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Support to help grantees ramp up on digital tools & tactics to build power

We’re glad to talk with you about your foundation or grantee partners’ needs. For more information, or to set up a time to discuss, email us at info at socialmovementtechnologies.org. The best starting point is to watch the info session recording below which details a range of ways SMT is partnering with funders.

In the present moment, organizing groups urgently need to expand their online/offline organizing capacity. Some have already incorporated digital tools and tactics into their work, while others must now work quickly to catch up. Groups are either going to adapt or be sidelined. More than an adaptation to a temporary change, this is part of an ongoing shift demanding new ways of organizing, and new ways of managing teams.

In response, many funders are finding it cost-effective to sponsor a cohort of grantee partners to ramp up their campaigning. SMT has a deep library of resources, training, and coaching available to groups and a proven model for bringing it to funder-supported cohorts. Funders are sponsoring grantees with support for:

  • Assessment and review of the organization’s online/offline organizing
  • A time bank of technical assistance/coaching / accompaniment hours
  • Access to the SMT on-demand course library 
  • Small group training & coaching to maximize learning and sharing among the cohort
  • Funder-sponsored participation in the weeklong intensive Digital Campaign Certificate Program

SMT is working or has worked under contract with the following foundations: 11th Hour Foundation, Amplify Fund, Andrus Family Fund, Groundswell, Liberty Hill Foundation, NEO Philanthropy, Rose Foundation, Rx Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Surdna, Wilburforce Foundation, and Woods Fund. Many more have sponsored groups of grantees to attend SMT trainings. 

SMT has become a major source of online/offline campaign training for progressive movements. Founded 10 years ago, SMT has trained over seven thousand staff members from 4,400+ groups. During the week of March 23, 2020, SMT held a series of two webinars on the transition to remote teams and organizing in this moment – attended by the capacity limit of 1000 attendees.

SMT’s intensive digital campaign training has become a key go-to for digital training for staff, with over 1000 alums. Over 70 organizing networks are “Outreach Partners,” helping spread the word about SMT trainings. Major groups have sent 15-80 staffers to SMT intensive training including for example Amnesty International, Greenpeace, 350.or, and ActionAid, and in the U.S.: Center for Popular Democracy, People’s Action, Jobs with Justice, State Voices, Color of Change, SEIU, UNITE HERE, and many others. 


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Staff and activists of 4,400+ groups
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Testimonials

SMT is an amazing resource for starting digital organizing and communications and maintaining a program that engages members and moves them to action. There are a bunch of free and super reasonably priced webinars available so you can jump right in and focus on what you need to improve.The webinars have just been stellar. I've learned so much, especially from the Top Tools and Tactics to bump up your organizing game. I used the templates and resources to set up an editorial calendar and to track stats for our new social media channels. It was very easy to take what was presented in the training and apply it to my union immediately.
Katie Ryan – Assistant Business Agent, IATSE Local 16
I found the email coaching course to be extremely helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed that this exercise involved everyone working from the same assignment. It made the feedback that much more helpful. I think this has been one of the best SMT sessions that I've taken.
Crystal Mor, Digital Coordinator, NJ-CAIC
[The Digital Campaigning Certificate Program] is a wonderful course with a great amount of information to get you started on understanding how digital can work for your own organization.
Marium Navid, Digital Organizer, SEIU-UHW
[SMT's WhichCRM tool] helped me make a side by side comparison without having to spend hours sifting through demos and websites on my own. Invaluable!
Ann Bickerton, VP of Membership, Heart of LA Democratic Club
SMT helped us choose an appropriate database for our organization. Its focused training sessions are valuable tools that have helped us further a conversation with our grassroots leaders about strategically building a more powerful, goal-oriented organization.
Alison Auciello – Climate Justice Organizer, Communities United For Action
The Social Movement Technologies Digital Campaigner Certificate is an excellent opportunity for me to meet digital organizers from across the country who are doing important work fighting for social justice on digital platforms. Often times, we are isolated in our work whether it be regionally or by issue, but through this program I've learned so much about all the cool ways other organizers are engaging and building movements. I've also been able to refresh my own knowledge about digital campaigning and have learned about a ton of new technology, software, and platforms that can be used for positive social change. Thank you SMT team!
Jen Lawhorne, Digital Organizer, ProgressVA
I wish SMT had existed when I started organizing in 2010! I learned many of these skills on the fly, often through trial and error. Overall it is really helpful to learn about all of the new tools which exist, especially ones that non-profits can use for low or no cost. The presentation did a great job of outlining best practices for many different scenarios.
Isaac Silberman-Gorn, Mechanic Mentor, Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy
All of SMT training is packed and powerful!
Monika Warner, Public Relations Chair – Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO
This is great for C3's to understand what they SHOULD be doing during elections. I think there is much more space for C3s to take the GOTV initiative.
Logan Mills, Community Organizer, Maine Women’s Lobby
[The Digital Campaigning Certificate Program] is a great course to get to know all the different aspects of digital campaigning. What I like most about it is the consistent focus on building power.
Joep Karskens, Digital Organizer, Friends of the Earth Netherlands
This was a fantastic training experience and I learned a lot about emerging technology with lots of support!
Nathan Taft, Digital Campaigner, Stand.earth
[Story-Based Strategy] was awesome. It was sort of a refresher and a reset for me as an organizer and a social worker. I took a great deal of notes.
Jessica Estes, Deputy Director, MOWIN
Two things I valued most about the program were lifelong access to the course materials and case study walkthroughs from some of the most compelling organizers and organizing collectives we have in the field right now.
Keisha E. McKenzie, PhD, Director of Digital Strategy, Auburn Seminary and Digital Certificate Program participant 2018-2019
We reached out very last minute to get help with ad campaigns. It was a really great experience, I have nothing but good things to say about it. We look forward to being able to work with them again in the future
Iridane Sanchez, Deputy Director West of Data and Technology, State Voices
I got a LOT out of it...the idea that comms can be used not just to “raise the visibility” of my organization, but to build power -- to move people, engage them, get them to do something concrete to push our social justice work forward. The strategies and tools shared were super helpful, and have already had measurable impact. Staff is fantastic - knowledgeable, responsive, thoughtful, collaborative.
Mary Schindler, Communications Manager, Youth Leadership Institute and SMT Digital Campaigning 2017-2019 alum
The webinars were very thorough, and the SMT team seems very responsive, broadly knowledgeable, and intuitive. The “WhichCRM?” questionnaire was helpful when I filled it out with my team. It helped us think about the aspects of a CRM we were looking for.
Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSRH)
Last year, we worked with SMT on a census campaign with Native Voice Network, and we got so much direct campaign support, one-on-one coaching. I spent a lot of time doing just one-on-one coaching support with ads. after that I felt super empowered and fearless to just navigate all these different tools in the universe. So it was a really great and helpful experience for us.
Isel Cuapio, Digital Organizer, Native Voice Network
SMT is the only training I know of that speaks our language of activism and uses the tools we use everyday in the field. They are a go-to resource to help raise the bar for communications in the labor movement.
Mark Maldonado – Digital Strategist, Texas AFL-CIO
Great information on how to make emails more impactful and spur action. Great to get direct feedback on a sample email.
Jocelyn Meyers, Communications and Development Director, Friends of Cedar Mesa
Our staff have taken SMT’s excellent trainings over the past five years. Mastering the strategic use of digital tools is essential to advance social change online. SMT’s offerings are a much-needed and unique resource. And they are responsive and committed to meeting the needs of participants. We’re thrilled to partner on the new Global South track of their Digital Campaigning Certificate program, which is a need that we expressed and they acted on promptly. Thank you SMT!
Shelley Buckingham, Digital Communications Lead, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Canada
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