Next Up Victory Fund

People For the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund helps young progressive candidates win races for state and local offices across the country. Our goal isn’t just to help make sure progressives win key offices in the short term: we want to build a deep bench of progressive candidates well positioned to control state legislatures, win statewide, and run for federal offices in the years and decades to come. We’re committed to winning the elections that will lead to progressive outcomes that reflect our true American values and the American Way.

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What We Do

  • Next Up Victory Fund provides support and amplification to younger candidates, who often need help to gain credibility for their campaigns.  That support includes organizational endorsements, press outreach, and engagement with high profile supporters.
  • The fund will donate money directly to candidates, raise contributions from progressive online activists, and facilitate access to a nationwide network of major donors.
  • PFAW’s endorsement of a candidate signals a seal of approval to the progressive movement, including donors and influentials, who look to PFAW for guidance in regards to involvement and investment in electoral politics in the immediate and long-term.

Who We Are

  • Enduring Commitment to Progressive Values & Leaders:  PFAW is a progressive advocacy organization founded over 30 years ago to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values.
  • Deep, Long-Term Investment in Youth Leadership Development: The Next Up Victory Fund is a continuation of our former Young Elected Progressives program. Our nonpartisan affiliate People For the American Way Foundation has supported young leaders for over a decade, through Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network and Young People For (YP4).
  • Proven Political & Electoral Track Record: PFAW has experience and expertise in electoral politics at every level and a history of success in helping strong progressive candidates win tight races.

By the Numbers

1,000 seats
Over 1,000 Democratic seats lost in the last 8 years

25 state trifecta control
Republicans currently fully control 25 states while Democrats control only 6.

32 state legislatures
Republicans currently control 32 state legislatures, an increase of 22 since 2009.