Building the Progressive Pipeline

The Pipeline Fund is working toward a reflective democracy where skilled, diverse, community leaders are fully supported to run for office, run campaigns, and pass progressive policies that address the urgent needs of all Americans.

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Who we are

The Pipeline Fund supports critical leadership development work across the country.

We are driving a long-term strategy focused on resourcing local groups to ensure that skilled, diverse, community leaders are fully supported to run for office, run campaigns, and pass progressive policies that address the urgent needs of all Americans.

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The Problem

The lack of a real pipeline continues to perpetuate a system in which candidates and elected officials do not reflect the communities that they serve.

Working-class people hold less than 3% of seats in state legislatures and less than 2% in Congress but working-class jobs make up over 50% of the American labor force.

Only 11% of elected officials are people of color compared to 39% of the population. Women of color hold only 4% of elected offices and account for 20% of the population.

Even after an historic surge of women running, women still only comprise 27% of Congress.

Conservatives win 70% of local elections with no challenger.

Our Solution

Convening & Connecting Organizations

Bringing together national and state pipeline organizations regularly to build community, share best practices, and work together to build the pipeline.

Providing Data & Tools

Providing organizations with the data and tools they need to do their work more effectively. Learn more about the Pipeline Platform, a brand-new database of elected offices and officeholders here!

Building State Pipelines

Providing direct funding and strategic support to existing organizations to recruit, train, and support skilled and diverse leaders to run for office, run campaigns, and govern effectively in key states.

Our State Partners

Our state partners are the progressive organizations that lead the work of training and recruiting candidates and staff in their states. They provide key points of connection and collaboration for national groups engaging in state and local work and coordinate with other groups on the ground to engage, recruit, and train their members and leaders.

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