Frequently asked questionS
What’s the goal of TFC?
Many in the tech industry have indispensable skills that non-presidential and down-ticket campaigns find hard to access, even at the volunteer level - like cutting edge performance and social marketing, data analysts and science, engineers and many more.
At the same time, many members of the tech community are craving a way to get involved beyond their pocket books and haven’t found an ongoing means to help campaigns both in their backyard and all over the U.S. In addition to money, our skilled time can be extremely valuable - if only those campaigns could access it.
Connecting these two groups - volunteers and campaigns- can help fix this skill shortfall in these campaigns and achieve better outcomes.
How many people are in the TFC volunteer community?
A few weeks into launching TFC we have nearly 3,000 highly-skilled and talented volunteers that represent a wide range of skills and levels, some of whom are already making an impact with campaigns. Most importantly, they’ve reinforced the immense appetite for wanting to get involved in the political process in a sustained way.
Why non-presidential campaigns?
TFC focuses on non-Presidential campaigns for three important reasons.
- Importance: non-Presidential elected officials are a cornerstone of our democracy, effecting their constituents' day-to-day lives in countless direct ways.
- Competition: Centrist and progressive candidates have lost ground at the state, local, and federal level. With the 2020 census and redistricting looming, it's more important than ever to level the playing field beyond the Executive branch.
- Need. Presidential campaigns typically have exponentially larger teams of full-time people and the ability to recruit and pay people full-time. That gives them the ability to access specialized skill sets and more sophisticated tools. Down-ballot races are often run by super small, start-up like teams that have to share all the work of campaigning across just a handful of determined people. Given that, we believe the skills of TFC volunteers can make the biggest impact in these campaigns.
Are you only helping high-profile, federal and state races?
No, not at all. We’ll work with campaigns at ALL levels and with the help of information the campaigns and other experts provide choose the ones we can make the most impact. That may be a state congressional race, a local commissioner or federal senate seat. The goal is deploy the TFC community where their skills can make the largest impact.
Does my location matter?
No. TFC volunteers can be anywhere. Campaigns will, similarly, represent states and districts from across the country. It’s not unlikely that TFC volunteers will be matched with campaigns that aren’t in their locale.
What sort of people are / should be represented in the community?
The goal is to create a community of skilled, long-term volunteers who are excited to use their specific skills to help down-ticket campaigns have access to best in class digital, marketing, creative, and engineering talent.
This is a cross section of what the current volunteer base looks like:
How will campaigns access volunteers?
Campaigns should fill out this form and someone from our team will review and follow up to better understand your needs. A volunteer opportunity will then be sent to the people in our community that best match your needs.
How can I help?
Got skills? Join the community as a volunteer >
Got a campaign to suggest or are a part of campaign? Reach out >
Know people who should be in our community? Share TFC >