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Bluebonnet Data

Advise Campaign Data Volunteer Training Org on 501(c)(4) Formation

Becoming a (c)4 nonprofit will help us more clearly define our organization and raise funds to continue operations.

Posted April 15, 2020

Background & Context

We are connecting coding and data analysis talent with campaigns - organizations that often need these skills the most yet lack them completely. A team of Bluebonnet fellows can help a campaign team understand their district (geography, demographics, and more), identify vulnerable populations in crises, register voters and include new voices in the political process.

There is an enormous, untapped pool of talented individuals who want to contribute their coding and data analysis skills to politics and public service. By volunteering through Bluebonnet, they are able to help campaigns across the country and at a grander scale, lower the barrier to access for new candidates. Data analytics help for campaigns is normally done by consulting firms with high price tags, thereby barring lower-budget campaigns from access to such crucial data and insights.

We have been volunteering on campaigns and training others for the past two years and have seen the impact that these tech volunteers can have. We have also seen the impact that this experiences has on the volunteers, giving new computer scientists, engineers, and data scientists a clear path toward public service. We are also open-sourcing our code libraries, trainings, and other materials.

Work & Deliverables

We need help applying for (c)4 status as a nonprofit organization. We are currently registered as a nonprofit corporation in Washington, D.C. and are recognized in Massachusetts.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 6-10 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Additional Location Details: All of our work is done remotely. We use phone calls and Google Hangouts to collaborate.
  • Bar License(s) required: District of Columbia
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Bluebonnet Data

Bluebonnet Data is a nonprofit that recruits and trains people with technical skills to volunteer on data analyst teams for down-ballot, democratic campaigns in the US. We primarily work with college students pursuing STEM degrees, but we also get volunteers who are in high school or working as full-time professionals. We train new volunteers (Bluebonnet fellows) on political data analysis, including how to work with the Census and voter file, and then help connect teams of fellows to campaigns in need. Our primary focus is building knowledge amongst the fellows network: housing code, sharing resources, and connecting people to a progressive ecosystem of coders.

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