Quick facts about recommended political (501c4) community-based organizations
We have chosen to focus on five must-win states that Hillary Clinton lost--Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – and one state that Hillary Clinton won by a small margin that must remain blue: Minnesota. Clinton won Minnesota by just 1.5 percentage points; the GOP is planning to invest at least $30 million in Minnesota this year – 1000 times more than its 2016 investment – in the hopes of flipping this purple state. Winning in these states will protect two incumbent Democratic Senators, flip two Senate seats from red to blue, and provide important electoral college votes needed for victory in the presidential race. These states also present important opportunities to win state house seats and elect local leaders who will dramatically change the long-term prospects for fair redistricting and protection of important rights. Read more here about what is at stake in these key states. As the election nears, we may adjust our selection of key states, depending on how the race develops.
All the political (501c4) community-based organizations have been recommended by our donor advisers at Movement Voter Project and vetted by the Flip the Vote Leadership Team. 501c4 organizations can take political positions and directly advocate for candidates and legislation. They are all engaged in relational voter turnout (RVT), a practice focused on building and sustaining collective power through the use of peer-to-peer connections. Research in 2018 showed this method resulted in a statistically significant increase in voter turnout, especially among those populations with a lower propensity to vote. Click on the links below to learn more about these organizations’ accomplishments in 2018/2019 and their plans for 2020.
Advance Carolina is a Black-led organization in North Carolina with a mission to build political and economic power in Black communities and institutions around the state. In 2020, Advance Carolina is working to protect and promote safe voting for African-American and progressive voters.
BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing for Communities) - Rooted in Milwaukee’s core north side Black community, BLOC seeks to uplift Black citizens, leaders and business by investing in building long-term power, through taking political action and empowering Black leaders with tools to ensure their issues are represented at all levels of government. BLOC knocked 173,617 doors in 2018 and spoke to 14,278 people. They plan to expand their organizing in 2020, including supporting endorsed candidates from the local level to the Presidential race.
Detroit Action - Detroit Action is the primary community-driven organization canvassing in Metro Detroit. In 2020, their goal is to have 365,000 voter contact attempts, 60,000 voter contacts, and register 4,000 new voters. They organize in some of the most dangerous and economically depressed neighborhoods in America.
LUCHA (Living United for Change in Arizona) - LUCHA focuses on grassroots campaigns, leadership development, advocacy and civic engagement particularly in communities of color. In 2020 LUCHA’s goal is to work in 8 state legislative districts, registering 30,000 new voters and knocking on 400,000 unique doors in Pinal, Maricopa, and Coconino County.
One Pennsylvania - In 2018, One PA worked to pass one of the most far-reaching labor bills in the US. In 2019, One PA increased turnout in their wards by 6 points for the Alleghany county District Attorney race. In 2020, they will focus on 160,000 neglected voters in Philadelphia, Allegheny and Delaware Counties, with 4-6 interactions per voter. Their goal is to speak to over 200,000 voting age individuals in 2020 in Philadelphia alone.
Take Action Minnesota: In 2018, Take Action Minnesota ran a statewide narrative campaign #GreaterThanFear, which aimed to resist divisive racist politics - 8 of 10 of the candidates they supported were victorious. In 2020, their goal is to have 870,000 conversations to reach up to 235,000 votes, and electing 10-12 Democrats to the Minnesota State Senate.