Feed the Grassroots


There is a huge problem with political giving.

We are all fed up with desperate email appeals that read like hostage notes and funnel our money to all the wrong places: parties, consultants, TV campaigns. The vast majority of these top down campaign funds never touch the voters we need to reach. We have a better idea.

Shift your giving into long-term, transformative work.

 The highest leverage work in 2018 was done by unsung grassroots groups that worked neighbor-to-neighbor on shoestring budgets. 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 need to be fed all the time.

Fund organizers all year long

Airlift lets you invest in groups that help young, black and brown people fight for issues they really care about--like immigrant and worker rights, justice reform, healthcare and education. Each Airlift fund invests in 5-6 proven local groups that are working now to win in 2020. And 10 of our groups are tipping the scales in the top 5 presidential states that we have to win to beat Trump--Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona.

Donate evenly to all Airlift funds

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

There are 3 Airlift funds.

Each fund has a strategy. Every investment is carefully vetted. Our groups are like little birds. They don’t eat a lot, but they are always hungry.

  1. West by Southwest

California, Arizona, and Nevada had enough winnable races in 2018 to get Democrats one-third of the way toward control of Congress. Done! You’re investing in six powerful groups: one statewide, one each in Orange County and the Central Valley, plus one front line group in Nevada and two in Arizona.

2. Lift the Midwest

In 2018 Airlift helped 5 heroic midwestern groups make urgent repairs to the old blue wall that crumbled in 2016. Well, the Midwest came back! In Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Republicans lost every statewide office. Where some despaired, we saw opportunity. And we see even more in 2019 and 2020. 

3. Voter Motor

This portfolio funds Southern voting rights groups that made serious inroads in 2018 in the face of massive voter suppression.  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, there were very significant down ballot victories. 

Checks work, too.

Make out your check to “Airlift”
Mail to: Airlift c/o Tides Advocacy
The Presidio, PO Box 29229, San Francisco, CA 94129

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