Feed the Grassroots


Where does your political money do the most good?

We started Airlift because all of us are bombarded with an insane amount of political fundraising, and there is no way to know where our money is really going or how it is being used. The vast majority of this top down money never touches the voters we need to reach. If you want to win in 2020, we have a better idea.


Shift your giving into long-term, transformative work

The highest leverage work in 2018 was done by issue-driven grassroots groups working neighbor-to-neighbor. This year-round field organizing work has proven to be the most effective way to engage and turn out unlikely voters. But funding dries up in non-election years, forcing layoffs of talented staff and trained organizers. These groups are like little birds. They don’t eat a lot. But they are always hungry.


Fund organizers all year long

Airlift lets you invest in the most effective groups that help young, black and brown people fight for issues they really care about—so when elections approach they are fully engaged and know what to do. Each Airlift fund invests in 5-6 proven local groups that are working in battleground states. And 10 of our groups are working right now in the top 5 must-win presidential states--Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona.



Donate evenly to all Airlift funds

Airlift groups are rebuilding democracy from the bottom up. We are an all-volunteer, zero-overhead way to support long-term work in battleground states. Feed the grassroots, not consultants and TV.



There are 3 Airlift funds

We make it easy to donate strategically. Each fund has a strategy. Every investment is carefully vetted. You don’t have to be a member or attend meetings or spend hours researching where to give. We do that work for you with the help of our incredible advisors.



West by Southwest

California, Arizona, and Nevada had enough winnable races in 2018 to get Democrats 1/3 of the way toward control of Congress. Done! Invest in 6 powerful groups: one CA statewide, 1 each in Orange County and the Central Valley, plus 1 frontline group in Nevada and 2 in Arizona, a must-win presidential state.


Lift the Midwest

In 2018 Airlift helped 5 midwestern groups make urgent repairs to the old blue wall that crumbled in 2016. Well, the Midwest is coming back! In Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, we won every statewide office. Where some despaired, we saw opportunity. And we see even more in 2019 and 2020. All 6 Lift the Midwest groups are in must-win presidential states.


Voter Motor

This portfolio funds 5 voting rights groups in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Texas. In 2018 Florida restored the right to vote for 1.4 million ex-felons. Youth early voting in Texas was up 500%. Hispanic voting was up 173% in the region. Even where we lost, we closed gaps and won significant down ballot victories. Voter Motor funds 2 groups in Florida, a must-win presidential state.


Checks work, too

Mail to Airlift
c/o Tides Advocacy
The Presidio, PO Box 29229, San Francisco, CA 94129

Please download, fill out and include this form with your check.


Where does your money go?