Our story

Born from conversations between Governor Howard Dean and Secretary Hillary Clinton in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Onward Together was established to lend support to leaders — particularly young leaders — kicking off projects and founding new organizations to fight for our shared progressive values. Since our founding, we have granted over $2.5 million to our partner organizations and other progressive groups.

In April 2017, Onward Together launched by announcing support for our first five partners: Color of Change, Emerge America, Indivisible, Swing Left, and Run for Something.

We’ve since welcomed our second cohort of partner organizations, including Alliance for Youth Action, The Arena, Collective PAC, iVote, Latino Victory, and Voto Latino.

Most recently, Onward Together added Demand Justice and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to our partner network, and raised more than $1.8 million directly for the efforts to protect kids and families at the border.

Our program

We’re particularly interested in working with groups that present a well-articulated vision; have a demonstrated ability to attract supporters, volunteers, and donors; and have a willingness to collaborate with like-minded groups.

Our support isn’t one-size-fits-all. In each case, we ask ourselves and the partner organization “How can Onward Together best support this organization?”

The answer will vary by organization, and can include the following:

  • Financial support: Direct grants, fundraising support, online amplification, in-person surrogate assistance, 1:1 introductions and meetings with donors, sponsorships, convenings
  • Strategic and leadership guidance: Mentorship, training, 1:1 introductions with expert advisors, convenings
  • Recognition: Online endorsements, surrogate support, offline and event mentions via Onward Together surrogates, convenings
  • Membership building: Mobilizing Onward Together’s team to support partner organizations and grantees

Organizations can be nominated for Onward Together’s support via word of mouth or by sending us an email at [email protected].

In addition to our official partners, we’ve also given direct grants to organizations doing work that we believe in, particularly in urgent moments. These grantees include EMILY’s List, APIA Vote, National Redistricting Foundation, the Victory Institute, Greater Wisconsin, and more.

Our convening

In the spring of 2018, Onward Together convened the leaders of our endorsed organizations at our first-annual Partners’ Collaborative. Watch this video wrap-up of the convening to learn more about our partners in their own words.

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The challenges we face as a country are real. But there's no telling what we can achieve if we approach the fights ahead with the passion and determination we feel today, and bring that energy into 2020 and beyond.