2019 plan to win: Build for 2020, Raise $350,000

Solidify and Expand 2018 Gains

 
 

Expanded role

Started in July 2018, The PA Blue Victory Fund primarily raised money to directly support candidates and grassroots organizations in the 2018 suburban elections. In 2019 the PA BVF will expand its role. In addition to direct financial support to multiple candidates and grassroots organizations, the PA BVF will be a catalyst by convening and facilitating activities across the SEPA Blue community.

 

2019 PA Blue Victory Fund Plan Summary

 Bucket #1 - Multiple Candidates    $125,000

  • Provide groundwork to support state and federal candidates to fortify and extend 2018 gains in 2020 in targeted districts

  • Win 2019 county-wide and municipal elections to build a sustainable Blue suburban base and “farm team”

 Bucket #2 - Expanded Grassroots Capacity  $150,000

  • Use 2019 elections to build upon and enhance 2018 grassroots efforts - money & volunteers - especially directed to targeted districts noted in Bucket #1

 Bucket #3 -  Sustained Collaboration  $75,000

  • Increase formal and informal SEPA Blue and “cause” community collaboration focused on winning elections in 2019 and 2020

 

 

2019 PA Blue Victory Fund Plan Detail

Bucket #1 - Multiple Candidates    $125,000

  • Win 2019 county-wide and municipal elections to build a sustainable Blue suburban base and “farm team.”

  • Provide groundwork to support state and federal candidates to fortify and extend 2018 gains in 2020.

Direct Candidate Financial Support  $100,000

  1. 2019 township/municipal candidates in targeted districts

    • Targets based upon 2020 threats and opportunities in PA house & senate.

    • Threats: Blue districts won in 2018 by small margins.

    • Opportunities: Blue districts lost in 2018 by small margins.

  2. Flip county-wide control in Delaware, Lehigh, Chester and Bucks Counties

 Improve Campaigns  $25,000

  • Support training of candidates, campaign managers, finance chairs.

  • Support expansion of campaign staff talent pool including college & high school internship programs.

 Revolving Fund of Matching Grants 

  • Provide $2500 - $5000 matching grants directly to winnable candidates in targeted districts.

  • Provide financial support to county-wide races.

  • Support projects to improve campaigns and expand talent pool.

 

 

Bucket #2 - Expanded Grassroots Capacity  $150,000

Use 2019 elections to build upon and enhance 2018 grassroots efforts - money & volunteers - especially directed to targeted districts noted in Bucket #1.

 Provide Project-specific Grants $50,000

  • Turn PA Blue.

  • Local Democratic party organizations.

 Enhance Reach and Effectiveness  $25,000

  • Provide direct matching grants to Indivisible chapters and other organizations specifically focused on enhancing reach and effectiveness around 2019 and 2020 elections.

 Adopt a Candidate $25,000

  • Promote and financially support grassroots organization’s adoption of specific targeted candidates - real connections to individual candidates are powerful.

 A “Census” Strategy for Philadelphia  $50,000

But for areas of northeast Philadelphia, Philadelphia is solidly Blue.

  • 2019 local elections will be focused on intra-party primaries where we will play no role.

  • Philadelphia has a racial and ethnically diverse population.

  • Preparation for the 2020 census is both important and offers a way to develop wide relationships that will be important in mobilizing voter turn-out in 2020.

  • Provide grants to grassroots organizations to foster cooperation in support of 2020 census and voter registration.

 

 

Bucket #3 -  Sustained Collaboration  $75,000

Increase formal and informal SEPA Blue and “cause” community collaboration focused on winning elections in 2019 and 2020

 SEPA Blue Community Meetings $35,000

  • Community-wide Conference:  Saturday, March 16th.

  • Followed by six country-wide meetings on successive Saturdays through April.

 The SEPA Blue Book $10,000

  • Support creation of online resource of organizations and activities to identify, promote and connect Blue and progressive organizations throughout SEPA.

 Stronger Social Connections $10,000

  • Encourage & support stronger personal social connects within and between organizations.

 Social Media Coordination  $20,000

  • Support part-time paid SEPA Blue social media coordinator including efforts to promote The SEPA Blue Book.

 Enhance Resources

  • Encourage and coordinate resources of national organizations active in SEPA with particular focus on “technical support” to candidates, campaigns and grassroots.

 
 

download the 2019 BVF Plan (🡇 PDF)