Indivisible’s model has created something rare in the progressive world: nationwide, volunteer, locally-led, multi-issue organizing in which the unit of activism is the local group rather than the individual.

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There are significant advantages to this model:

Leveraging Local Leadership

This structure empowers volunteer leaders to take charge and make use of their own resources, tapping into local knowledge, skills, and networks. By its very nature, independent local leadership creates a sense of ownership, innovation, and personal investment.
 

A Virtuous cycle of advocacy and electoral work

Indivisible groups engage where they can have the most impact. That means pressuring their elected officials in off years, and working to register voters and get out the vote in election years. The same groups engage in both types of work, with the advocacy work keeping group members engaged and defining the incumbent candidates of the next year. Indivisible groups build and maintain lasting local progressive infrastructure, regardless of the election cycle.

Power of Community

People are more likely to get involved and stay involved in activism if they feel like part of a community. Indivisible groups build social networks that fight burnout and mobilize their members to make commitments of time and energy that organizations with impersonal volunteering structures struggle to achieve.

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Indivisible has two separate legal entities.

Indivisible Project, our 501(c)(4), started 2017 as a project of the Advocacy Fund but later spun off to become an independent organization. It sought to lift up a grassroots movement of local groups to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies. We strengthened groups by offering legislative advocacy and political expertise and by building political power everywhere.

Indivisible Fund, our 501(c)(3), is a project of the Tides Foundation. Its work is focused on civic engagement to advance progressive values and policies through leadership development, strong organizing structures, and civic education. In 2018, Indivisible formed its own independent 501(c)(3), Indivisible Civics.

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Vision

A diverse, progressive movement of constituents builds power across the country by organizing locally, developing and remaking civic institutions, building consciousness and solidarity, and forming strong partnerships and coalitions. We hold the Democratic Party accountable for championing progressive values and hold government accountable to the needs of all of its constituents. We change the conversation about our country’s values and ultimately take power in government at every level to make it responsive to those values.

Mission

The Indivisible Project powers and lifts up a grassroots movement of local groups to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies.

Goals

  1. The Indivisible movement achieves policy and political victories defending and advancing progressive values, in large part through effective action by local groups.
  2. Local Indivisible groups strengthen and help sustain a powerful progressive movement.

Program Teams

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Organizing Team

Develops and supports strong local groups, facilitates coordination, and develops a thriving network.

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Political Team

Demystifies election processes and empowers local groups to engage effectively and strategically in electoral activity.

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Policy Team

Demystifies government processes and empowers local groups to affect policy change.

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Communications Team

Builds  a sense of shared identity through press and branding and defines a national narrative about constituent power and Indivisible civic engagement.

Looking Ahead 

Indivisible Project is rolling out Indivisible 435, our nationwide electoral campaign strategy that supports local groups to advocate for progressive values and progressive candidates in every single congressional district across the country - red, blue, and purple. Indivisible groups can add capacity and energy where progressive and party infrastructure is weak or nonexistent, particularly in red districts and rural areas. At the same time, we’ll be working to grow the electorate and create a more progressive political atmosphere in blue and purple districts.

Indivisible Project is giving our groups support through staff-led trainings, guidance, tools, and resources they need to push for progressive values and elect progressive candidates.

 

 

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VISION

A diverse, progressive movement of constituents builds power across the country by organizing locally, developing and remaking civic institutions, building consciousness and solidarity, and forming strong partnerships and coalitions. We hold the government accountable to the needs of all of its constituents. We change the conversation about our country’s values.

The Indivisible Fund cultivates and lifts up a grassroots movement of local groups to advance progressive values and policies.

GOALS

  1. Local Indivisible groups strengthen and help sustain a powerful progressive movement.

  2. The Indivisible movement achieves policy victories defending and advancing progressive values, in large part through effective action by local groups.

Program Teams

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Organizing Team

Develops and supports strong local groups, facilitates coordination, and develops a thriving network.

 Megaphone

Communications Team

Builds a sense of shared identity through press and branding and defines a national narrative about constituent power and indivisible civic engagement.

 

 Outline of the United States Capitol building

Policy Team

Demystifies government processes and empowers local groups to affect policy change.

 

Looking Ahead

In 2018, we will double down on long-term investment in the health, effectiveness, and connectivity of Indivisible groups to create a thriving, interconnected network through training, access to tools and resources, building our data infrastructure, and developing our national, state, and local coordinating structure.

Whether welfare reform, the DREAM Act, infrastructure, or war with Iran or North Korea, our policy team will demystify the workings of Congress and the administration to fight back against Trump’s legislative priorities. As in 2017, the policy team will produce briefs, explainers, state-specific scripts, and other timely policy resources so that groups can apply their constituent power effectively.