Building Your Network: Donors, Volunteers, & Validators

Building Your Network: Donors, Volunteers, & Validators

About the Course

You’re not going to win your election on your own. Successful candidates cultivate their full network of friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors, and newfound supporters — and organize those folks to help them implement their campaign plan. In this course, you identify the people and organizations who will help you reach the voters you need to win.

When to Take This Course

Take this course as soon as you decide to run–or even while you’re still considering your options–because it’s never too early to start growing and organizing your network.

Take Aways

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create lists of these people and organizations
  • Research and prioritize those lists
  • Identify the ways you will ask them to help your campaign–by endorsing (or validating) you, volunteering and/or donating

By the end of this course, you will have these resources for your campaign:

  • The “Building Your Network” Checklist
  • The “Campaign Rolodex” Spreadsheet
  • The “Support PACs and Organizations” Table
  • The Sample “New Contact Process” Worksheet

Sign up and enroll in this course to begin!

Course Instructor

Kelly Dietrich Kelly Dietrich Instructor

Kelly is the Founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee. He has worked on dozens of campaigns at every level across the country. Kelly's specialty is in new campaign creation, candidate and staff training, and fundraising. In addition to working for 18+ years in Democratic politics, he teaches a class on political campaigns at DePaul University in Chicago, where he lives with his family and dog, a large hungry blue Weimaraner named Jack Bauer. Kelly started his career in 1998 with Rep. Dennis Moore in KS-03. He's an avid basketball and poker player, though never at the same time. His wife would point out that at no time in this biography was he described as "good" at either hobby. That was a conscious decision.