by yddn, Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 08:34:34 PM EDT
The Young Democratic Development Network (http://www.yddn.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) is seeking out City Chairs to coordinate our efforts in cities across the country.
The Young Democratic Development Network (YDDN) was founded at the urging of a group of major Democratic donors who are concerned about the future of the Democratic Party and see an opportunity to strengthen the Democratic fundraising apparatus through the involvement of young people. Democrats clearly have to fight an uphill battle when it comes to fundraising given the substantial advantage Republicans have when it comes to donations from business and other interests. Democrats have done a good job of bridging this gap through a more broad based fundraising effort. However, the fundraising apparatus of the Democratic Party is nowhere near as sophisticated as that of Republicans - with their Pioneers, Rangers and elaborate fundraising network.
The idea is to develop the Democratic fundraising network for the future by appealing to young people. Young people have substantial opportunities to participate in the Democratic Party through campaign work and other type of volunteering. However, there has been no real effort to involve young people in fundraising, except in the broadest way. This is a mistake for two reasons: 1) when aggregated, young people represent a substantial fundraising opportunity for the present and 2) young people are more likely to donate and fundraise in the future (when they have more money and connections) if they have been exposed to political fundraising earlier. The idea of creating a culture of political giving/fundraising is similar to the approach many colleges and universities take towards development - whereby they seek high giving rates from alumni starting at graduation (even though the actual gifts are relatively small).