NationBuilder 2018 in Review
Out of chaos and rapid change, leaders in our community chose to organize, mobilize, and help each other. We’re proud to share their stories and insights about what it takes to lead.
This Democratic challenger made the transition from internet meme to grassroots movement and drove early fundraising success by mobilizing his committed fan base, the Yang Gang.
What began as an idea in 2013 has become a full-fledged movement to disrupt the two-party system in the U.S.—supporting thirty endorsed independent candidates across nine states in the 2018 midterms.
An idea-turned-initiative is leveraging powerful storytelling to break down misperceptions of the Sikh community in the United States.
The Australian Marriage Equality campaign engaged millions of citizens through powerful storytelling to participate in an optional vote affirming the rights of same-sex couples—many participating in a political campaign for the first time.
With a “green wave” moving through Europe, Tilt! serves as a single platform to rally grassroots support for progressive and environmental causes across the continent.
UCLA’s innovative pilot program allows students to proactively join the UC advocacy organization while they register to vote, reducing the barriers for participation and leading to exponential growth in advocate engagement across campus.
An eco-conscious Miami couple went from clearing marine debris in their spare time to running Miami-Dade County’s go-to online event hub for beach cleanup projects.
With record-breaking demonstrations and mass outreach to Members of Parliament, a grassroots coalition continues to amplify the public demand for a People’s Vote on Brexit and gain traction within the U.K. government.
Learn how a five-person advocacy team moved three successful initiatives forward and helped drive a $5 million increase to Boston’s transportation budget.
A nonpartisan organization of volunteers rallied an army of Michiganders to campaign for Prop 2, a statewide ballot initiative to end gerrymandering, and won 61% of the vote.
The Maryland GOP built a scalable network with an innovative cost-sharing structure to both reduce barriers to entry for new candidates and share valuable data with their larger party.
The New York Campaign Finance Board used an inquisitive, data-driven approach to inform, engage, register, and drive voters to participate in the important election for NYC mayor.
Apex Clean Energy is leveraging a powerful network and strategic digital outreach to advocate for renewable energy—overcoming organized opposition and paving the way for a growing number of successful wind projects.
With a fresh approach to politics and strong grassroots support from his community, Randall Woodfin inspired thousands of young people to vote for the first time in a municipal election.
A veterans affinity group used NationBuilder to turn a post-Harvey text outreach into a full-scale search, rescue, and relief effort for the Houston community they’d served for years.
After an innovative, memorable, and unifying campaign, the New Democratic Party made history by electing Jagmeet Singh as the first person of color to lead a national party in Canada.
How do you campaign for a river? This LA nonprofit uses email and social outreach to rally citizens in a shared effort to see its natural resource as the center of their city’s civic pride.
In a single month, President Emmanuel Macron empowered hundreds of candidates to build a party from the ground up, win 350 seats in Parliament, and shift the dynamics of French politics.
In 2011, Stephanie Singer broke fundraising records to unseat a 36-year incumbent and help clean up Philadelphia’s elections. Now, she’s using technology to take that mission nationwide.
A progressive Kansas Democrat gave a traditionally red district a run for its money in a recent special election for Congress—and he did it largely without party backing.
With progressive endorsements, nimble fundraising, and grassroots appeal, Mike Connolly went from “No Money Mike” to standout representative in 2016.
With its successful campaign for Measure M, Move LA united a diverse group toward a common goal—tackling LA’s traffic and air pollution with public transit.
Using a series of powerful videos, workshops, and social campaigns, One Love empowers young people to recognize abusive relationships and take action early on.
In an intensely competitive US Senate race, Rob Portman’s campaign stood on its own strength and united Ohio voters across party lines—leading to an impressive 21-point victory.
With its annual homeless count, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority tracks homelessness in human terms as the first step toward a lasting solution.
With a gripping online campaign, Defense for Children International Palestine shed light on children’s rights violations and created a groundswell of support around the world.
Learn how a welcoming Chicago café serving fair-trade coffee becomes a place where aspiring world-changers find and pursue their purpose.
The Water Environment Association of Ontario created a streamlined, user-friendly site to connect and distribute leadership among its thousands of members and many subcommittees.
When cash-strapped hospitals cut staff levels and replaced registered nurses (RNs) with less trained health providers, the Saskatchewan Nurses Union launched a successful awareness campaign to defend the jobs of thousands of RNs.