We’ve put together a reference list of nonpartisan organizations that provide support, training, endorsements, and funds to Women Candidates.
American University’s Women & Politics Institute
The Women and Politics Institute provides practical and academic training to women that encourages them to become involved in the political process and facilitates research by faculty and students that enhances our understanding of the challenges and opportunities women face in the political arena.
The mission of the Women & Politics Institute is to close the gender gap in political leadership. We provide young women with academic and practical training that encourages them to become involved in the political process and facilitates research by faculty and students that enhances our understanding of the challenges and opportunities women face in the political arena.
Center for American Women and Politics
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life.
CAWP’s education and outreach programs translate research findings into action, addressing women’s under-representation in political leadership with effective, imaginative programs serving a variety of audiences. As the world has watched Americans considering female candidates for the nation’s highest offices, CAWP’s over four decades of analyzing and interpreting women’s participation in American politics have provided a foundation and context for the discussion.
CAWP is a member of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), a consortium of eight Rutgers units conducting research, education and action around issues of women’s leadership.
Ready to Run
Ready to Run® is a non-partisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways. CAWP’s model curriculum covers fundraising, positioning oneself for elected office, navigating the political party structure, media training, the nuts and bolts of organizing a campaign, mobilizing voters, and crafting a message.
Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to elect Black women, influence elections and advance progressive policies.
Higher Heights for America, a 501(c)(4), and its sister organization Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a national 501(c)(3) organization are building the political power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected office and creating the environment for Black women to run, win and lead.
Higher Heights was founded by Black women for Black women’s political growth and equity, and we have a winning plan for building collective political power and expanding Black women elected leadership in 2018, 2020 and beyond. We are:
- Investing in the next generation of political leaders
- Organizing and mobilizing the power of Black women voters through our #BlackWomenVote campaign.
- Creating an environment for Black women to run, win and lead, through online training, research, cultural-shifting communications work and digital campaigns.
Higher Heights for America PAC
Higher Heights for America PAC is galvanizing the collective political power of our members to help elect more Black women to public office at all levels. Higher Heights for America member help Black women running for public office by supporting the PAC. http://www.higherheightsforamericapac.org/
IGNITE is a non-partisan 501c3 that operates in the political realm. The following is a statement of IGNITE's guiding values and principles:IGNITE encourages young women to actively engage in the political process and assert and demonstrate their beliefs in the public arena. IGNITE encourages young women to advocate and lobby for issues they care about.…More Details
IGNITE is a non-partisan 501c3 that operates in the political realm. The following is a statement of IGNITE’s guiding values and principles:
IGNITE encourages young women to actively engage in the political process and assert and demonstrate their beliefs in the public arena.
IGNITE encourages young women to advocate and lobby for issues they care about.
IGNITE believes young women should actively listen to the perspectives of people they agree with and those they disagree with, in order to clarify their own beliefs.
IGNITE values civil discourse as a means to understand others’ viewpoints, clarify personal positions, and advocate for issues they care about.
IGNITE believes our democracy will be stronger when the United States reaches political parity with equal numbers of women in office across all political parties.
All activities undertaken by and for IGNITE will be in alignment with these guiding values and principles, in the spirit of promoting engagement in the political process. Therefore, IGNITE does not take positions on individual issues, rather IGNITE welcomes and supports all young women to determine which issues are important to them and where they sit on the political spectrum.
New American Leaders
New American Leaders is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second generation Americans to use their power and potential in elected office.
We believe that our democracy is stronger when everyone is included and everyone participates. Unfortunately, our elected government, from City Council to Congress, does not reflect our country’s diverse population.
NAL is the only national, nonpartisan organization focused on bringing New Americans into the political process. We accomplish our goals by:
- Training and inspiring immigrant leaders of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to run for office.
- Building partnerships and coalitions among New American elected officials so they can advance more inclusive policies from state to state.
- Researching solutions to create a more diverse leadership and make the political system more accessible to all Americans.
We believe that when our elected officials mirror the makeup of our nation, we achieve stronger communities, a more responsive government and a robust democracy.
New Politics Leadership Academy
We support military veterans and national service alumni to consider politics as a way to continue serving the country.
We believe that service members are some of our nation’s best problem solvers, “dreamers,” and change makers, and we need their leadership more than ever.
When you serve, you learn how to work together with people from different backgrounds, lead diverse teams, and solve tough problems. You learn what it means to lead with courage, integrity, and empathy — and how to put country first. We don’t believe that’s too much to expect from our political leaders. By encouraging these service leaders to serve through politics, we believe we can transform our politics and our nation.
what we do
New Politics Leadership Academy is a nonpartisan non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting and supporting servant leaders to serve through politics. Through leadership development experiences, educational programming, and networking events, we’re building a new pipeline into politics for Americans who have served our communities and country before and who feel called to continue their service by jumping into the political arena.
Our core values represent our deepest beliefs and our highest aspirations. Together, these values comprise our inner compass; through adhering to these values, we maintain the clarity, focus, and drive required to powerfully serve others.
Political Institute for Women
Founded in 2010, the Political Institute for Women (“PIW”) is a global education organization that offers non-partisan courses for political candidates, professionals, advocates and organizations. Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen, Founder of PIW, has also created the Girls in Politics Initiative (“GIP”). GIP programs introduce girls ages 8 to 17 to politics, policy, the work of the United States Congress, parliamentary governments and the work of the United Nations. GIP programs are hosted in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. PIW and GIP also offer private and customized events to education, social and political organizations. To request a private or customized event go to the Book an Event page and complete the request for proposal form.
She Should Run
Who We Are
She Should Run is a non-partisan 501(c)3 with the mission to expand the talent pool of women running for office in the United States. Women are underrepresented at all levels in the 500,000+ elected offices across the U.S. That is why She Should Run is committed to getting at least 250,000 women to run by 2030.
What We Do
Our programs provide an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run by providing community, resources, and growth opportunities. We believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership.
What We Envision
We know that when women run for office they win at the same rates as men. Yet women are not encouraged and recruited at the same rate as men. Our Ask a Woman to Run tool provides a way for individuals to tell us about great women leaders they know who should consider a run for office. Once women are ready to take their first step towards public office, our first-of-its-kind She Should Run Incubator offers resources and a community that meets them where they are in their paths to elected leadership. Over 21,000 women have been inspired to run for office through She Should Run since the 2016 election.
Women are underrepresented at all levels in the 500,000+ elected offices across the U.S. That is why She Should Run is committed to getting at least 250,000 women to run for local, state, and federal offices by 2030. And we can’t do it without your support.
And when more women run…
- More women lead: As more and more She Should Run Incubator graduates become elected officials at all levels of office, they become role models to girls and young women; normalize women’s leadership, changing the culture of women in politics; and amplify the need for gender parity in office.
- More voices will be heard and more challenges met: By encouraging more women to run, She Should Run is building a more effective and representative government that can meet the challenges of the 21st century.
We are the only national organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ leaders who can further equality at all levels of government. Through our training and professional development programs, each year Victory Institute assists hundreds of individuals who go on to influential careers in politics, government, business and advocacy. Many of our trainees join the more than 1,000 openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials now serving around the world.
LGBTQ Victory Institute works to increase the number of LGBTQ people in public office and to provide programming, service and other support to help ensure their success.
VoteRunLead trains women to run for political office and win.
We’ve trained thousands of women to run for office and will train 30,000 more by 2020.
VoteRunLead trains women to run for office. And win. With more than 33,000 women trained to run for office, VoteRunLead is the largest and most diverse campaign and leadership program in the country. We work to equip women with the right know-how, trainings and how-to’s to help them enter politics with a purpose. We believe that by empowering women to run as they are, they will build a campaign based on their own passion, their own ideas and their own values.
Women Under Forty PAC
- To help elect more young women to elected office so that young women have an equal voice in shaping public policy.
- To build the seniority of women in Congress by electing women at a young age. …
WUFPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee that supports women forty years of age and under running for state and federal public office, at the time of endorsement. WUFPAC’s mission is twofold:
- To help elect more young women to elected office so that young women have an equal voice in shaping public policy.
- To build the seniority of women in Congress by electing women at a young age.
WUFPAC was started in January 1999 by a group of young women, representing diverse political and geographic backgrounds, gathered together in Washington, DC to discuss the role of young women in politics. Recognizing that political capital is built by political tenure and frustrated by the low percentage of women currently holding political office, they created WUFPAC to support the efforts of young women running for Congress and statewide offices. WUFPAC was incorporated as a Washington, DC non-profit corporation in January 1999 and filed its statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission soon thereafter. The first WUFPAC executive board was assembled in the early months of 1999. WUFPAC has been active in political cycles since 2002.
Women’s Campaign Fund
WCF leverages common ground to build good government at all levels using 100% of America’s talent, wisdom, and skill.
WCF supports women candidates who demonstrate strength in three arenas:
WCF commits to achieving 50% representation by women in elected offices nationwide by 2028.
The Women’s Campaign Fund has a long history of working for women. Since 1974, WCF has helped a lot of women get elected to Congress and they often say we were the first to give them a big boost.
One thing many of us know – and science confirms – is that success comes through adaptation. Adaptation to the world, the times, the people around us. We all know times have changed dramatically in the past few years.
WCF realized in the last election cycle that fewer and fewer Republican women were running for office and that is not acceptable. WCF saw Democratic and Republican women targeted for their belief in things that are quite simply the law of the land. We saw women struggling to reach across party lines and work for the good of all people, of women, men, and families. Now, as individuals, we find ourselves living in a world in which people at the playground, the church hall, even the dinner table find it difficult to have civil conversations with each other about civil matters.
Something has to give.
In 2017, the Women’s Campaign Fund adopted a bold, new approach. Rather than focus on issues, WCF decided to focus on the underlying platform for solving them.
First, we addressed the numbers. The population is made up of men and women in roughly equal numbers. Few issues are exclusive to men or women. Fifty percent representation of women in elected office means the experiences of both are better represented.
Next, we addressed the skill set. WCF supporters are women and men who may have a variety of opinions on issues like abortion and reproductive health, yet also are passionate about the natural world, voting, education for our kids, senior security, healthcare… Our nation is worse off for acting as if all these concerns are not connected, for behaving as if each can be resolved in the silos that have become our comfort zones. WCF supports women candidates who demonstrate they have the goods to reach common ground.
When 100% of America is represented by 100% of the available talent, wisdom and skill – 50/50, men and women, like the population – we have a stronger foundation for figuring out what’s in the best interest of all. When more of the people we elect are common ground experts, we can make better policy. Better laws. Be better represented in the decisions that shape our lives. Our liberty. Our pursuit of happiness.
Women’s Campaign School at Yale University
Empowering Women to Lead Through Politics
The Women’s Campaign School at Yale has one mission: increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe. We are a nonpartisan, issue-neutral political campaign-training program.
The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University is a non-partisan, issue neutral leadership program, whose mission is to increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe. The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University has been inspiring and training women to lead for over twenty years.
WCS Yale provides the very best training in the world for women who want to run for office or run a political campaign. Over five days, you’ll join women from the United States and abroad in an intense, boot-camp-style program designed to teach you the strategies essential to successful campaigns. Our curriculum is designed by women, for women, and taught by the best, most experienced campaign operatives in the business.
All students leave WCS Yale with unmatched expertise in campaigns and the skills to advance their political careers. You’ll become a strong, inspired, effective leader, and build lasting relationships with classmates. You’ll hear from women who hold elected office, women who shape campaigns, and women who influence our political process.
- Paid Media
- Press Operations
- Grassroots Organizing
- Voter Targeting
- Polling & Research
- Get out the Vote
- Speeches & Interviews
- Digital Campaigns