2020-12-18 HQL Update
HQL Update: December Talking Points, Summit Registration, and the Road Ahead
This is it. We’re almost at the end of this unprecedented year.
We can’t wait to share the Impact Report with you in January but, as a teaser, did you know that Sister District raised an average of 9.7% of our candidates’ total fundraising, and made almost 35% of their total phone calls? This is the kind of astonishing, outsized impact that we are known for at Sister District, and it is all because of you.
This is the last HQL Update of the year, and the next one will be the week of January 4. Until then, please stay safe, register for the Summit, and happy new year!
With all my gratitude,
IN THIS ISSUE
- The Road Ahead: January & February
- Update Your Group’s Entry in the SD Directory
- BIPOC Happy Hour – Thu. 1/7
- Political Director Call – Tue. 1/12
- Volunteer Leader Call – Thu. 1/21
- SD Summit – Registration Open! – Sat. & Sun. 2/6 & 2/7
- December Talking Points Memo
- Resource Library Corner: Tips for Leadership Development
THE ROAD AHEAD: JANUARY & FEBRUARY
A detailed roadmap is coming in the new year, but here are a few key dates to know:
Early Jan. 2020 Impact Report. Plan on sharing with your volunteers and partners!
Mid-Jan. 2021/2022 Strategy. Plan on sharing, and use it to start planning!
Jan. 4 – Feb. 5 Leader conversations with Organizing Department staffers*
Jan. 12 First Political Director call of 2021. Sign up here!
Jan. 21 First Volunteer Leader call of 2021. Sign up here!
Feb. 6 & 7 Sister District 2021 Summit. Sign up here!
* Throughout January and up until the Summit, Organizing Department staffers will arrange calls with team leaders, if and when it’s useful for you. We’ll discuss planning, filling leadership vacancies, work out a plan to introduce and train for new tech tools, and identify areas in which staff can help you organize.
UPDATE YOUR GROUP’S ENTRY IN THE SD DIRECTORY
Did you know that we have a Sister District Directory with lots of useful information, including contact information for leaders, and social media handles for teams? Please take a minute to check out your group’s entry and make sure everything is correct. If anything looks awry, please fill out the Directory Update Form, or reach out to our fabulous Operations Associate, Faith Lowe, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
BIPOC HAPPY HOUR – THU. 1/7
Sister District recognizes that in order to build a truly inclusive organization, it is critically important to create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous, and people of color to connect with each other. In furtherance of this goal, Sister District hosts monthly BIPOC volunteer happy hours through Zoom on the first Thursday of each month.
Our next happy hour will be on Thursday, January 7 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. Please register here, and add these calls to your Google Calendar or Outlook. If you identify as BIPOC, we hope that you’ll join us!
POLITICAL DIRECTOR CALL – TUE. 1/12
Our first Political Director Call of 2021 will be on Tuesday, January 12 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.
Register for the Political Director calls here. Add these calls to your Google Calendar or Outlook. These calls will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month. They are open to all leaders of teams and affiliates and are NOT recorded.
VOLUNTEER LEADER CALL – THU. 1/21
Our first Volunteer Leader Call of 2021 will be on Thursday, January 21 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. Please invite any active 2020 volunteers you’d like to encourage to be more involved as organizers of your team!
Register for the Volunteer Leader Calls here. Add these calls to your Google Calendar or Outlook. These calls will continue to be held on the third Thursday of each month. They are open to all leaders of teams and affiliates and are recorded. Find past recordings and notes in the Resource Library.
SD SUMMIT – REGISTRATION OPEN! – SAT. & SUN. 2/6 & 2/7
Sister District is thrilled to invite you to the fourth annual Sister District Summit on Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7! Join our staff and volunteers from around the country as we celebrate our successes, learn from each other, and strategize for 2021 and 2022. Volunteers and leaders from both teams and affiliates are welcome.
Exact trainings, panels, and keynote speakers will be announced soon, but you can expect sessions on:
- Sister District’s 2022-2022 Political Strategy
- Panel discussions with newly elected candidates
- Behind-the-scenes with campaign staff
- Grassroots fundraising training
- How to organize effectively for phonebanking
- Messaging in a post-Trump era
- The latest in our experimental research
- Volunteer recruitment & retention
- Social media and email outreach
- And lots more!
Attendees will have the option to choose which sessions they want to attend, and are not obligated to attend every session (though we hope you will!). Learn more, and register here!
ICYMI – HAMILTON PERFORMANCES
If you missed the Holiday Party last week and are looking for a pick-me-up, check out the recording of these spell-binding performances from the cast of Hamilton!
DECEMBER TALKING POINTS MEMO
The December Talking Points Memo is here! It includes helpful tips for end of the year messaging, explaining election results, and candidate updates. And don’t miss A new op-ed in Roll Call from Co-Founder and Political Director Gaby GoldstIen and Associate Director of Research Mallory Roman, “Did gerrymandering hurt Democrats down ballot in 2020? Yes and no”
We’ll be back in January with more guidance on how to message our 2021-22 strategy to maximize engagement with your members.
- RESOURCE LIBRARY CORNER: TIPS FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Every issue, we highlight a different resource in the Resource Library that you might have missed. This week, we’re highlighting a throwback: Tips for Leadership Development, a handout to accompany expert organizer Sarah Turbow’s 2020 Summit training sessions. Cultivating leaders is a critical part of building a sustainable team. Check out this quick guide and, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
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