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Distributed Fundraising: Fundraising for Groups

We are ecstatic to be providing a streamlined process for you to fundraise for costs associated with your Indivisible group. Indivisible’s Distributed Fundraising program is a streamlined process for groups to fundraise without going through the hullabaloo of forming a board of directors, writing bylaws, registering as an independent organization, or seeking out 501(c)(4) status. As part of this process, we will provide you with:

  • An ActBlue community page;
  • A debit card;
  • Guidance to help you maximize your fundraising;
  • Access to the information of the people who donate;
  • And a system for reporting for your group’s spending.

Groups have already raised thousands of dollars to support their work and we want to make sure you have the opportunity to take your group to the next level using this powerful tool. Sign up here today, and reach out to fundraising@indivisible.org with any questions.

Examples of Group Fundraising and Spending

The distributed fundraising program provides you with tools your group needs to fundraise and spend funds. Here are some real life examples of what groups have done using the program.

Because we are a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, there are certain spending restrictions

You CAN spend the money on

  • Public education
  • Voter registration
  • Group building
  • Lobbying
  • Some federal political spending (requires pre-approval)

You CANNOT spend the money on

  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Personal enrichment
  • Staff or independent contractors
  • Direct contributions to campaigns, political parties, or PACs
  • State & local political work
  • Coordinated federal political work

So what exactly is political spending?

Political spending is money spent to explicitly support or oppose a candidate for an elected office. This requires pre-approval, which can be submitted here. Certain restrictions apply and can be broken down into two areas.

Type of Race

  • Federal = ALLOWED (requires pre-approval)
  • State & Local = NOT ALLOWED through this program

Type of Involvement

  • Coordinated (work with a candidate or have access to non-public information) = NOT ALLOWED
  • Independent Expenditure or IE (spending without ANY coordination with a candidate or campaign) = ALLOWED (requires pre-approval)

As a recap, political spending is only allowed for INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES on FEDERAL ELECTIONS, but requires pre-approval which can be submitted here.

Process to Participate

It is easy to participate in Indivisible's fundraising program! Download our process overview document.