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2024 Summit

March 9th, 2024

Sister District is thrilled to invite you to the seventh annual Sister District Summit!

Details

The Summit will be held virtually on Saturday, March 9th, 9am PT / 12pm ET – 1:30pm PT / 4:30pm ET.

The Summit will feature:

  • State of Sister District and 2024-2025 Strategy
  • Youth Panel on how to engage with youth organizers and recruit younger members
  • Organizing Workshops:
    • Donor Organizing: Recruiting New Donors
    • Surviving, Thriving, and Winning in 2024
    • Donor Organizing: Retaining and Escalating Existing Donors
    • Digital Organizing in a Presidential Year
  • Keynote Fireside Chat with Mandela Barnes
  • And more!

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to register. We ask that you make a donation to help continue our work building progressive power in state legislatures.

More details to come soon. We hope to see you there!

Summit Workshops Include: 

Donor Organizing: Recruiting New Donors 

Join Donor Organizing Hub’s Executive Director, Haley Bash, for part one of a two part workshop exploring how to recruit new donors into your network and retain and grow their capacity once in the door. Part one will focus on frameworks and practices to recruit new donors and maximize your fundraising efforts in 2024. 

Surviving, Thriving, and Winning in 2024

Feeling anxious about 2024? Election cycles can take a lot out of us as activists. Join Sister District staff and volunteer leaders for a conversation on how to confront the uncertainty of this crucial and life changing election year with optimism and resilience AND how to get your friends involved while doing it!

Donor Organizing: Retaining and Escalating Existing Donors

In part two of our Donor Organizing workshop, we’ll dive into how we can move donors up the Donor Engagement Ladder, how to structure your fundraising plans and activities to maximize donor engagement, setting and tracking goals, and the do’s and don’ts of escalating donors to reach their full potential. 

Digital Organizing in a Presidential Year

What messages actually resonate with volunteers and how can we deliver them effectively? Join Sister District Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Digital, Lyzz Schwegler, Sister District’s Senior Digital & Content Manager, Tifrah Akhtar, and Lead Digital Strategist from Sister District’s digital firm Middle Seat, Carla Marin, for a conversation about how to reach and activate volunteers in and outside your network through digital tactics and what messages will cut through the noise in a busy presidential cycle. 

Full schedule coming soon!

About Mandela Barnes

Mandela’s story is a Wisconsin story. Throughout his career working for Wisconsin’s working people, Mandela served in the Wisconsin legislature, became Wisconsin’s first Black Lt. Governor and the state’s second-ever Black statewide elected official, and ran a record-breaking campaign for the U.S. Senate. As Lt. Governor, Mandela worked closely with Governor Evers to help Wisconsin recover from the pandemic and served as the chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. In his historic U.S. Senate campaign, he broke state fundraising records and came one point away from unseating a two-term incumbent in Wisconsin’s closest Senate election in 100 years. Despite being massively outspend and written off by nearly every pundit, Mandela came within 26,000 votes of defeating an entrenched incumbent. Determined to support other diverse and groundbreaking candidates in their runs for office across the country, Mandela founded the Long Run PAC in 2022 to make sure when candidates are asked time and time again, as he was, “can you win?” they can answer “yes!” In addition to his work with the Long Run PAC, Mandela is also the President of Power to the Polls, an organization dedicated to empowering underserved voters in Wisconsin.

Mandela Barnes is the 45th Lt. Governor Wisconsin – the state’s second-ever Black statewide elected official and first-ever Black Lt. Governor. He started his career as an organizer, served in the Wisconsin legislature, and ran a record-breaking U.S. Senate campaign, where he came one point away from unseating a two-term incumbent in Wisconsin’s closest Senate election in 100 years. As Lt. Governor, Mandela worked closely with Governor Evers to help Wisconsin recover from the pandemic and served as the chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. Determined to support other diverse and groundbreaking candidates across the country, Mandela founded the Long Run PAC. He also has returned to his organizing roots as President of Power to the Polls WI, an organization dedicated to empowering underserved voters in Wisconsin.

Featured Speakers

In addition to Mandela Barnes, we are excited to welcome speakers including: 

Carla Martin (she/her)

Lead Digital Strategist at Middle Seat

Carla has experience leading digital programs for statewide campaigns and national organizations. Carla has worked with several clients such as Sister District Project, 350.org, MoveOn, Squad Victory Fund, and Ayanna Pressley for Congress.Before joining Middle Seat in 2021, she served as the Digital Director for the North Carolina Democratic Party and Digital Director for Governor Roy Cooper’s re-election campaign. Carla graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Go Heels!

Haley Bash (she/they)

Founder and Executive Director of Donor Organizer Hub

Haley Bash (they/she) is a grassroots fundraiser, distributed organizer, and facilitator with 10+ years of experience in the social movement sector. They are Founder and Executive Director of Donor Organizer Hub, a launchpad and community for people who fundraise for movement causes from their networks.

Youth Panelists

Oliver Shirley

Law Student, Columbia Law School,President, Columbia Law School Democrats, Northeast Regional Director of Law School Democrats of America.

Yana Batra

Campus Mobilization Director, Georgia Youth Justice Coalition

Aiden Ledbetter

President, Davis College Democrats

2023 Materials

Session Title SpeakerVideo Supplementary Materials (If applicable)
State of Sister DistrictLala Wu, Executive DirectorVideo
2023-2024 StrategyGaby Goldstein, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, SDANVideoSlides
2022 ImpactJarvis Houston, Political & Organizing DirectorVideoSlides
Blitzes, Event Advance Money, Friendraising
Natalie Burdick, Sister District San Francisco
Pamela Brookstein, Sister District Greater Chicago
VideoNotes
Creativity in Fundraising & RecruitmentBarbara Katzenberg, Sister District MA-RI
Marni Rubin, Sister District South Bay
Additional Materials
Recruiting: Persistence, Leader Development, DeputizingBrittany Jorgenson, Sister District SacramentoNotes
Keynote Fireside Chat: Messaging in 2023 Anat Shenker-Osorio in conversation with Lala WuVideo
What Creates Successful Phonebank Programs? Laura Durkin & Linda Noland: Phonebank LeadersVideoSlides
Seizing Fundraising Opportunities & Making The Ask Maureen Sheehan, Sister District South Bay
Lisa Diaz Nash, Sister District CA Peninsula
Notes
Making The Most of Fundraising EventsCatherine Grundmann, Sister District CA Peninsula
Tina Settineri, Sister District Sonoma West County
Notes
Sister District Action Network UpdateGaby Goldstein, SVP
Bela Tringali, Program Manager
VideoSlides
Boost Your Email Game with ActionNetworkObed Ventura, Senior Partnership Success Specialist at ActionNetworkVideoSlides