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Statement of Purpose: Organizing for Action (OFA) is a non-partisan, issue advocacy organization committed to growing the grassroots movement by training, educating, and activating civically engaged community members across the country. As a grassroots driven organization, OFA is dedicated to empowering action takers with the skills and tools needed to tip the scales of power back to the American people and away from the special interests in Washington, D.C. In carrying out its work, OFA will operate as a "social welfare" organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

People from around the country with different backgrounds, passions, and organizing skills, work together to form Organizing for Action's local chapters. These volunteers and organizers are the backbone of our organization. If you're ready to join them, then start taking action now:

  1. Find an event near you.
  2. Connect online with volunteers in your area.
  3. If you're ready to get started, check out our Action Hub to find plenty of tools and resources you need to take action now

Connect is a community organizing tool created for OFA volunteers, staff, and supporters from across the country to communicate with one another. Get talking about the issues you care about and learn how you can take action online and in your community.

In Connect, OFA supporters aren’t just talking about the issues—they’re acting on them. You can find details about events happening on the ground and how you can join in, share best practices, learn digital organizing skills and help strengthen OFA as an organization.

No. Neither OFA nor its chapters are involved in elections or partisan political activity. Its purpose is public policy advocacy and development—in particular, the identification and advancement of goals for progressive change at the federal, state, and local level—and the training and empowering of the next generation of leaders.

OFA does not directly lobby federally elected officials on behalf of the policies it supports, nor will it hire federal lobbyists to do so. OFA does not accept donations from federally registered lobbyists. OFA is an advocacy organization that promotes the policies it supports throughout the nation and mobilizes citizens to speak out for their adoption and implementation.

No. OFA is a grassroots-funded organization. All funding is provided by voluntary donations from OFA supporters.

The President's legacy as a grassroots organizer helped inspire a movement of millions. OFA was founded in January 2013 to make progress on the agenda the American people voted for. From fighting climate change to working toward economic opportunity for all, OFA's mission is rooted in making real, lasting change.

Read more about the President at www.whitehouse.gov.

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.

Yes. Organizing for Action's advisory board is a diverse coalition of leaders as varied as the grassroots movement 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 fighting for lasting progressive change.

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.

 

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.

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.

DONATION QUESTIONS

Online: Visit our main donate page to contribute to Organizing for Action online. Or click right here.

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.” OFA does not accept cash contributions.

(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.)

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.

Monthly donors are a core group of supporters—OFA Champions—who sustain this grassroots organization through recurring contributions. Become an OFA Champion today.

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.

Contributions to Organizing for Action are not tax deductible.

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