Year in Review 2021

NationBuilder Year in Review 2021

Reflections on a Year of Juxtapositions

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By Lea Endres Co-founder & CEO

2021 has come to a close, and in thinking about all that we have to celebrate as a community, it’s impossible not to think of all we have to mourn. The loss of loved ones, the anxiety and isolation, the daily heartbreaks both big and small. And yet.

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Three new-world insights driving NationBuilder’s product innovation

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By Hilary Doe


Over the last two years, a global pandemic has changed us. It’s changed the way we think about each other, our perspective on what’s important, and our awareness of the things we take for granted. As we’ve mourned and adapted, this global tragedy and shared experience has changed the way we want to live and work—for now, and in some cases, forever. 

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Our global partner community

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By Jon Bratsis

VP of Business Development

Our partners are an indispensable part of our community. They help us uphold our core beliefs, especially our belief that “service is sacred.”  Leaders serve. And we serve leaders. We simply would not be where we are today without the amazing contributions of our partner ecosystem. Thank you to all of our partners who help maximize NationBuilder’s impact all over the world, and if you would like to join us in 2022 please reach out!

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“The prolonged global pandemic has underscored the importance of digital organizing, advocacy and fundraising tools for organizations and campaigns everywhere. With NationBuilder at the core of our offering, supplemented by our custom-built integrations and partnerships, we have experienced incredible success and growth as a Certified NationBuilder Agency and Alliance Partner. Since forming in 2018, we have now grown to serve over 90 clients (and rapidly growing) across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Two exciting projects we'd like to highlight are in the United States and in the United Kingdom. We look forward to continuing to work with clients to help them achieve their goals through smart digital strategy and tools to win.”

Tyler Johnson & Jeff Slater

Founders, Progressive Nation

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“Connecting Up and TechSoup NZ value our partnership with NationBuilder. Through its generosity, NationBuilder has enabled Australian and New Zealand non-profits affordable access to a high quality campaign and fundraising management tool. In addition, NationBuilder’s regular training webinars have already helped to build the capacity of hundreds of non-profit organisations.”

Jean Mui & Robert Kalka

Partnerships & Events, Connecting Up

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“I'd like to thank everyone at NationBuilder for building and maintaining such a great platform that enables us to do our work with incredible movements, such as the Māori Language Commission, as well as the support we continue to get from the NationBuilder team."

Kristin Gillies

Founder, For Purpose

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“NationBuilder has created a software category and grown it into an indispensable tool for organizing. In a world that seemingly becomes more divided every day - NationBuilder stands out as a unifying tool to help bring your organizational mission and people together.

As a partner, NationBuilder has proven invaluable to the growth of and to our customer base. Their team consistently receives high praise from our customers and together we've been able to help organizations engage and activate hundreds of thousands of supporters.”

Farz Sokhansanj

VP of Business Development,

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Celebration of Giving

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By Sorcha Rochford

Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships

Nonprofit organizations support communities from every corner of the world, meeting vital everyday needs. During the past few incredibly challenging years, their leadership has never been more important. This past giving season, we celebrated nonprofit teams, volunteers, and donors all over the world. In this event, we heard from three world-class nonprofit leaders, Erica Chomsky-Adelson, Founder and Executive Director at Culture Aid NOLA, Brian Rosenbaum, Community Engagement Director at Imagine LA and Lucero Oyarzún, Digital Campaign Coordinator at ICAN. Their powerful stories highlighted the incredible work that takes place in the nonprofit community every day. 


Working on this project is always a beautiful reminder of the incredible passion and commitment with which everyoneour staff, our partner community, and our customersapproach their work. We’re infinitely grateful for the countless people whoeven in the midst of a whirlwind year of eventsgave it their all, time and time again. 

First and foremost, many thanks to the wonderful customers who graciously agreed to give their time and share their stories here. Thank you to the entire NationBuilder team for their work to make those stories possible, with a special shout-out to Oliver Wells, Kylie Malloy, Elizabeth Nugraha, Lison Laissus, Lauren Rowse and Katie Angelo for facilitating the necessary introductions. Thank you to Jesse Haff, Alexis Peterka, and AJ Johnson for the stellar design and implementation of this digital experience. Thank you to Michael Schmidt, for quantifying our customers’ powerful impact, to Jay Godfrey for lending your voice to help uplift our customer’s stories, and to Amy Zock for your seamless project management. Thank you to Jon Bratsis and our Business Development team for your constant support in developing our partner ecosystem. Thank you to Sorcha Rochford, for your invaluable contributions across the full breadth of this project. To Dae Levine, for your expert editorial input and ongoing guidance in carrying out this work. To Lea Endres and Hilary Doe, for your inspiring words and leadership, here and always. Finally, to our NationBuilder community that shows up each day to do the hard work of building the futurethank you. - Nelli Veletyan