While we do not invest in electoral campaigns or single-issue advocacy organizations, we build the connective framework that makes these efforts stronger and more effective. We specifically invest where we can have maximum impact in the areas of greatest need. We primarily make long-term investments in organizations in our core capacity areas:
Build a powerful network of organizations that are more effective together, sharing best practices and strategies.
Reach voters and decision makers with powerful stories, based on shared values that will change hearts and minds on the issues we care about .
Engage a growing, active base to build power and win.
Train a community of skilled leaders as the engine of our movement.
Understand our political landscape and what stands in the way of success.
Develop smart, high impact policies for strong communities, an economy built from the middle class out, a just society, and a better world for our children.
Capacity Area: Leadership Development
Recruits and trains progressive candidates who will be our champions in local and statewide office and increases representation among those underrepresented in public life, including people of color, women, youth and openly gay candidates.
Capacity Area: Leadership Development
Provides cohort-based leadership training and coaching to better prepare the people who are the engines of our movement to lead strategic organizations and campaigns.
Capacity Area: Message & Communications
Provides up to date communications tools, research, and training to our networks. Serves as the home of the Heroes’ Narrative Project, a powerful storytelling framework that infuses progressive values throughout political and social change communications, defining what we stand for and our vision for the future.
Capacity Area: Message & Communications, Collaboration
Uses the power of on-line and on-the-ground organizing to add more people, power, and stronger communications to catalyze winning progressive campaigns.
Capacity Area: Organizing & Mobilizing, Leadership Development
Mobilizes a movement of young voters and activists. The Bus puts young Washingtonians in the political driver’s seat and gives them the tools and training they need to be high-quality organizers, legislators and leaders.
Capacity Area: Policy Research, Message & Communications
Develops data based solutions that shape the debate on the budget and tax reform needed to create a just and prosperous Washington.
Capacity Area: Planning & Collaboration
The strategic hub of our movement, Win/Win manages high performing voter engagement teams and provides sophisticated voter data and a central planning capacity for our advocacy and political community.
How We Invest
The Progress Alliance exists to win solutions that are truly at the scale of the problems we face. We envision a Washington State that is a healthy place to live with shared economic success and security, and a democracy that works for its people. Our unique niche is to build a permanent and powerful progressive movement supported by a network of committed donors. To this end we invest in organizations working within our six priority capacity areas.
We review investment proposals on an invitation-only basis from organizations that meet our criteria.
- Transformative impact in at least one of our six core capacity areas
- 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations as determined by the IRS
- Primarily in Washington State
We do not fund:
- Single-issue projects or organizations
- Direct service organizations
- Candidates running for office
The Progress Alliance enabled Sightline to add and sustain an entire new program -- to distill and disseminate the best ways to explain progressive proposals to the public, to tell our story in ways that resonate with widely shared values. The long-term impacts of this program are enormous, but it took an institution with great foresight and commitment to movement-building to understand that. The Progress Alliance is such an institution. It combines passionate commitment with smart strategy and savvy implementation.”
The Progress Alliance is much more than a funder. They are a key strategic partner and leader in driving forward the Communications Hub and Heroes' Narrative. Their staff and board have been engaged in every level from the program vision, to partner engagement, to editing copies of materials. Our Heroes' Narrative would not exist without their leadership, vision, and ongoing support."Heroes' Narrative Director
Progress Alliance’s investment has helped build the role of candidate recruitment and training in our movement. Their support helped ensure that we not only achieve victories this year, but also that we can continually build the bench of progressive champions for the future."
The Progress Alliance is a visionary and strategic funder that understands the needs of the progressive community in Washington State. Their initial investment and ongoing support has been crucial to our success and our ability to test new programs. We couldn't have grown into the state's largest progressive organization without them."