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    • Organizing

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    5 Ways Mobile Canvassing is Getting Smarter for 2016

    August 22, 2016

    Mobile canvassing apps have already changed the way canvassers and organizers work. Forget printing reams of (expensive, environmentally-damaging) paper, and importing sheet after sheet of hand-written responses at the end of the day - smartphones can do everything a clipboard can plus far more, and all while saving time, money, and headaches.

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    • Digital

    • Fundraising

    • NGP

    How to Revive an Old Email List

    August 22, 2016

    These days there’s an email series for everything, and by far the most popular is the (very important) welcome series - by this point you’ve likely read article after article about why you should be creating one. A quick search returned over 10 articles from this year alone. If you haven’t already set one up, go do that now, I’ll wait.

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    • Organizing

    • Digital

    5 Organizing Tactics You Should be Using This Election

    August 10, 2016

    The 2016 General Election is changing the campaigning playbook in more ways than you might think. With huge amounts of new technology available to organizers on the ground, the possibilities for race-changing innovations are almost endless. That’s why we decided to get together with our digital expert Mike Liddell, and our organizing guru Amanda Coulombe to ask what new tactics are on the cards for organizers this election.

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    • Fundraising

    • NGP

    7 FEC Reporting Errors to Avoid

    August 8, 2016

    Whether you've been filing reports for years or dealing with the FEC for the first time, the crucial role that filing software plays in making sure the numbers always come out right (and you get to go home on time) is clear.

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    • Direct Mail

    • Innovation Platform

    Innovation Platform Spotlight: SpeakEasy Political

    August 5, 2016

    Digital innovation has touched almost every sector of the political world. Donating is easier online, organizers can go door to door with their iPhones, and social media outreach has changed the game. But older workhorse tools - like direct mail - have been slow to evolve. That changes this cycle.

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    • Organizing

    • Innovation Platform

    Innovation Platform Spotlight: Empower Engine

    August 3, 2016

    NGP VAN’s Innovation Platform is making it easier for campaigns of all sizes to run fully-integrated, sophisticated multi-channel voter contact campaigns. This week, we’re highlighting one of our many progressive technology partners from the Innovation Platform Marketplace - Empower Engine. A web mapping application for Democrats and Progressives, Empower Engine was co-founded in 2013 by NGP VAN alumni Julie Goldberg and Noah Glusenkamp.

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    • Digital

    • Fundraising

    • NGP

    12 Emotions Fundraisers Feel on FEC Filing Day

    July 26, 2016

    In honor of the dreaded FEC deadline, discover all of the feels leading up to filing day:  

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    • Organizing

    • Design

    Introducing Dashboard

    July 13, 2016

    VAN is the technology backbone of nearly every Democratic campaign and progressive organization in the country. Every day from now until November, thousands of organizers and volunteers will use VAN to manage key aspects of their work - but we know that it hasn’t always been easy for people to jump right into the work they need to do. That’s why we built Dashboard.

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    • Netroots

    Campaign Tech: Here's 7 Must-Attend Sessions at #NN16

    July 11, 2016

    It's that time of year again! Our team is excited to be joining hundreds of progressive activists, do-gooders and techies in St. Louis, MO for Netroots Nation 2016! Like every year, there's some all-star panels and trainings showing off the newest innovations in campaign tech...here's a few that you absolutely can't miss:

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    • Organizing

    Mobile Canvassing Gets Major Upgrade with Script Branching on MiniVAN

    June 30, 2016

    More than ever before, campaign volunteers are ditching clipboards and paper lists for canvassing apps like MiniVAN. Mobile canvassing is already completely transforming field programs, helping canvassers get out the vote more easily and efficiently. Now, we’re ready to take field organizing to the next level – by introducing Script Branching on MiniVAN.

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    • Organizing

    • Digital

    Cutting-Edge Digital Tools Aren’t Just for Fundraising - Introducing Field Automation on VAN

    June 27, 2016

    Traditionally, innovations in the digital political world have been focused primarily around online fundraising. Innovations like one-click donations, mobile responsive forms, welcome series emails, pre-filling form fields, and A/B testing have long been focused on improving conversion rates for contribution forms. That’s been great for digital fundraisers, but what about organizers? Today we’re excited to announce the launch of an entirely new suite of digital tools just for organizers: introducing Field Automation, Targeted Email, and Online Actions on VAN.

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    • Fundraising

    • NGP

    New NGP + LinkedIn Integration: A Vital Tool for Fundraising & Donor Research

    June 16, 2016

    One key feature that we provide on NGP is automatic matching to individuals’ Facebook and Twitter profiles based on their email address. This week, we’re excited to announce that we’ve added another key social network to our social matching feature: LinkedIn.

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    • Culture

    NGP VAN Named One of “50 Best Workplaces” by Inc. Magazine

    May 25, 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Inc. Magazine named NGP VAN as one of its inaugural “50 Best Workplaces”, the first such measurement of American companies with up to 500 employees that deploy state-of-the-art techniques to keep their staff happy and productive.

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    • Organizing

    • Design

    Introducing Sidebar Navigation in VAN

    May 3, 2016

    We’re constantly working to improve our products and make them easier for our customers to use. One thing we’ve continued to hear is that you want a better way to move around VAN. Everyone from volunteers to administrators want to complete their work faster and more easily. There’s so much you can do in VAN - from cutting turf, to phone banking, to managing contacts - and our users asked for a streamlined way to complete tasks, one that doesn’t rely on main menu. So, we’ve designed something that allows you to do just that: Sidebar navigation in VAN. 

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    • Organizing

    • Phones

    7 Common Mistakes of Political Phone Campaigns

    May 2, 2016

    Despite advances in other forms of voter outreach, none of them can match the efficiency and efficacy of a well-executed phones program. And with NGP VAN’s Phone Tools, we take this to another level by allowing users to create Robocall, Predictive Dialer, or Paid Live Call campaigns directly through the VAN interface with results returned in real time. By avoiding the mistakes below, you’ll be sure to get the most out of our tools:

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    • Insider

    • Organizing

    • Digital

    How Mobile Canvassing Has Transformed Field Campaigns

    April 26, 2016

    Technology hasn’t given us flying cars - but it has transformed the way we do things. Why canvass with clipboards and several forests worth of paper, when you have an incredibly powerful smartphone in your pocket? Last week, we caught up with Amanda Coulombe, NGP VAN’s General Manager of Organizing (and no stranger to GOTV), to ask her about her early paper canvassing experiences, and how the latest version of MiniVAN and the all new MiniVAN Manager have changed the way field campaigns are run.

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    • Culture

    Investing in Our Employees' Future

    April 21, 2016

    Paying for college can be a huge burden, with tuition costs rising faster every year. Having a dedicated savings plan in place with automatic contributions makes it much easier to manage costs, pursue a degree, or save for a child’s future.  

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  • Why You Should Come Work With Me at NGP VAN

    April 11, 2016

    In 2014, I left my job of 14 years – the only full-time job I had ever had – and joined NGP VAN. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made; one that brings me joy and satisfaction each day. As is common for us, the company is growing, and I want you to seriously consider joining me. Here are a number of reasons why you should apply, even if you aren’t really actively looking for a job:

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    • case study

    • predictive dialer

    Case Study: Using NGP VAN's Phone Tools to "Awaken Democracy"

    April 7, 2016

    This spring, more than 250 organizations representing a diverse array of movements and thousands of people are coming together in Washington, DC for Democracy Awakening - to mobilize to protect voting rights, get big money out of politics, and demand fair consideration of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Groups like People for the American Way, MoveOn.org, NAACP, LCV Education Fund, Equality Federation, and many others have joined forces for this massive weekend of events. Mobilizing progressive activists on such a huge scale takes a lot of work and requires sophisticated organizing tools - so when event organizers began planning their outreach, they knew NGP VAN could help.

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    • Insider

    • Organizing

    Political Campaign Management: 5 Things NOT to do

    March 31, 2016

    We asked John Miyasato, owner of Crossroads Consulting to team up with Drew Ball, veteran campaigner from NGP VAN, Crossroads, and the Sierra Club to to tell us about common campaign management mess-ups, and how to avoid them.  Political campaign management is a complicated thing. Your organization has a finite amount of cash, volunteers, and time that are hard to recover - polling day waits for no one, and making mistakes can be costly.

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  • Data Security and Privacy

    December 18, 2015

    Update: 12/19, 9:46PM EST Late last night we were directed by our client the DNC to restore the Sanders campaign's full access to VoteBuilder. NGP VAN staff worked through the night to ensure Sanders campaign staff were up and running by early this morning. For clarification, NGP VAN played no part in the October data issue that has been mentioned. We look forward to working closely with the DNC and our partners on the important next steps that will ensure Democratic success around the country in November. Update: 12/18, 3:53 PM EST Updating with additional information and clarification: First, a one page-style report containing summary data on a list was saved out of VoteBuilder by one Sanders user. This is what some people have referred to as the “export” from VoteBuilder. As noted below, users were unable to export lists of people.

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  • VAN 5.2 Update Features ProgressUI Overhaul

    December 3, 2015

    We take pride in designing experiences that help our users change the world, one action at a time.

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    • Digital

    • Fundraising

    Optimization Wins: New Online Forms Improve Conversions by 5.9 Percent

    October 22, 2015

    I wear a lot of hats at NGP VAN, but my highest priority is being obsessed with conversion rates. That’s why today, I'm excited to share a big development: according to our most recent analysis, NGP VAN customers are enjoying 5.9 percent higher conversion rates on their online forms.  I'm pretty excited about this. Actually, I'm downright giddy.  Here's a look at the new features that make our online forms lean, mean, converting machines.

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  • Democratic/Progressive Voter Contacts: 387 Million

    November 3, 2014

    Up 68% in 2014 over 2010 For Immediate Release:  November 3rd, 2014 On the day before the election, NGP VAN provided previously unreleased information that Democrats and progressives had made a total of 386,889,562 voter contacts so far in the 2014 cycle.  This is an increase of 68% over the voter contacts made in the 2010 cycle.  The increase will grow even larger after the voter contacts for Monday and Tuesday are factored in.

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  • NGP VAN Launches Innovation Platform, Significant Updates to Tools

    August 21, 2014

    Next Chapter for Progressive Tech Ecosystem Washington, DC – Tonight, at an event attended by hundreds of top Democratic and progressive campaign insiders and joined by thousands more through an online live stream, leading tech company NGP VAN launched the next major chapter in the evolution of the progressive political technology ecosystem and set a path that will continue to give Democrats and progressives a tech edge. 

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  • NGP VAN Launches Social Fundraising

    July 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today NGP VAN announced the public launch of Social Fundraising, a new tool that helps Democratic campaigns and progressive organizations empower supporters to raise money on their behalf. Unlike other peer-to-peer online fundraising platforms, Social Fundraising integrates both online and offline fundraising; a key feature for fundraisers who are frequently frustrated by the lack of offline integration in many online-only tools. 

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  • NGP VAN and Catalist Partner on Innovative "Activist Continuum" Project for the National Education Association

    June 6, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – The National Education Association (NEA) announced today that it is working with Catalist and NGP VAN to develop its “Activist Continuum.” This project uses Catalist “Big Data” analytics to synthesize and understand NEA member activity across a range of civic activities, and make that understanding of each member actionable in the NGP VAN software via features developed for the NEA. This will allow the NEA to interact with members at the correct level of engagement, on the issues they care about, leading to more action and greater efficiency.

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  • Network Effects Give Democrats Online Fundraising Edge

    April 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats up and down the ticket are seeing increased online contributions during this election cycle, powered in part by network effects that are providing them with improved conversion rates, due to the prevalence of NGP VAN, the leading tools provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns. Thousands of Democratic candidates and committees are clients of NGP VAN, ranging from Ready For Hillary, to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to over 80% of the Democrats in the U.S. House, to thousands of other Democratic state legislative and smaller campaigns.

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  • NGP VAN Hires Congressional Leadership Aide for Senior Marketing Position

    March 17, 2014

     WASHINGTON, DC – NGP VAN, the nation’s leading technology provider to Obama for America and thousands of Democratic campaigns and progressive organizations announced that it has hired Kat Skiles, formerly the Press Secretary & Director of Online Strategy for the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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  • ICYMI: Votebuilder the Foundation for DNC’s New Project Ivy

    February 26, 2014

    For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week the Democratic National Committee Announced a new technology initiative, called Project Ivy, to help candidates across the country operationalize the data tools used by President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and maintain an edge in the campaign technology race.

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