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.
In April 2017, Onward Together launched by announcing support for five organizations: Color of Change, Emerge America, Indivisible, Swing Left, and Run for Something. Since then, we’ve welcomed our second cohort of organizations, including Alliance for Youth Action, The Arena, Collective PAC, iVote, Latino Victory, and Voto Latino. Then, in the aftermath of Justice Kennedy announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court, Onward Together endorsed Demand Justice.
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, 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 supporters to support partner organizations
Organizations can be nominated for Onward Together’s support via word of mouth or by sending us an email at [email protected].
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.