GET POLITICAL

  • Call or Write Congress: Congressional leaders often support poverty-reduction legislation when as few as 7-10 people in their district contact them in support of it. View How to Call or How to Write/Email.
  • Email Congress: Links to ready to send templates on global poverty bills.
  • Lobby Congress: Arranging a meeting with Congressional staffers is surprisingly easy and an important part of our democracy.
  • Mobilize: One is good, but ten is better. Politics is a numbers game and more people contacting a leader in support of an issue/bill means more action is demanded from the leader and their staff.
  • Bird Dog: Attend events where Congressional leaders are speaking and publicly ask them to support poverty-reduction efforts.
  • Contact the White House: Let the Executive Branch know what issues are important to you.
  • YouTube Congress: Send your leader a video of constituents requesting action on a bill.

BUILD AWARENESS

  • Share the Site: Email your contacts a link to doyoudemocracy.org.
  • Build Buzz: If you’re talking about it, political leaders are acting on it.
  • Pitch to the Media: Email interesting story ideas that incorporate the issues to local and national reporters.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor: These serve the purpose of educating thousands of people and if you mention the Congressional leader’s name in the letter he/she will read it in his/her regular summary of news coverage.
  • Call Talk Radio: You’re one phone call away from getting the issue in front of thousands of people. Visit the talk show’s website to find the call-in number.
  • Give a Speech: Speak to local groups and classes.
  • Submit Content to Newsletters: From apartment buildings to dentists, there are no shortages of businesses that send newsletters.
  • Transform Empty Windows: Ask the owner of a vacant building for permission to cover the windows with Do You Democracy logos and/or advocacy facts.
  • Post Fliers:  Post fliers in coffee shops and windows of interested businesses.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Post on your Leader’s Facebook & Twitter: Most congressional leaders now use social media to communicate with voters and monitor what the public is saying. Friend/Follow your leaders and post encouraging comments when they support bills or encourage them to support such bills.
  • Tweet and Status Update: Share interesting links, videos, and articles about the issues via your status updates.

FUNDRAISE

  • Run a Marathon: Utilize your running events to raise funding for Do You Democracy. Let people know you’re running for a cause and ask them to sponsor your efforts.
  • Accomplish Random Feats: Attempt to pogo stick across your city, climb a local mountain backward, etc. Do something unusual to raise awareness and funding for the cause and ask people to contribute.
  • Host a Living Room Summit: Bring your friends together to support the cause. Host a house party.
  • Organize a Garage Sale: Turn your junk or your friends and family junk into funding for the cause.
  • Donate your Birthday, Wedding, or Graduation: Make “in lieu of gifts” your new favorite phrase. Ask your family to donate to the cause instead of getting you presents or add Do You Democracy to your gift registry.
  • Host a Non-Event Fundraiser: This creative concept is appreciated by would-be guests and party-planners alike. Instead of hosting an expensive fundraiser, ask your guest list to stay home the night of the “non-event” and donate the ticket price.
  • No Dress Code Day at Work: Ask your boss or company to allow a day when employees can dress casually if they put $5 in a donation jar.
  • Arrange an Informal Tournament: Badminton? Ultimate Frisbee? Turn your favorite leisure activity into a tournament or competition.
  • Take the $1,378 Challenge: Starting at $1 the first week, give/raise $1 more each week. Within a year (52-weeks) you will raise an impressive $1,378!
“Get Involved.” Borgen Project, borgenproject.org/get-involved-in-the-cause/.