New Organizing Institute

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New Organizing Institute
Motto For organizers, by organizers
Focus Data and digital trainings for progressive campaigners and organizers
Executive Director Ethan Roeder
Location Washington, D.C.
Dissolved 2015

The New Organizing Institute (NOI) was a progressive grassroots organization located in Washington, D.C. The organization was responsible for training many of the Democratic Party's digital organizers.[1] NOI's mission is to provide data and digital trainings to progressive campaigners and organizers.[2] The Washington Post called NOI "the left's think tank for campaign know-how."[3]

In 2011, NOI partnered with, USAction, People for the American Way and Rebuild the Dream in a drive to recruit, train and support 2,012 progressive candidates in 2012 for state, local and national office.[4]

In February 2015, eight senior staffers and a number of other paid employees left NOI due to frustrations over fundraising and the management style of Executive Director Ethan Roeder. Another 7 staffers were then fired. The fired staffers asked the National Labor Relations Board to investigate the matter. Roeder served as the top data manager for both of President Barack Obama's presidential campaigns.[1] On October 9th, 2015, NOI announced that it was closing shop and handing over certain aspects of its work to Wellstone Action.[5]

NOI sponsored RootsCamp, an annual progressive political conference. Elizabeth Warren headlined the event in 2013.[6][7][8]

The organization's donors include the Open Society Foundations,[9] the Bauman Foundation,[10] the Ford Foundation,[11] and the Atlantic Philanthropies.[12]


  1. ^ a b McMorris-Santoro, Evan (February 10, 2015). "Liberal Organizing Group Implodes In One Tumultuous Afternoon". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "What We Do". New Organizing Institute. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Fung, Brian (July 8, 2014). "Inside the Democratic party’s Hogwarts for digital wizardry". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  4. ^ vanden Heuvel, Katrina (November 5, 2011). "Progressives on the march to take over Congress". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Grim, Ryan (October 9, 2015). "Comment Key Progressive Group To Be Absorbed By Wellstone Action". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Weigel, David (December 13, 2013). "The First Rule of RootsCamp". Slate. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Weigel, David (December 3, 2012). "“The Socially Awkward Do It Better”". Slate. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Draper, Robert (February 14, 2013). "Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?". New York Times. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "New Organizing Institute Education Fund". Open Society Foundations. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "New Organizing Institute Education Fund". Bauman Foundation. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "New Organizing Institute Education Fund". Ford Foundation. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "New Organizing Institute". Atlantic Philanthropies. Retrieved 17 April 2015.