Questions for Organizing for Action

What is OFA?

OFA, or Organizing for Action, is an issue advocacy group formed to support the agenda a majority of Americans voted for in 2012. From issues like pushing for a better bargain for the middle class and comprehensive immigration reform to climate change and gun violence prevention, OFA is working to restore the balance of power away from the special interests and into the hands of Americans who are raising their voices in communities across the country.

As a grassroots organization we work on the issues we care about not only at the national level but also at the local or state level. When an issue arises that aligns with our core principles and that OFA's busy organizing schedule allows we work with our local organizing chapters to fight for those key issues.

How can I get involved in my community?
People from around the country with different backgrounds and skill sets formed Organizing for Action's local chapters to fight for the issues we care about. If you have an idea about how to organize your community, please contact us.
Is OFA involved in elections or supporting candidates who share a commitment?
No. Neither OFA nor its chapters are involved in elections or partisan political activity. Its exclusive purpose is public policy advocacy and development, and in particular, both enactment of the agenda a majority of Americans voted for in 2012 and the identification and advancement of other goals for progressive change at the state and local level.
Does OFA lobby for these changes?
No. OFA does not directly lobby elected officials on behalf of the policies it supports, nor will it hire federal lobbyists to do so. OFA is an advocacy organization that promotes these programs throughout the nation and mobilizes citizens to speak out for their adoption and implementation.
Is OFA affiliated in any way with the federal or any other government, or funded with taxpayer dollars?
No. OFA is a grassroots funded organization. All funding is provided by voluntary donations from OFA supporters.
Does President Obama support the establishment and activities of OFA?
OFA is advocating for the agenda that a majority of American people voted for in 2012. OFA also works with other civic organizations that are similarly committed to the successful enactment of this agenda.
Do the organizations working closely with or in alliance with OFA include the Democratic Party?
No. OFA is not a partisan political organization and does not engage in electoral activity with any partisan political organization. It welcomes Democrats, Republicans, and independents to support its work, and its advocacy is directed to all Americans, without regard to party or other political affiliations.
What is the relationship of OFA and Obama for America?
Obama for America was the re-election committee of the President while Organizing for Action is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization not involved in electoral activity. The organizations are separate and established for different purposes. Organizing for Action leases some and bought some digital assets from the remaining Obama for America re-election effort solely for the purpose of issue advocacy work.
How do leaders of the progressive community engage with OFA?
Organizing for Action's advisory board is a diverse coalition of leaders as varied as the grassroots army it represents. From community organizers to business leaders to issue advocates, they are leaders from every sector and region in America who are committed to the issues the American people voted for in 2012.
Does OFA accept financial support from any source and without any limit on the size of donations?
OFA does not accept donations from corporations, currently registered federal lobbyists or foreign agents, political action committees, or foreign nationals, including foreign governments or foreign political parties. It does welcome support from all other supporters of its work. As a nonprofit organization created for this social welfare purpose, it may accept donations of any size from those eligible to give.
Does OFA publicly disclose its finances?
Yes. While not required by law to report its finances, OFA voluntarily makes quarterly disclosures over the course of the year of donations over $250. You can view our most recent disclosure here.
Where will these financial disclosures be made?
OFA voluntarily posts these disclosures to its website soon after the end of each financial quarter.
How can I make a press inquiry?
If you are a member of the press and would like to be added to the Organizing for Action press list to receive press releases and advisories, please fill out our press inquiries form.
How can other questions about OFA or requests for information be addressed to the organization?
Questions or requests for information can be directed here: contact us

Donation Questions

How can I donate?
  • Online:Visit our main donate page to contribute to Organizing for Action online.
  • Mail:You can contribute via mail by sending your contribution to:

    Organizing for Action
    P.O. Box 618120
    Chicago, IL 60661

    Checks can be made payable to “Organizing for Action”

    (Please include your full name, address, phone number, and email address in the envelope.) Contributions or gifts to Organizing for Action are not tax deductible.
Does Organizing for Action accept contributions via PayPal?

Organizing for Action does not currently accept contributions via PayPal. But there are a lot of other ways you can give—please see the “How can I donate?” section above.

How do I set up a recurring donation?

Monthly donors are a core group of supporters who sustain Organizing for Action’s work by signing up to make automatic contributions every month. To start making automatic monthly contributions, visit our donate page and check the box marked “Make this a monthly recurring donation.”

How can I modify my recurring donation?

If you are currently a recurring donor and you would like to cancel or change the details of your contribution, you can modify your recurring donation.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Contributions to Organizing for Action are not tax deductible.

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