Our Partners

We partner with the state parties, statehouse political caucuses, and local party organizations throughout our six states. 

Our organizational partners include: 

Bluebonnet Data

Bluebonnet Data is a people-powered nonprofit with a mission to democratize data. They recruit, train, and organize people with skills in coding and data science to volunteer on data analyst teams for progressive campaigns and causes.

National Democratic Training Committee

The NDTC has educated over 13,000 Democratic Party candidates nationally with its highly recommended online course focusing on core campaign skills. Rust Belt Rising’s programs are designed to complement the NDTC’s trainings: NDTC teaches nuts and bolts campaigning skills in a nonpartisan way; Rust Belt Rising is Midwest regional and helps Democratic candidates connect with voters on the bread-and-butter issues that matter most to working families. Learn more and sign up

Run for Something

Run for Something helps recruit and support first-time progressive millennial (40 and under) candidates who are running for local office. Through partnerships, resources, mentorship, and coaching, candidates are positioned to be leaders who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years. Learn more about who they endorse, who they fund, and introduce yourself.


Ragtag is a group of community and civic activists working together online and in their communities to build technology for social good. They represent 400+ volunteers who are donating their experience and expertise in technology to boost and facilitate offline community building. Learn more and request assistance at Ragtag.org.


EveryDistrict uses data to flip state legislative districts blue, helping Democrats run and win everywhere.

Rural Voters Institute

The Rural Voter Institute was created to research and develop more effective ways of communicating with rural voters. 

25 Women for 2020

25 Women for 2020 transforms Indiana politics by empowering women to win House and Senate seats across the state. And, through their legislative power, implement Indiana policies that support women, children, families, public education, and the environment.

The Emerging Leaders Project

The Emerging Leaders Project provides free training and mentorship to a diverse cadre of rising Hoosier Democrats between the ages of 21 to 40 from each of the state’s nine congressional districts. Members join a network of 200 alumni working in public service throughout Indiana. Learn more and apply at EmergingLeadersProject.org.

Interested in partnering with Rust Belt Rising to train Democratic candidates? Contact us today. We are interested in forming new training partnerships and welcome your input.