$300k in 2020 Candidate Fundraising

May 28, 2020

Sister District Raises Over $300k For Their 2020 Candidates, Triples Fundraising Numbers From 2018 Midterms

Democratic grassroots organization’s digital organizing efforts during COVID-19 have led to their highest fundraising numbers since 2018. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– Earlier today, the Sister District Project announced that this year, they have already raised over $300,000 in small dollar donations to support their 2020 candidates, with the average donation being $24. At this time in 2018, the organization had only raised around $100,000 for their candidates—indicating that even through the pandemic, Sister District has been thriving.

Thanks to a nationwide 45,000+ volunteer network, Sister District has been combining online organizing tactics with in-person canvassing since the start of their movement in 2016. During COVID-19, they ceased all in-person events and moved completely online in support of both their 19 candidates and Democratic efforts across ten battleground states. They have found particularly large success in their “virtual trivia night” fundraisers, selling out to participants along with raising thousands of small-donation dollars.

“As we get closer to November, it’s time to reflect on the leadership we want to see in local government, and we’re thankful that our donors agree.” said Rita Bosworth, the Executive Director of the Sister District Project. “Republicans have exploited COVID-19 for selfish political gain, and we need elected officials that put our safety and wellbeing first. This is why we’re working harder than ever to ensure 2020 sees another blue wave.”

Sister District has become a powerhouse in flipping legislative seats blue, and is using momentum from previous races to build progressive power across the country in 2020.  Last year, they played a pivotal role in delivering a Democratic trifecta to Virginia for the first time in a quarter of a decade, with eight of their candidates winning their races as well as all of their alumni candidates getting re-elected to their positions. In the 2018 midterms, they secured 13 state legislative seats for Democrats in swing states including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan.

Sister District will be releasing their second wave of endorsements next month.


The Sister District Project works to turn states blue by winning state legislative elections. We “sister” volunteers from deep blue districts with carefully targeted races in swing districts, where flipping control of the state legislature will help end partisan gerrymandering.

Since launching in the wake of the 2016 elections, the Sister District Project has grown to over 45,000 volunteers across the country. Our volunteers have raised over $2.15 million in small-dollar donations directly to candidates and reached out to over 2 million voters via phones, doors, postcards, and texts.