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SALSA’s Summer Meet and Greet Mixer

Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) invites you to SALSA's Summer Meet & Greet Happy Hour.  Kick off our 2009 summer season by mixing and mingling with us at Busboys and Poets on 5th & K Street. 
Meet the broadest section of the DC area's activist community, learn about the interesting programs SALSA will offer through June and July, eat, drink, win fun door prizes, and enjoy live music compliments of Sub Set, a trio component of the Sense of Urgency Band (SUB).

Democratizing The Electoral College

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

When we vote for the president of the United States, we are actually voting for a slate of our state's presidential electors that have pledged to cast their votes for a presidential candidate. Each state's presidential electors are equal to the number of representatives it is entitled to in Congress. All but two states award all of their presidential electors to the party candidate who receives a majority of the votes cast in the state on a "winner take all" basis.

This means that unless a vote is for the candidate receiving the most votes within a state, that vote is effectively disregarded as null and void and does not help in a national tally the candidate for whom it was casts. "Winner take All" is not required by the constitution and in nearly half of the states where it is applied, it is not even based on state law.

Lecturer Asa Gordon will provide a historical context and report on recent developments in a Civil Action to reform and "Democratize the Electoral College". The Civil Action seeks a Federal court order for proportional allocation of a state's presidential electors to reflect the popular vote split for presidential candidates in states without a "Winner take all" provision in the state's election law.

To sign up for this class, please click here.

Hip Hop As Mass Media

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

This workshop explores the function of hip-hop as part of a larger mass media structure. The presentation involves an investigation of hip-hop history, inner-workings of the music industry, hip-hop as media and cultural expression, the historical legacy of Black image and the hip-hop underground. Much of this is done via the particular history and contemporary use of the mixtape as this original mass medium has gone from an underground phenomenon to a popular corporate conduit, as well as, becoming a potential source of emancipatory journalism and free space for ingenuity.

Social Media Boot Camp for Activists & Nonprofit Leaders

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Having trouble getting your organization's name out there to potential donors, members and the media? Do you want to use social media tools as part of your communications but feel strapped for time to try to learn them all? Do find yourself wishing someone could just sit you down for a few hours with your laptop and show you the ropes? If you answered yes to any of the above, the Social Media Boot Camp is for you!

Workshop: How to Raise Big Gifts in Just Two Hours A Week

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Major gifts fundraising is a mystery, an art, and a system. If you have board members with networks of philanthropists, or donors who are giving less than they could, you have the beginning of a major gifts program.

Workshop: Social Enterprise in Progressive Organizations

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Around the world, entrepreneurs are experimenting with public-private, for-profit and non-profit hybrid models for fueling human service activity and job creation, economic and community development, environmental quality, and other public benefit activities.

Workshop: Fast Fundraising

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Does your organization need money right now? How would you like fundraising results like these?

  • Two board members raise $12,500 in two weeks
  • One woman attended this class and raised $50,000 within a month
  • Just adding one thing to an event raised an additional $11,000
  • An executive director raised $250,000 in 11 weeks

Katherine Wertheim, CFRE has helped dozens of nonprofit organizations and raised millions of dollars. She has taught thousands of people how to fundraise. She rarely teaches in Washington: this is your first opportunity to hear her in 2011.

Workshop: Winning Legislative Campaigns

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

The Institute's Social Action & Leadership School for Activists presents this class to teach you the skills needed to turn policy proposals into law. Topics will include target mapping, vote charting, messaging, and lobbying. Students will get hands on training and constructive critiques through roleplays on news conferences, meetings with decision-makers, and more. Also, learn critical insider insights from an instructor who has successfully navigated the policy making arena for more than 15 years.

Workshop: How to Raise $1,000 a Day by Next Week

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Does your nonprofit need money right away? How would you like to be able to raise $1,000 a day or more, reliably and repeatedly, using the donors and volunteers you have right now, as soon as next week? Come to this workshop and find out how.

Katherine Wertheim, CFRE, has raised millions of dollars for dozens of nonprofit organizations. She has taught thousands of people how to fundraise in hundreds of workshops from Massachusetts to Malaysia, Seattle to Santiago. Her published works on fundraising have been read by more than 200,000 people.

How To Raise Big Gifts In Two Hours A Week

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Major gifts fundraising is a mystery, an art, and a system.  If you have board members with networks of philanthropists, or donors who are giving less than they could, you have the seeds of a major gifts program.

Workshop: Intro to Restorative Justice and Circle Processes

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

From all ends of the political spectrum, we hear a lot about how ‘unjust’ the current criminal justice system is, but we almost never hear about viable alternatives. This is an interactive workshop.