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Your Fundraising Superpower

If you're just dipping your toes into the political waters, you might feel a bit daunted when it comes to fundraising. Raising mega bucks from big corporations or wealthy individuals might seem like the only way to fill your campaign coffers. But guess what? There's another way, one that's more in line with the spirit of democracy: grassroots fundraising.

When we talk about grassroots fundraising, we're talking about raising funds from the ground up - a little here, a little there - mainly from small donations given by everyday folks. Sounds underwhelming? Well, think again. Grassroots fundraising is far from just spare change. It's about engaging with your community, building relationships, and gradually amassing a war chest that's powered by the people, not just the elite.

Here's why grassroots fundraising is a superpower:

It’s people-powered.

It relies on a broad base of supporters, each chipping in what they can. This means it's not just about the money; it's about growing your base of support and creating a community around your campaign. It's about conversations and connections, not just contributions.

It’s democratic.

By relying on small donations, you're ensuring that your campaign is accountable to the many, not just the few. You're saying, loud and clear, that this is a campaign by the people, for the people.

It’s sustainable.

Unlike major donations, which can be one-off, small donors are more likely to become repeat donors. They’re invested in your campaign, they follow your progress, and they’re more likely to chip in again when they can.

So, how do you get your grassroots fundraising off the ground?

It all starts with telling your story and sharing your vision. People don't just donate to campaigns; they donate to people and causes they believe in. Make your narrative genuine, make your vision inspiring. Be honest, be real, be you.

Then, make time for call time. Call time might not be the most exciting part of campaigning, but it's an essential part of fundraising, especially grassroots fundraising. Dedicate regular hours each week to personally reach out to potential donors. This not only helps in soliciting donations but also provides a valuable opportunity to listen to your supporters, understand their concerns, and build stronger connections.

And lastly, appreciate every donation, no matter how small. Send a thank you message, acknowledge their support publicly (if they're comfortable with it), and keep them updated about your campaign. Remember, a small donor today could become a major supporter tomorrow.

Grassroots fundraising isn't just about raising funds; it's about building a movement. So, don't be disheartened if you don't see big bucks rolling in right away. Be patient, be persistent, and remember - it's not just about the money; it's about the community you're building along the way.

If the thought of fundraising is overwhelming to you, don't fret. We've built resources, like the Campaign Readiness Checklist, to help you with all aspects of running a competitive campaign with confidence - including fundraising!

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