WORC’s Principles of Community Organizing training develops skills of leaders and staff to build powerful organizations and launch winning issue campaigns. The hands-on workshop covers the basics of leadership, fundraising, organizational development, and community organizing.

Please check back in early 2018 for the training dates, or sign up to receive notice of the 2018 schedule.

Principles of Community Organizing

“Just a few days after returning from the workshop, I had the opportunity to do my first large-donor ask. The result was a $750 donation to Dakota Rural Action.

Because of my experience at this workshop, I feel I will be able to continue my fundraising work for DRA with this same level of comfort and confidence.”

   – Wyatt Urlacher, member



This workshop covers a wide range of skills and topics for community organizers and leaders of grassroots community organizations.

  • Why we organize
  • Roles of leaders and staff
  • Membership recruitment
  • Developing an issue campaign
  • Planning and taking actions
  • Healthy organizations
  • Leadership development
  • Building strong relationships
  • Working with the media
  • Running good meetings
  • Grassroots fundraising

To  make these workshops lively, effective and participatory, trainers use small group activities, videos, role plays, and open discussion. Apply here.

Each participant receives a copy of Applying the Principles of Community Organizing, a practical notebook of support materials.

Fee is $100 for eligible members of WORC’s member groups and $500 for non-members.