POWER Fundraising: 5 Keys to Raising Money Confidently and Effectively (Even If You’re a First-Time Candidate and Never Fundraised Before!)


October 21, 2021; 1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern

Trainer: Domonique James, Founder and CEO, Politics with Purpose

Guest Speaker: Jessica Benham, Representative, Pennsylvania 36th Legislative District

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If your campaign is a car, money is the fuel that allows you to go far. In this training session, Domonique James, Founder and CEO of Politics with Purpose will teach you the 5 components you need to set up a solid fundraising operation so you have the resources you need to run your best race and win. Our guest speaker for this session will be Pennsylvania State Representative Jessica Benham, one of the first openly autistic state legislators in the country, and the first openly bisexual woman serving in the Pennsylvania State House.

About Domonique James

Domonique James is an award-winning political and communications strategist on a mission to restore the American Dream and unlock the potential of individuals to transform their communities and the world.

Her cross-sector career in corporate, politics, government, nonprofit, and advocacy has established her as the go-to strategist to social change leaders and organizations. Domonique is an example of when society gets social impact right. She’s gone from a poor family to working for a US president, all thanks to an ecosystem of people, policies, and programs that broke barriers and unlocked her potential. As a result, Domonique has dedicated her life to disrupting broken systems, rising and reaching back to serve and empower others to achieve the same.

Her agency, Politics with Purpose, elevates Everyday Experts–– the leaders with the lived experience and issue expertise–– into the insiders and influencers who drive change in the media, politics, advocacy, and philanthropy. Politics with Purpose further partners with businesses and organizations to identify exceptional talent and develop innovative programs and policies that create pathways to opportunity and success for all.

Domonique is the descendent of a Black Civil War Soldier and fighting for social justice runs in her blood. For her impact, she’s been recognized as a top 40 Under 40 leader by PR Week and the American Association of Political Consultants. She’s further been recognized by Professional Women in Advocacy (now Women in Government Relations) and Campaigns & Elections Magazine. In addition, Domonique is an international speaker, trainer, and thought leader who has been featured in InStyle Magazine, Morning Consult, Communications Director, Der Spiegel, and Global Risk Insights. She’s a graduate of Spelman College, the leading historically Black College for women, and The Campaign School at Yale University.

About Representative Jessica Benham

Jessica Benham is the State Representative for Pennsylvania House District 36, covering portions of the City of Pittsburgh and its suburbs. Jessica was elected in November 2020 and is serving her first term. As a state representative, she has focused on fighting for access to healthcare, a clean and healthy environment, fair funding for education, and LGBTQ and disability rights.

Prior to her election, Jessica was the Director of Development for the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy (PCAA), a grassroots self-advocacy project run by Autistic people for Autistic people. Jessica is an advocate for Autistic rights, helping parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals better understand Autistic people and reducing barriers to employment for Autistic adults. Through her work at PCAA, Jessica worked to ensure that individuals with disabilities are treated fairly in the legislative process.