NOTE: The following materials were prepared for revcom.us’ summer 2022 fund drive, but can be adapted to ongoing fundraising outreach.
Here’s what you need to enlist your friends, relatives, neighbors, classmates, and everyone who is outraged by the state of the world and open to finding out about and supporting the revolution.
1Get yourself in the right mode by watching this video of Bob Avakian: “What to the slave is your Fourth of July? Lenny Wolff Asks: What to Women Is Your 4th of July?”
2If you are going to be reaching out to people live and in person (like at a park or concert or protest), print the QR code that takes people to the revcom.us home page. Get everyone you meet to zap the QR code to see our fundraising pop-up, and get connected on the spot with the website of the revolution. Also, print copies of the 7 Key Points so when people ask you what this revolution is all about and how it can happen, you can give them the basic, scientific answer, specifically why this is a “rare time” when revolution becomes (more) possible, even in a powerful country like this.
3Share these (and other) social media graphics
4 Download and print this 12 x 18 poster to make a creative display announcing the revcom.us fund drive at outings, tabling, events.
This PDF will reduce (65%) to fit on 8 1/2 x 11. The QR code takes people directly to the DONATE page at revcom.us.
5Now you’re ready to reach out! You are looking for and calling on people who are paying attention to what’s going on and are outraged.
A basic “ask” can be something along these lines:
I’m asking you to donate to the $20,000 summer fundraising drive of revcom.us. Here’s why (you can put this in your own words or use some or all of it):
Right now, the Supreme Court ruling has imposed forced motherhood—female enslavement. As climate change has already made sections of the planet nearly uninhabitable and humanity faces an existential threat. As tens of millions around the world are driven to risk death in the desert, drowning at sea, to be demonized and brutally exploited in the U.S. or other wealthy countries. As a deadly proxy war rages in Ukraine that could explode into a nuclear war. As police continue to gun down Black, Latino, and Native people. And as fascists are lashing out with violent misogyny, white supremacy, and xenophobia.
But this is also a time when this whole society is coming apart at the seams and that is the kind of situation that makes revolution much more possible in a powerful country like this.
Revcom.us is connecting people with the revolution. It is where people find out why revolution is necessary, why it is possible, and how to get involved, and where they connect with Bob Avakian, the leader of the revolution.
You’ll find a template letter for sending or emailing at the bottom of this page.
6People can donate through PayPal, Venmo, or credit card. If you collect cash (which is fine) keep careful track of it and send it in using PayPal, Venmo, or credit card, or send checks or money orders to RCP Publications, PO Box 804956, Chicago, IL 60680-4111, along with a note explaining what it is for and where and how it was collected.
7When people raise questions, channel them to the source: revcom.us and the RNL Show on YouTube. And take notes—send your experiences, observations, suggestions, and questions to email@example.com.
TEMPLATE FUNDRAISING LETTER
I donated to the Summer Fund Drive for REVOLUTION—revcom.us. I want to tell you why. And invite you—if you are outraged at what is going on in the world—to join me.
Revcom.us is where people find out why revolution is necessary, why it is possible, and how to get involved, and where they connect with Bob Avakian, the leader of the revolution.
Revcom.us connects people with a REAL revolution at a time when the Supreme Court ruling has imposed forced motherhood—female enslavement. When climate change has already made sections of the planet nearly uninhabitable, and humanity faces an existential threat. When tens of millions around the world are driven to risk death in the desert, drowning at sea, to be demonized and brutally exploited in the U.S. or other wealthy countries. When police continue to gun down Black, Latino, and Native people. When a deadly proxy war rages in Ukraine that could explode into a nuclear war. And as fascists are lashing out with violent misogyny, white supremacy, and xenophobia.
Maintaining and expanding the revcom.us website costs money, and that money comes from people like you and me.
It’s easy to see the horrible things going on and fall into despair. Or get channeled into the same old “solutions” short of revolution that got us into this mess in the first place. Don’t do that. Here’s why: The ways in which society is being torn apart at the seams are forcing (and even more will force) people to confront the need, and seriously engage with, REVOLUTION. And what emerges from this situation will be—as the revolutionary leader Bob Avakian has put it: SOMETHING TERRIBLE, OR SOMETHING TRULY EMANCIPATING.
Revcom.us is the only website (along with the companion YouTube channel, the RNL—Revolution, Nothing Less!—Show) that connects people with the emancipating revolutionary resolution: what that is and how people can be part of it. The impact of your financial support is magnified in this “rare time” when, as Bob Avakian wrote, “Everything depends on bringing forward a revolutionary people.”
So, join me. If you’re not already plugged into revcoms.us, sign up for a free e-sub now, and make a one-time or an ongoing donation with PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, or debit or credit card, or send checks or money orders to RCP Publications, PO Box 804956, Chicago, IL 60680-4111.
And let me know why you did. In case you missed it, here’s the link:
THANK YOU NOTE TEMPLATE
When people you reach out to make a donation, either through you or directly, you can use the following Thank You note created by a revcom.us fundraising volunteer to share appreciation.