Running a Distributed Organizing Program - National Democratic Training Committee Running a Distributed Organizing Program

Running a Distributed Organizing Program

By Matt Burke
40 min

Course Outline

What You’ll Learn

  • Examine the structure of a distributed organizing program
  • Evaluate how a campaign utilizes distributed organizing capacity
  • Identify opportunities to employ distributed organizing tactics on campaigns

Why This is Important

Campaigns use distributed organizing programs to leverage volunteers during voter contact efforts across a large geographic area. Learn about the structure of a distributed organizing program and how to identify opportunities to use their organizing tactics.

Key Resources

  • Distributed Organizing Worksheet

Related Trainings

  • Intro to Volunteer Recruitment and Management — There’s no distributed organizing without volunteers. Take this course to learn how to identify where to find volunteers and how to develop them into the leaders who carry your campaign to victory
  • Field Tactics — Turn your Distributed volunteers into Field experts with the canvass, phone bank, and text bank trainings and toolkits included in this course
  • Running a Persuasion Field Program — Distributed organizing is pivotal to your persuasion efforts. Learn about strategy, tactics, and goal setting in this course

Matt Burke


Matt Burke joins NDTC as the Instructional Designer for Field and GOTV. Matt is responsible for developing Field and GOTV curriculum that supports local leaders, candidates for office, and campaign staffers. After earning a BA in History from Campbell University, he briefly taught high school history before transitioning to running Field and GOTV programs on electoral campaigns across the nation. In addition to his primary job functions, he's presented at Rootsfest on behalf of NDTC on management best practices and developed a 10-week cohort program to train the next generation of Field Directors. Matt's an avid outdoorsman, having grown up hunting and fishing in southeastern North Carolina.