July 2018 Update: We are actively engaged in the 2018 Election Cycle across the country, everywhere on the ballot.
If you are an Ally for Educational Equity and are interested in submitting a proposed slate to allocate contributions in your state, sign up here for the upcoming Informational Webinar on July 31 and be prepared to submit a State Team Cover Sheet by (11:59 p.m. ET on) September 1.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Grassroots fundraising is about collective impact. Our value proposition at Allies for Educational Equity is both about both the fundraising - locking arms with our peers nationwide - and the spending - we are appropriators.
One donation may feel like a drop in the bucket - after all, none of us are philanthropists or billionaires; but, together, a lot of modest donations can send a power message: we exist, we care. Grounded in this principle, year to date we have made contributions to more than 30 office seekers and holders based on the Giving Principles outlined below. Our contributions have all been crowdsourced through proposed slates, built by Allies across the country.
We are putting our own skin in the game and then we apply what we know from practice and policy to inform how our funds are deployed.
Allies for Educational Equity's Giving Principles:
We are playing the long game: We know that political activity is more than a single office, single election, or single candidate. With that in mind, we know it is unlikely that a single PAC check will change the course of any one election. And, while our network may choose to show up en masse for a champion beyond a check from Allies for Educational Equity, our pooled funds demonstrates for the recipient our awareness and commitment as a collective force for kids.
Non-usual suspect, wide over deep: To deliver on the promises to children and families we seek in classrooms and schools everywhere, and correct the false narratives of the politics of education, sometimes we must show up in "non usual suspect" places. Doing so will seed future opportunities and will bolster impact with office holders who may not yet be familiar with our work, while also supporting our peers they endeavor to drive outcomes, often without fanfare. We believe that some support across many places will be powerful.
We will take our own seat at the table: Though we may be on the right side of history for kids and families, not everyone is with us yet. We'll get them there by having the opportunity to make modest contributions to those in agenda-setting positions, thereby demanding our own seat at the table.
We augment others’ impact: We know we can’t substitute the volume of dollars that the large donor community can contribute- or that those who are opposed to changes to the status quo can pull in. We have peers doing great work in advocacy and politics already in key pockets of the country, so our support should be an additional resource to them while a new resource where that muscle may not yet be developed. We always seek to augment and strengthen our peers' work across the country, only supplementing efforts where we agree it will be meaningful.
Allies supporting Allies: We may make political contributions on our own already, but we're locking arms together as part of this national network of peers to demonstrate our collective power and commitment. Just like immigrant communities pool support to enable each to gain footing in a new country, we each take a turn to support another. What we each modestly contribute comes back.