Conservative campaigns have a new mobile canvassing option that integrates with NationBuilder!

TRC is an easy-to-use mobile canvassing app with native and web clients that run on all devices. It is geared towards conservative campaigns and the app fully integrates with NationBuilder. With TRC you can pull lists of voters from your nation into the app, in addition to surveys generated on your nation. As field organizers log responses, the data syncs seamlessly with your nation and to survey responses.

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Drop the clipboard and check-in your RSVPs using your phone with Check by cStreet!

NationBuilder is great for letting you create events and accept RSVPs. But what happens at the event when you want to check-in those RSVPs?  Other than using a clipboard at the event there really aren’t many options to quickly and easily check-in RSVPs and their +1s. Now, using Check by cStreet you can streamline this process and get back to enjoying your event!

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Your apps can now be integrated with paths

If you are using integrated apps (like Phone2Action, Organizer, and FieldEdge) that log contacts to your nation, those contacts can now be logged to paths. In order for this to take effect, you will need to map the contact types used by your app to paths using the mapping tool we created. Paths will be updated or created on profiles as if you were logging a contact to the path in the control panel.

Paths facilitate leading supporters to action. With paths, you can track how your supporters are moving through different workflows within your organization and gather data on how effective they are with goals.

An API endpoint for paths is planned, but doesn’t have a release date. We’ll be sure to let everyone know when it’s available.

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Sync your voter file with VoterPros to easily design and send direct mail!

Whether you want to mobilize your nation or persuade new voters to support your political campaign, targeted political direct mail remains an effective and inexpensive option. VoterPros is an online DIY service that offers direct mail designs to any candidate regardless of budget. With VoterPros you can use your NationBuilder lists to send professionally designed mailers to your voters’ mailboxes.

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Want to collect credit card donations in-person? Meet SwipeHub

Does your organization do fundraising at events, door-to-door, or on the street? If so, how many times have you heard, “I would love to donate, but I don’t have my checkbook”? Or, “Sure I would love to donate, but $2 is all the cash I have on me”? 

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You can now share tags and people between nations

When you receive a shared tag from another nation, all the matching people will have the tag added to their profiles. For example, if Jason shared his volunteer tag with me:

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Auto-districting available for French nations

We have a goal at NationBuilder to provide auto-districting for all districts worldwide.

Auto-districting has long been available for our American, Canadian, UK, and Australian customers. Recently, we added New Zealand to this list, and as of January 1st this feature is available for all French nations – this is all nations who have “France” selected under Settings > Contact.

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Learn how to run for elected office

You want to run for elected office – you’ll need a team of experts, a big budget, and years of experience leading up to this moment.

But, not really.

We’ve gathered all the information for you so you can run for office right now – no experts required.

Take our free online course, “How to run for office” at NationBuilder courses. You'll find instructional videos, helpful resources, and worksheets to get you started. 

Be part of the democratic process. Engage with your civic duty. Learn to lead. Run for office.

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NationBuilder CEO: "We strongly believe in making voter information more accessible to political campaigns."

Los Angeles—Today, NationBuilder founder and CEO Jim Gilliam released the following statement after Chris Vickery found a database of U.S. voters inadvertently accessible on the internet.

“While the database is not ours, it is possible that some of the information it contains may have come from data we make available for free to campaigns. From what we've seen, the voter information included is already publicly available from each state government so no new or private information was released in this database.”

“We strongly believe in making voter information more accessible to political campaigns and advocacy groups, so we provide cleaned versions of that publicly accessible information to them for free. We do not provide access to anyone for non-political purposes or that would violate any state’s laws. Each state has different restrictions, and we make sure that each campaign understands those restrictions before providing them with any data. It is vital that everyone running for office knows who is registered to vote in their district.”

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Track legislation and move your supporters to action!

Our new app partner uJoin takes issue-specific advocacy to the next level! uJoin’s platform ties together digital advocacy with advanced bill tracking so your supporters not only have a voice, but can track a bill’s progress through the legislative process – from sponsorship to committee.

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NationBuilder CEO: Sanders campaign should not be punished for unsecure technology

Los Angeles—Today, NationBuilder founder and CEO Jim Gilliam released the following statement after it was revealed that NGP VAN had made it possible for a Bernie Sanders campaign staff member to access the Clinton campaign’s targeting data.

“The fact that a campaign is getting punished for a technological problem on the part of the provider is really unfortunate.  Access to data that a campaign has purchased and managed should always be secure and should never be cut off.

“Because some campaigns host their data on platforms that have unsecure and outdated technology, all of their data is shared on the same database and even a simple bug can expose data across customers.  

“At NationBuilder, security is our top priority. We believe that each campaign should work with their own data, which is why we isolate each customer's data into its own database from the very beginning. By doing so, security breaches like this one are nearly impossible with our software.” 

“We manage tens of thousands of databases and have built tools to allow campaigns to share their data when they want, but only if they want.”

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Sync your Eventbrite RSVPs to NationBuilder!

Many of our customers use Eventbrite, the leading event management platform, to supplement NationBuilder event pages. Thanks to a number of new integrations from Tectonica.tools NationBuilder customers can now seamlessly import their RSVPS from Eventbrite into their nation.

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Your 2015 annual report

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time again to check out your nation’s annual report. View the progress you’ve made in the past 12 months in a convenient PDF report or in downloadable CSV files.

The 2015 Annual report contains information on your total volunteers, event RSVPs, social media interactions, and petition signatures. It also contains detailed financial information including your most successful tracking codes and donation amounts.

The report will update everyday, so you can download every day from now until 2016 to keep your numbers accurate.

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Acción Local: How a World Class Digital Infrastructure Was Built in 48 Hours

In my year and a half at NationBuilder, I’ve seen organizations build their digital infrastructure with our tools to jumpstart campaigns, influence the legislative process, and truly organize at scale. In the digital world, you’d be right to expect, that pulling off world class design and leveraging online tools to organize are in their own right lofty exercises. Acción Local, is the story of how a top digital studio did just that — building a digital infrastructure from conception to design using NationBuilder, and doing it in only 48 hours.

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Internet Explorer 9 (and below) no longer supported in NationBuilder control panel

In order to best support cutting-edge, secure technology, we have decided to end support for Internet Explorer versions 9 and below in the NationBuilder control panel. Some features of the control panel may no longer work in these browsers, and new bugs or performance issues that appear only in these browsers will not be investigated.

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