“Dara is passionate and committed to grassroots, bottom up organizing.” – Charles Lenchner, Executive Director at Organizing 2.0
I have been working as a grassroots organizer for the past 20 years on a wide range of issues. Right now, I spend a good chunk of my time supporting amazing organizations across New York State and the U.S. to build more effective campaigns, develop strong leaders and a broad and deep base of leaders. I have worked in a wide range of communities supporting their efforts for racial, economic, gender and social justice. I am particularly interested in working with groups organizing poor and working-class white people in rural areas.
Below is a partial list of services that I can provide. The first step is a conversation so I can get a sense of the needs of you or your organization. Then I write up a proposal of the work, outlining the need, scope, deliverables, timeline and budget. All work is individualized and tailored to best suit your organization.
Base Building: Support in creating/improving, maintaining and evaluating base- building structures.
Membership: Understanding membership structures, developing, implementing and evaluating individual membership models, creating a dues structure.
Recruitment: Door knocking, basic recruitment skills, one to ones, train the trainers, systems for following up and tracking members, membership retention strategies.
Leadership Development: Developing leaders, systems and structures for the long-term development of leaders, identifying and recruiting new leaders, developing training modules to advance members, train the trainers.
Campaign: Strategic campaign development, general training, campaign-specific planning and development.
Coalitions: Building, strengthening and maintaining networks, partnerships and collaboratives.
Political Education: Understanding the political landscape and how to build power, and targeting.
Financial Management for Organizing: Reading, understanding and developing financial statements & budgets, tracking and projecting income and expenses, etc.
Supervision: Supervision structures, supervising organizers, coaching and support for new managers, new organizers.
Coaching: For new and experienced organizers, program and project directors and Executive Directors.
Staff Transitions: Transitioning members to staff and board roles and transitioning lead staff out in sustainable ways.
Strategic Planning: short and long-range visioning and planning.