The $5000 Nonprofit: Free or Low-Cost Resources and Tools to Help You Win

The $5000 Nonprofit: Free or Low-Cost Resources and Tools to Help You Win

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Operations

Starts: Thursday, Jul. 11 3:45 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jul. 11 4:45 PM (Eastern)

The lack of adequate funding is a chronic condition in the progressive space, and one that is unlikely to be cured anytime soon. But we’re not going to let a little thing like “lack of funding” stop us. Learn from Debra Cleaver ( and Deborah Barron (New Left Accelerator) about the myriad free or low-cost resources that are available to non-profits and other impact organizations. We’ll teach you all about low cost technology tools including beautiful (and nearly free) website builders, powerful CRMs, high-impact organizing and advocacy tools, fundraising technology, design tools and more. We’ll also go over high-quality, free or low-cost legal resources to assist your advocacy and impact work.

This training is best suited for those who are actively considering starting a new organization or campaign, or who are actively running a new organization or campaign. You don’t need to be broke to attend: even if your org has money, you’re bound to pick up some pointers.


Deborah Barron


Deborah is an attorney who started her career in grassroots organizing and eventually served as the Communications Director for Chellie Pingree’s 2002 U.S. Senate Campaign. In between, she worked at numerous political-consulting firms and advocacy organizations, including Staton Hughes & Shafer, Spitfire Strategies, and Americans for Gun Safety. She then became an attorney. After practicing law for nearly ten years, she left her law firm in 2016 to work on the New Left Accelerator full time. Deborah lives in San Francisco, and is the proud and tired mom of Ryder Jane (5) and Hudson (3).

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Debra Cleaver


Debra Cleaver has been working at the intersection of technology and democracy since 2004. She is the founder of VoteAmerica,,, Long Distance Voter,, and Ready Set Vote. She’s an alum of both Y Combinator and Pomona College, and a former DRK distinguished entrepreneur. Debra’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, C-SPAN, WIRED, SOCAP, Bloomberg, BBC, Buzzfeed News, Forbes, and more. When she’s not working or sleeping, Debra can be found hanging out in San Francisco with her her 19 year old cat, Ramona Quimby Cleaver (aka Mona).

Other sessions: Beyond the Voter File: How Relational Organizing Can Expand the Electorate & Help Us Win

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