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So you want to be a finance assistant?

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In 2012, there are races up and down the ballot. President Obama will be leading a ticket that will include U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Governors, state legislators, and municipal officials. What’s the one thing all of these campaigns have in common?

They all need to raise money.

If you’re looking for a job during the 2012 cycle right now, fundraising and finance is your best shot for joining a campaign. Fundraising is essential for building up any campaign organization. Campaigns need to raise money to hire staff, rent office space, and convince potential supporters that a candidate can seriously compete for the office they are seeking.

This is where NGP comes in. NGP’s fundraising and finance software is a staple of the modern Democratic campaign. It’s a powerful database that allows you to keep track of your donors, pledges, and donations. It will help you organize your campaign’s finance plan and make sure you’re not wasting valuable call time or leaving money on the table.

Trying to run a modern campaign without finance software is tough. NGP’s software is some of the best on the market and knowing how to use it can help you get a job in campaign fundraising. Democratic GAIN will be offering a training on NGP next week. Come get to know one of the most powerful toolsets in progressive politics. Get the skills you need to be a Finance Assistant. It’s a training that you won’t want to miss.

Sign up here.

Tags:  2012  Finance  Finance Assistant  Fundraising  NGP 

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Raise Money and Win Races with Aristotle 360

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Anyone who has worked on a campaign understands the important role money and fundraising play in winning races. That makes the tools you use to help run your finance operation critical to the success of your campaign. This is where Aristotle 360 comes in.

Democratic GAIN will be offering a training session on Aristotle’s 360 toolset. Come check it out and see what this software can do for your next finance operation.

Aristotle 360 will automatically format call sheets and allow you to sort them based on criteria you want – high dollar donors, residents of a certain town, occupation – and help your candidate raise money. 360 also allows you to search for donations any person has made to other candidates at the Federal and State level. That means if John Q. Donor usually gives you $500, but he gives more to other candidates, you’ll know to increase your ask and avoid leaving money on the table.

Looking to work on campaigns but concerned about your skills? Anyone completing this training will be GAIN Finance Assistant Certified on the Aristotle 360 tool. That’s a leg up when applying for that finance assistant position on a race using Aristotle’s software.

If you’re looking to jump on a race as a finance assistant in 2012 or want to expand your repertoire of skills, then you won’t want to miss this training.

Sign up today!

Tags:  Aristotle  Finance  Finance Assistant  Toolset Training 

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Join ActBlue next Tuesday!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Planning on doing fundraising this election cycle?

Then ActBlue is a tool you need to know! Don't forget to register for GAIN's ActBlue Toolset Training next Tuesday at 4:30 PM in DC and via webinar. The training is a great opportunity to get an in depth look into what ActBlue is, how it works, and how to get started raising money with it right now!

Register here - in person space limited!

Tags:  finance  fundraising  training 

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EMILY's List Campaign Job Fair

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, August 17, 2009
(NOTE:  this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but it is a great opportunity, so we are passing the word along)

Many campaigns are currently looking for finance staff.  EMILY's List is working with senatorial, congressional, and gubernatorial races as well as down ballot and state legislative campaigns across the country to find them qualified staff just like you. If you have finance experience and are looking for a finance role on a campaign, this is the event for you!

EMILY's List finance trackers and Job Bank staff will be available to discuss opportunities with folks looking to do finance on campaigns on Monday, August 31st, 2009 from 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Find the details and how to RSVP below!

Please note: This is for people with a minimum of internship experience in finance and for people willing to relocate. This is not for positions with EMILY's List or in the Washington, DC area.

EMILY’s List Campaign Job Fair
Monday, August 31, 2009
10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
1120 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Suite 1100- the 11th Floor

Please RSVP by emailing your resume to and typing Job Fair in the subject line. If you have any questions regarding the job fair please call Kari Lundstad-Vogt, Job Bank Coordinator, at 202-419-3178. We hope to see you on Monday!

Tags:  finance  get a job  networking 

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Thank you Rachel!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Yesterday's Advanced Finance Training Seminar with Rachel Hirschberg was great (if I do say so myself).  Having been working in political and non-profit fundraising for 15 years, Rachel was able to give the participants valuable "real life tips" to help them forge ahead in their finance careers. 

Joining Rachel was Johanna Berkson from the DCCC to not only share her experience, but give insider tips from the frontline congressional races. 

I sat through the whole 2 hours wishing I'd been able to attend this session when I was starting my finance career.  Just hearing about the difference between the "Cadillac Plan" (which is everyone's goal), and reality was so helpful. 

From how to manage call time to working with your campaign manager, Rachel's insight was helpful, interesting and often very funny.

One of the participants, Joel Z. noted after the seminar: "It was great to hear and compare issues and concerns similar to my own experiences from the panel and participants.  It clarified and solidified much of what I learned working in finance during the last cycle and I'm excited to find my next race and start fighting again."

I would like to personally thank Rachel and Johanna and all of the participants for joining us.  I very much hope to bring more of these "small group discussion training seminars" to our members throughout this year.  So, stay tuned...

Tags:  finance  fundraising  training 

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