Feed the Grassroots


Bottom up is a winning strategy

Thanks to grassroots organizing, the 2018 midterms saw massive increases in voter turnout by young people and people of color. When these people vote, they vote 75% Democratic. And there are 40 million of them who are eligible but not registered.

Turn non-voters into voters

 Airlift is an easy, strategic way to invest in proven local groups that help non-voters fight for issues they care about–like immigrant rights, healthcare, justice reform and fair elections. When they’re engaged, they vote. With all eyes on the Democratic presidential primary, our groups are on the ground now organizing the states we need to win.

Fund local feet on the street

The year-round neighbor-to-neighbor organizing work Airlift supports is the most effective way to engage and turn out new voters. Each Airlift fund invests in 5-6 local groups that are working now to win in 2020. But their 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.

Donate evenly to all Airlift groups

Airlift is an all-volunteer, zero-overhead Wirecutter for political giving. With the help of a distinguished panel of advisors, we help you aim your money where it will do the most good. Airlift donations are not tax-deductible.

There are 3 Airlift funds

Each fund has a strategy. Every investment is carefully vetted. And we report back to you every quarter on what your money is doing.

  1. West by Southwest Fund

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 Fund

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 Fund

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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