Building Your Network: Donors, Volunteers, & Validators | National Democratic Training Committee

Building Your Network: Donors, Volunteers, & Validators

By Kelly Dietrich
60 min

Course Outline

  • 4 Videos
  • 2 Quizzes
  • 1 Activity
What You Need
  • Your phone & email contacts + any other directories you have

What You’ll Learn

  • How to create organized lists of people and groups in your network
  • How to research additional people and organizations you want to build relationships with
  • How to identify the ways you will ask your contacts to help your campaign — by endorsing (or validating) you, volunteering, and/or donating

Why This is Important

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.

Key Resources

  • Building Your Network Checklist — the key steps to organize your personal network
  • Template Campaign Rolodex — a spreadsheet to help you organize all your contacts into one place
  • Campaign Rolodex Reference Guide
  • Supporting PACs and Organizations — a list of PACs and organizations that may support your campaign
  • Sample New Contact Process — a sample process for dividing up the work of tracking campaign supporters

Related Training

  • Building Your Volunteer Team — Learn how to turn your contacts into volunteers that will take leadership roles on your campaign and contact voters on your behalf
  • Raising Money — Many of your contacts are potential contributors to your campaign; learn the best ways to reach out to them and solicit contributions from them

Kelly Dietrich


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.