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 is an Instructional Designer at the National Democratic Training Committee based in North Carolina. Prior to joining NDTC, Matt worked as a Lead Coach for Organizing Corps 2020: a program of the DNC designed to train 1,000 Field Organizers for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. His political experience includes working as a Field operative for several Democratic candidates, including former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Chris Murphy, Senator-elect Jon Ossoff, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While initially focused on organizing in rural communities, Matt has worked in a variety of turfs, from college campuses to the Atlanta suburbs to rural northeastern Oklahoma. In his free time, Matt enjoys fishing and falling asleep while deer hunting, usually while listening to the Grateful Dead.