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    • Action Platform

    Rebuilding the Rocket Ship In-Flight

    June 13, 2017

    At NGP VAN, our vision is to enable sophisticated multi-channel campaigns and unify interactions across fundraising, organizing, and communications objectives.

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  • A Day Without the Women of NGP VAN

    March 8, 2017

    The women of NGP VAN are magic - they're developers, engineers, designers, accountants, human resource professionals, sales & account managers, marketers, client services representatives, and data specialists, and our company and our tools would not be here if it weren't for their expertise, dedication, and passion for building a better world.

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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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    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • NGP VAN Acquires NationalField

    November 14, 2013

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – NGP VAN, the global leader in technology for Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, today announced its acquisition of NationalField, the startup launched out of the 2008 Obama campaign that provides online organizing networks and powerful data dashboards to campaigns and organizations fighting for change.

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  • VAN continues to provide technology advantage for Democrats

    November 6, 2013

    Washington, D.C. – VAN, the voter contact and volunteer management tool by NGP VAN, continued to provide a technology advantage to Democrats and progressives across the country in 2013. The VAN helped candidates in swing states like Virginia win close races over Republicans by powering a larger and more efficient field and get out the vote program. The VAN was widely acknowledged as helping to power President Obama’s superior voter contact and volunteer management programs during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

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  • NGP VAN Makes Inc. 5000 for 7th Straight Year

    August 29, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – NGP VAN, the nation’s leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama’s re-election, has landed on the Inc. 5000 — a ranking the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing, private companies by Inc. Magazine.

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  • NGP VAN Hires Bryan Whitaker as COO

    April 8, 2013

    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 Bryan Whitaker, currently head of technology at the Democratic National Committee, to be its Chief Operating Officer.

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  • Organizing for Action Selects VAN

    April 5, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC (April 5, 2013) — Organizing for Action, a nonprofit organization established to support the agenda articulated by President Obama and endorsed by voters on November 6, 2012, has selected the VAN product to empower its organizing efforts. For over a decade now, the VAN — available to progressives and Democrats — has been the leading software tool for managing data about voters and volunteers.

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  • John Lee, COO of NGP VAN, Wins Campaigns & Elections’ CampaignTech Innovator Award

    March 28, 2013

    Today, John Lee, NGP VAN’s Chief Operating Officer, was recognized with the prestigiousCampaign Innovator award from Campaigns & Elections Magazine. Innovators have developed a legacy of innovation and collaboration using technology to inform, enable, and engage voters and constituents on behalf of political or issue advocacy campaign

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  • Social Organizing, Mobile Canvassing App, and Website Win Awards at AAPC Conference

    February 12, 2013

    While the most important wins are those of our clients, we want to share the wins NGP VAN had last week. At the American Association of Political Consultants Awards Conference, ourSocial Organizing tool won the Campaign Excellence Award for Best Use of New Technology, as well as top honors for Best Use of Facebook for GOTV and Best Use of New Technology for a Ballot Initiative.

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  • Stu Trevelyan, CEO of NGP VAN, Wins CampaignTech Campaign Innovator Award

    February 12, 2013

    Stu Trevelyan, CEO of NGP VAN since 2007, is being recognized on April 19 with CampaignTech’s 2012 Campaign Innovator Award. “I’m lucky to represent a team of 150 talented innovators on staff, and honored to work with the several thousand clients who innovate with us,” Trevelyan said.

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  • DLCC and NGP VAN Form Technology Partnership

    February 12, 2013

    Washington, D.C.  — The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) and NGP VAN have partnered to bring state legislative candidates across the country DLCC Go, a unique suite of integrated and affordable new media, fundraising, and field campaign tools that will give Democratic campaigns of all sizes a competitive technology edge.

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  • POKE: NGP VAN Introduces Facebook Political Organizing Tool

    February 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, NGP VAN, the leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, announced the launch of Social Organizing, providing clients with the ability to have supporters match their Facebook friends to the voter file as they take part in everyday campaign activities like voter identification and persuasion, grassroots fundraising, rally crowd building, volunteer recruitment, get out the vote (GOTV) activities, and much more.

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  • NGP VAN Makes Inc. 5000 for 6th Straight Year

    February 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – NGP VAN, the nation’s leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama’s reelection, has landed on the Inc. 5000 – a ranking the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing, private companies by Inc. magazine.

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  • NGP VAN at Democratic National Convention

    February 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, NGP VAN (NGPVAN.com), the nation’s leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama’s reelection, released information on its involvement at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  • NGP VAN Partners with Attentive.ly to Help Solve the "Email Problem"

    February 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – NGP VAN, the leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama's re-election effort, today announced that it will be partnering withAttentive.ly, which brings businesses, non-profits, and political campaigns an innovative new way to optimize their email lists by creating dynamic online communities through the discovery of their subscribers’ social media influence.

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  • NGP VAN Promotes “Rising Star” to Chief Operating Officer

    February 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, NGP VAN, the nation’s leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama’s reelection, announced the promotion of Senior Vice President John Lee to Chief Operating Officer. 

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  • Democrats Using Mobile Phones for Pollwatching

    February 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – NGP VAN, whose VAN product powers the field campaigns of almost all Democratic candidates including President Obama’s campaign, today announced the release of Mobile Pollwatcher. This new feature utilizes the collaborative data structure that helps provide Democrats with a technology edge in their ground game.

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  • NGP VAN Relaunches Leader Pelosi Website

    February 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC — On the heels of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s decision to stay on as leader of the House Democratic Caucus for a sixth term, NGP VAN today announced that it has re-launched Pelosi’s official leadership website, DemocraticLeader.gov, including a stronger emphasis on Twitter and online video.  NGP VAN also noted that it has begun offering services to other Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. As the leading technology provider to thousands of Democrats, NGP VAN has already launched House Drupal platform sites for Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and the Natural Resources Committee Democrats.

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  • NGP VAN and DMO Partner to Bring Local Democratic Candidates Winning Technology Solutions

    February 12, 2013

    BOSTON, MA and WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) and NGP VAN announced the formation of DMO Go, a partnership that will bring the nation’s leading suite of integrated political new media, fundraising, and campaign tools to Democratic leaders and candidates on the local government level.

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  • Creator of VAN Recognized with “Most Innovative Product,” “Best Use of Social Networking” Awards

    February 12, 2013

    Washington, D.C. — NGP VAN, creator of the nationwide VAN product that serves as the organizing infrastructure for Democrats and progressives, was honored Friday evening for their ongoing work providing innovative campaign technology. The prestigious Reed Awards, presented by Campaigns and Elections Magazine, recognize the latest techniques and talent in the business. NGP VAN was honored with the Most Innovative Product of the Year award and the Best Use of Social Networking Technology award (for the Elizabeth Warren for Senate campaign's use of Social Organizing).

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  • VAN/VoteBuilder Wins “Most Valuable Technology” Award at NOI’s RootsCamp

    January 25, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, NGP VAN, the leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama’s re-election, received the “Most Valuable Technology” of 2012 award for its VAN/VoteBuilder product at the New Organizing Institute’s (NOI) RootsCamp conference, an annual gathering of over 2,000 organizers in Washington, D.C.

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  • Hold the Phone

    January 25, 2013

    WASHINGTON, DC – With Election Day fast approaching, NGP VAN (NGPVAN.com), the nation’s leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama’s re-election, and Revolution Messaging (RevolutionMessaging.com), a leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for a mobile world, today announced a partnership that will bring mobile SMS solutions to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations across the country enabling them to send rapid response, get out the vote (GOTV), supporter mobilization, and other text messages to supporters on their mobile phones

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  • NGP VAN provides the technology backbone that powers Democratic ground game to victory

    November 7, 2012

    WASHINGTON, DC (November 7, 2012) -- NGP VAN, which counts as clients most Democrats from President Obama’s campaign to City Council candidates, helped Democrats ride people power to victory yesterday. NGP VAN’s products saw enormous activity:

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  • CallFire and NGP VAN Partner to Arm Thousands of Democratic Campaigns by Integrating Telephony into Field Organizing Tool

    August 23, 2012

    As Election Day Nears, Democratic and Progressive Campaign Organizations Gain an Edge with Reliable, Affordable Voice Communications Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA – CallFire (callfire.com), a leader in voice and text communication solutions that help companies and organizations grow, today announced it has been designated as the preferred provider of cloud broadcast voice and hosted IVR telephony services by NGP VAN (ngpvan.com), the technology provider which is used by virtually every Democratic candidate and progressive organization conducting a field campaign including President Obama’s reelection.

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  • NGP VAN Hires Key Nonprofit Leader for Senior Marketing, Sales Position

    August 8, 2012

    John Brougher to Head Marketing, Nonprofit Sales for Nation’s Leading Technology Provider to Democrats and Progressives   WASHINGTON, DC – Today, NGP VAN, the nation’s leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama’s reelection, announced the hiring of John Brougher as its new vice president of marketing and nonprofit sales.

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  • New Turf Cutter

    July 9, 2012

    As you know, Turf Cutter is one of the most popular and powerful tools in VAN. It has contributed significant efficiencies to the way in which Democratic field programs are run and managed by allowing users to develop customized lists for voter contact simply by encircling households or individuals on a map with polygons, forming the basis for printed and MiniVAN lists.

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  • MiniVAN for Android

    June 9, 2012

    We’re excited to announce that Android phone and tablet users can now enjoy all the same canvassing conveniences that folks already use on iOS gadgets, with the release of MiniVAN for Android.

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  • NGP VAN Launches Partnership with OK Cupid

    April 1, 2012

    Washington, D.C. -– NGP VAN, the leading provider of campaign and organizing technology to Democrats, progressives, and non-partisan organizations, is announcing a partnership with the dating site OK Cupid in an ongoing effort to ensure that no Democrat unknowingly dates a Republican ever again. “Ever get that sense during the first date that something is bit off, and then on the second date spot the Romney bumper sticker on their car?” asks Sara Little, Outreach Coordinator at NGP VAN, adding “Now you can vet for party affiliation before the first date even happens.” This partnership is a part of a long term strategy to produce more progressive couples, who, with their awesome progressive families will keep America moving in the right direction.

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  • NGP VAN Selected as New Media Preferred Provider By America Votes’ & State Voices’ Partners

    March 30, 2012

    America Votes and State Voices have partnered with NGP VAN to bring the best new media tools to progressive causes across the country. Our powerful Accelerator product offers an unparalleled website platform that integrates with the VAN organizing system that America Votes and State Voices non-profits already use. Other integrated optional modules includeSocial Organizing, Broadcast Email, Online Contributions, Predictive Dialer, Robocalls/polls, and Membership Database. As the preferred provider, we look forward to working with America Votes’ and State Voices’ partners to achieve progressive success in 2012 and beyond. For more info, give us a call at 202-686-9330 or email info@ngpvan.com.

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  • SmartVAN Wins Most Valuable Technology Award

    February 23, 2012

    The hundreds of progressive organizers attending NOI’s RootsCamp voted — and SmartVANwon as the Most Valuable Technology! Spread the word so that other progressives hear that the Democratic voter file is now available to them for the first time, to provide them with the highest quality, most frequently updated voter file.

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  • NGP VAN a DCCC preferred provider!

    October 13, 2011

    In partnership with the DCCC, we’re happy to announce the DCCC1 online tools package for House candidates! Online Contributions, Broadcast Email, and unique VAN field modules, all integrated with the campaign standard NGP fundraising and VAN field databases – no new media silo. Get it here.

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  • NGP VAN ranked one of the fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine

    October 13, 2011

    Inc. Magazine announced today that NGP VAN is ranked the 926th fastest growing company in America! Out of DC based businesses we're ranked the 88th fastest growing company, and amongst software companies nationwide, we are the 83rd fastest growing.

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  • Mike Liddell joins as head of Digital Services

    September 22, 2011

    We’re excited to announce the appointment of Mike Liddell to lead the Digital Services team. Mike is an accomplished digital strategist with 14 years’ experience, and will report to CEO Stu Trevelyan, with whom he’s worked with previously. He joins a talented Digital team, including Rob Winikates, who recently joined NGP VAN after serving as the Deputy Director of New Media for the White House.

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  • Extended Filing Support Hours

    July 14, 2011

    As state and federal filing deadlines approach, we are offering the following extended support hours (all times are ET):

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  • Enhanced Campaign Office and VoteBuilder Integration

    February 7, 2011

    With the January release, we have developed a deeper integration between NGP and VAN. Activation is optional; the feature will become available on Monday, January 24th. If you’re already a client, please view “What’s New” when you log-in to your NGP database to learn more. Otherwise, contact our Sales team at sales@ngpvan.com with questions.

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  • Extended Filing Hours

    February 7, 2011

    From now until the end of January, NGP VAN will be offering extended filing support hours to clients of the NGP fundraising and compliance database. Feel free to contact us with your state or federal filing questions during these hours.

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  • FEC 2012 Individual Contribution Limits Increased

    February 3, 2011

     The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has increased their individual contribution limit to $2,500 per campaign, per election for the 2012 cycle. For clients who file federally, NGP VAN has already updated these limits in your database. Limits for PACs and State and Local Parties are unaffected at $5,000 per year and $10,000 per year, respectively. Click here to learn more.

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  • Voter Activation Network and NGP Software to Merge

    January 1, 2011

    NGP VAN to provide an integrated campaign technology platform to Democratic campaigns, labor unions, and non-profit organizations Two leaders in the progressive technology space, Voter Activation Network (VAN) and NGP Software (NGP) will combine operations in a strategic merger of equals, effective December 31, 2010. The resulting 130-person software company will operate as NGP VAN, Inc. VAN is the leading provider of database software enabli

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  • NGP VAN

    December 22, 2010

    On December 31st, 2010, Voter Activation Network (VAN) and NGP Software (NGP) combined in a strategic merger of equals to create NGP VAN, the leading technology provider to progressive campaigns and organizations. Together, we offer an integrated platform that combines the best fundraising, compliance, field, organizing, and new media tools. Click hereto read our press release and here to learn more about our shared history and mission.

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