Our criteria: groups we invest in must
Have leaders with outstanding track records
Be vetted by people and groups we know and trust
Have a demonstrated ability to plan and execute programs
Be willing to share metrics and performance
Do work crucial to winning the Presidency, Senate and House in 2020
How our investments are selected
The selection and vetting process is ongoing and multi-layered. Airlift has a network of advisors with deep movement experience who recommend groups based on our strategies. We work in tandem with the Movement Voter Project, Women Donors Network, America Votes, Tides Advocacy and Way to Win. These groups move tens of millions of dollars using strategies almost identical to our own. We attend their briefings, read their advisories and attend conferences where we compare notes on where the needs are greatest and which groups are doing the strongest work.
Matt Singer, the leading strategist behind automatic voter registration, now in 15 states
Billy Wimsatt, Founder and Executive Director, Movement Voter Project
Natalie Foster, Fellow at the Institute for the Future and Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute
Larry Litvak, former CFO at Working Assets and Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford
Becky Bond, strategy advisor to Beto O’Rourke and co-founder of realjusticepac.org
Ludovic Blain, Director, Color of Democracy Fund and the Progressive Era Project
Jason Franklin, Kellogg Professor at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Airlift is an all-volunteer, zero-overhead arm of the Mill Valley Community Action Network, a California-based 501(c)(4) corporation. We are an advisory service only. We do not touch any money. When you contribute, your funds go directly to the groups we support via ActBlue, which charges about 4% for credit card fees and to sustain their organization. Contributions by check go to Tides Advocacy, which distributes the funds directly to the groups and charges about 4% to support their back office operation. Airlift contributions are not tax-deductible.