Grassroots 101 – What All Activists Should Know – please see enhanced version – Tips for Activists (link here)

Original post below (last two items in post above 2/10) first published March 9, 2009

Grassroots 101 – Policy on lists and fundraising


Lists should be kept local. Please do not sell or give away. They belong to the ones who work to collect them. Lists are the gold of the movement. If you are a real grassroots organizer, you will take care of the lists collected and keep them in trusted local hands and email about events and campaigns to them, but never, never, never send them to ‘a national effort for a good cause’. Once you have done that you will have forever diluted your local efforts because they quickly migrate without your permission and to efforts and causes that may not even be about what you think they are about.

It is helpful to post a policy about lists on your website to prevent being bothered by the question because it will arise.


Be aware that there are laws surrounding the collecting and dispersing of money in the political arena. If you are going to engage in fund-raising, then you must make yourself aware of the rules and properly file reports to protect yourself and those you are working with. If someone is fund-raising and wanting you to help them, it is always prudent to ask them how they are organized and who their treasurer is and for an accounting of how the money collected will be used up front before you help with anything or email on their behalf.

It is helpful to post a policy about fund-raising on your website also.

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  1. […] in Uncategorized by Steve Spinks on March 19th, 2009 My good friend, Sandra Crosnoe wrote a short, easy to digest post about grassroots fundraising and list management that all grassroots activists should read. Very […]

  2. Excellent post on a couple of issues that can be tricky to deal with. This lays it out in black and white. I linked to this post on my site in a post, and will have a link in the sidebar, shortly!

  3. Thanks for the link to the Conservative Review – nice to be included in such a wonderful overview for people.

    Thanks for your kind remarks as well. People are seeing clearly what is going on and taking steps to protect local data and operations as we speak. I am pleased with the response. It bodes well for our movement and our nation.

    Not easy by any means!