|t’s Giving Tuesday, the year’s biggest day of nonprofit giving. So we’re going to get right to the point—here are three reasons we need your help today to make our $10,000 online year-end goal.|
1. Supporting state and local candidates of color
Our Shirley’s List slate of Black women running for local office in California was our third-highest raising slate this cycle, and we want to repeat that success in 2021.
Next year, hundreds of cities will hold mayoral elections, and women of color are already incumbents or challengers in the most-watched races: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta), City Councilors Andrea Campbell and Michelle Wu (Boston), Mayor Vi Lyles (Charlotte), Mayor LaToya Cantrell (New Orleans), and City Treasurer Tishaura Jones (St. Louis).
We’ll also have state legislative elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and in Virginia two Black women—Delegates Jennifer Carroll Foy and Jennifer McClellan—are vying to be the state’s first female governor.
To start getting these local candidates and others up on the platform ASAP, we need to hit our $10,000 Giving Tuesday goal.
2. Critical platform updatesThis year WomenCount’s crowdfunding platform turned five. That may not seem very old, but it’s actually the average lifespan of a website. In 2021, we’re going to need some upgrades—improving usability for our donors and back-end functions that help our small-but-mighty team keep everything you see up-to-date.
Moving the platform to a faster, more secure server this year was step one. But to take these next steps, we have to make it to our $10,000 goal.
3. Getting ready for 2022 Two years from now, defending our House majority will likely be more difficult than it has been the past two cycles, considering the president’s party usually loses ground in midterm elections. Depending on what happens next month in Georgia, we could be looking at flipping or preserving our Senate majority too. And there are key governorships we need to defend.
Incumbent Sens. Tammy Duckworth, Catherine Cortez Masto, Maggie Hassan and Patty Murray will be up for re-election, as will incumbent Govs. Laura Kelly, Janet Mills, Gretchen Whitmer, and Michelle Lujan Grisham—assuming none of them head into the Biden Administration.
Help us get ready for 2022—and all the work between now and then. Give $10 or more toward our $10,000 end-of-year goal.