harm than good but taking part in happy hours or get togethers. Know your limits. It’s not a rush – it’s about taking the time to make personal connections!

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Your Week Ahead!

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First and foremost, make sure to sign up for "List Building for Fundraising Success” webinar today at Noon! Register here and get ready to up the ante on your ability to bring in the capital (even if you’re not in the Capital!). It’s only $5 to attend, and is completely free for paid members. Click here to register!

As if you didn’t already know, Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. Known for his snake-banishing and being the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick is also the patron saint of networking! Yes indeed, with everyone heading out for some sort of festivities, Thursday is the perfect chance to get out and meet some new connections and friends. Draft plans for a dinner party or make reservations for your favorite pub early, because schedules and taverns are going to fill up fast. Check out this list for a sample of the many events going on!

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Work on the Frontlines of Wisconsin, Part 2

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Thursday, March 10, 2011

Given the events of last night, the battleground in Wisconsin has exploded. Passions on the progressive side are more heated than ever, and the Smithsonian has even sent a curator to start recording the historical events taking place. This is the perfect chance for a progressive operative to leap into the fray, work in a unique political environment, and take part in the epic showdown.

Besides Wisconsin Progress, another progressive organization is hiring staff for the Recall Effort. Advancing Wisconsin has job postings for: Administration & Data Specialist, Field Organizer, Regional Field Director. If you are interested in being a Field Organizer in North-East Wisconsin and can be there by March 17th, send an e-mail with your cover letter and resume to brian@democraticgain.org.

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Work on the Frontlines of Wisconsin, Part 1

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Anyone who has turned on a TV in the last few weeks has seen Wisconsin has become the frontline of the struggle for workers’ rights and progressive values. While the fleeing of the Wisconsin-14 may have stalled Walker’s budget from passing, only a strong recall effort will prevent it from doing so.

Wisconsin Progress is hiring field organizers for the Recall Effort. This is a perfect chance for any operative to be part of history and find work by helping the Wisconsin-based progressive organization remove Republican State Senators. Check out Wisconsin Progress’ Facebook Post about the job, here, and their website, here. Make sure to check out GAIN’s past webinars to polish your resume and interviewing skills before you send your resume!

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List Building for Fundraising Success!

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Whether you’re sitting down with your candidate for the first time, or are the candidate yourself, getting the ball rolling on fundraising is both the first and one of the most crucial steps of your campaign. You may know of folks who are willing to give you money, but it takes strong organizational skills to get your thoughts mapped out and ready to go.

Democratic GAIN, along with Michelle Stephenson, (State Legislative Manager of NGP VAN) and Selene Hofer-Shall (Managing Partner at Theseus Advisors and DFA trainer) is putting on a webinar regarding this very topic. It will cover: an overview of how and why list building is important for your campaign; how to best use the lists you have; how to create and build new lists; how to prospect and connect with certain donors; and more!

This opportunity is perfect for anyone looking to get into the fundraising scene, as well as anyone looking to hone their skills.

Space is limited so sign up to reserve your spot – it’s FREE for dues paying members of GAIN, and only $5 for everyone else.

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This Week’s DC Happenings

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Monday, March 7, 2011

With all of this talk of networking, sometimes it helps to see where the big events will be for the week. Thankfully such lists can be found through various listservs! Here’s some of the more interesting happenings going on this week.

On Wednesday, March 9th, a reception is being held for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. At the Capitol Visitor Center, Room 202/203 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. E-mail wtawney@ducks.org to RSVP.

Thursday, March 10th brings about many interesting events. The reception for the 3-day National Bike Summit will be held at Dirkson G-50 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. RSVP bikeleague@bikeleague.org if you are interested. Around the same time, the National Fish & Wildlife/ Audubon Society Reception will be happening at the Organization of American States at 17th St & Constitution Ave NW. RSVP here if interested.

Perhaps the most exciting of Thursday’s events, at 6:00 pm the 3rd annual "Congressional Hockey Challenge” Charity Ice Hockey Game to benefit the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club and Ice Arena will be held at the Verizon Center. For only $10 you can see Lawmakers like Senator John Kerry take on K Street Lobbyists on the ice. Check out this link for more information!

Finally, on Friday, March 11th. Nomi Networks is presenting V-Day DC's "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer" 2011. Notable DC women present world-renown writers’ monologues in a show dedicated to exposing and breaking down violence against women. Check out here for more info!

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Registration Open for Speed Networking: Think Tanks and Policy

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ready to get off the campaign trail and use what you learned in college from those all-nighters? Do you want to get your hands dirty and get into crafting and analyzing policy?

Jobs are always popping up in think tanks and policy organizations, no matter if it’s a campaign cycle. However, the field is very competitive, especially with today’s job market. You will need that extra push to land yourself a position inside if one of these groups!

That’s why next Thursday GAIN is hosting Speed Networking: Think Tanks and Policy! In short, it’s a blitz of meeting and getting connected with representatives from some big names in policy. Participants will include: Rebecca Barson - Policy Analyst, Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Jake Berliner -Deputy Policy Director, NDN ; Hilary Doe - National Director, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network; and Danielle Lee - Assistant to the VP, Communications, The Brookings Institution. Additional names are being added in the coming week, so stay tuned for more!

You can find the registration link here. But be aware, space is limited and will fill up very fast. Don’t delay and register as soon as possible if you wish to attend. While you’re add it, become a paid GAIN member and get discounts on this and other GAIN events, as well as other great perks!

So brush off that suit, polish your resume, and sign up for Speed Networking!

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Pouncing into March

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We all learned in Kindergarten that "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” To show the old saying is false, GAIN is bursting into March like the king of the political jungle… and not stopping! Here’s just a teaser of some of the great programs coming up all month:

Speed Networking: Think Tanks & Policy: Get ready for the next round of GAIN’s matchmaking evenings! Test your ability to drop your elevator pitch, make contacts, and pull information from representatives from some of the leading think tank and policy organizations in The Beltway.

List Building for Fundraising Success: Whether you are already rooted into the financial sector of political work or are interested in turning yourself into a fundraiser to be reckoned with, this webinar will give you a crash course on how to build your fundraising lists using the latest technology available. It will also cover how best to utilize it to get the most out of your prospective donors.

Toolset Tuesdays: Stay tuned for more information on GAIN’s upcoming weekly training series on online toolsets. These are a MUST for anyone looking to make their resume shine!

You can find these opportunities and more on our Events Calendar. Keep checking this blog and the GAIN website for registration announcements, coming soon!

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Go To Law School For FREE!

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, March 1, 2011

If you are in the mindset that now might be the perfect time to go back school, there are many opportunities out there for you! Many law schools offer scholarships and programs to activists dedicated to progressive causes and social justice.

For example, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law offers the three-year full-tuition Advocate for Justice Scholarship. As long as you are an individual dedicated to making the world a better place, have real world experience, and strong academic success, this is the perfect chance to get your law degree.

But you don't have to take my word for it, here’s what they say about the offer:

"High achievers of all ages with a commitment to social justice: Are you interested in law school but think you can't afford it?

Full tuition law school scholarships are available that make it possible to get a law degree tuition-free, in order to continue your career in the pursuit of social justice.The scholarship is from a public interest-oriented institution, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, for applicants with academic ability and a proven commitment to advocating for justice, especially those who are more than a few years out of college with "real world" experience.

The scholarships are funded by students, alumni, faculty members, administrators and friends of the School of Law, in order to attract applicants with a proven track record of commitment to justice, who are committed to using their law degrees as advocates for justice. The goal is to permit students to graduate dramatically less burdened by student loans, freeing them to continue jobs and careers in the fields of public interest, public policy and public service law.”

If this looks like something you are interested in, click here to apply or get more information about the scholarship!

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