- December 9th: 2013 Holiday Party!!!!
We’d like to propose a toast: to you, dear friend/volunteer/intern/supporter/PLAYER/bus driver/groupie, because you are incredible. 2013 was an epic year from start to finish because of y-o-u. But to be honest, we’d prefer to make this toast in person.
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Last week’s victory in Boulder was the result of a transformative grassroots campaign made possible by literally thousands of individual people.
We won this round because of you—and we need you to commit to helping us win the next one by becoming a monthly member. A small monthly donation of any amount ensures that we can keep fighting, but on a larger scale—and it ensures that we stay innovative, independent, and nimble.
In honor of our campaign this year we’re hoping you can help make 310 (Xcel’s ballot measure) our lucky number and get us to 310 monthly members by the end of the year. Our efforts this year shouldn’t just go down in history as defeating a bad ballot measure–they should represent something so much bigger than that, which requires long-term work.
Monthly members allow us to grow this movement and engage young people in our democracy on a larger scale than we would have imagined before all of this. It’ll also allow us to keep tabs on Xcel in Boulder to ensure what we fought for becomes reality.
Thank you again for getting us this far. Here’s to moving forward together and reclaiming our democracy for all our communities.
We’re hiring an Operations Manager!
New Era Colorado & New Era Colorado Foundation seek an Operations Manager to lead our financial and operations systems. The ideal candidate will have some accounting and bookkeeping experience, an interest in working with a fast-paced and growing nonprofit organization, and strong affinity for being organized and creating efficient systems. The position will be based out of New Era’s Denver and/or Boulder Offices. The position is full-time, but experienced applicants interested in a half-time, part-time, or contract position may apply as well. Although experience is a plus, we may consider applicants who don’t have significant experience and are eager to be trained.
- Transition New Era Colorado and New Era Colorado Foundation to a more robust accounting and bookkeeping system
- Manage multiple accounts for different programs, campaigns, etc.
- Manage a classes and accounts system for effectively tracking revenue and expenses by program, including staff time, overhead, and other expenditures
Compliance & Other Operations
- Track systems for managing the operating relationship between New Era Colorado and New Era Colorado Foundation
- Manage systems for effectively tracking lobbying expenses
- Manage and assist a CPA with filing annual tax returns
- Manage invoices, contracts, and other agreements the organizations have with outside entities
- Ensure grant reports get done in a timely manner by tracking due dates and delegating responsibility for them
- Improve and manage timesheet systems
- Manage reimbursements for staff and others
- Work with Development Associate and Executive Director to help manage donor systems, monthly donor management, etc
- Work with Development Associate and Executive Director to assist with donor recognition, receipts for contributions, etc.
- Manage some general office operations such as equipment, leases, etc.
- Assist and support New Era’s general programs at times
- Some experience with accounting and bookkeeping
- Some familiarity with accounting tools and software such as Quickbooks, etc
- Some experience and knowledge of nonprofit legal structures
- Strong ability to problem solve and create forward-thinking and efficient systems
- Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
- A high energy and contagiously fun(ny) personality
- A self-starter that shows strong initiative
- A strong interest in numbers, efficiency, and orderliness
- Committed to the organizational mission in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of New Era Colorado & New Era Colorado Foundation
About New Era Colorado & New Era Colorado Foundation
New Era Colorado Foundation is a multi-issue organization committed to engaging, educating, and training a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado. NECF is a full-spectrum civic engagement organization; we provide the resources and tools for young people to gain collective power in all levels of the democratic process, including issue organizing, electoral mobilization, and the legislative process.
New Era Colorado is a 501(c)4 organization that reinvents politics for a new generation through innovative social and political action.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to the attention of Steve Fenberg to OperationsJob@NewEraColorado.org. New Era Colorado Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Tonight, we stood up. We stood up and said NO to corporate control of our energy future. But more importantly, we said yes to something so much bigger: people.
Yes, this was a campaign about energy. About our planet. About a corporation that just refuses to change. But all along what it was really about was people. People made this victory possible.
People like you: The one who lives in Alabama and mailed us your laptop for our phone-banks. The one we phone-banked to talk about the issue and then came by our office an hour later to drop off drinks for our volunteers who were working late. You sent us the only money you had in your pocket, you brought us food, you spent every Saturday volunteering, and you sent us the kindest notes from around the world that kept our team going. You have moved us to tears, energized us to reach beyond our capacity, and sustained us through each day. You renewed our belief that our communities are strong enough to bring about the changes we need–and you made us certain that we would prevail.
For the second time, our grassroots campaign defeated a coal industry giant.
And for the second time, it is crystal clear: Xcel’s dirty money can’t buy community, trick voters, or inspire young voters to enter the political process. It can’t spark neighbor-to-neighbor outreach. It can’t mobilize a diehard army of volunteers.
Only people can do that. And boy–did we have people.
Over 1 million of you watched the story of our campaign. Over 6,000 of you gave to grow our reach. And because of that support, our volunteers and organizers were able to log over 100,000 voter contacts. In short, this has been the definition of a grassroots campaign because of you.
For those of you far away: This fight has always been as much about our community as it is about yours. Thank you for supporting us, for sticking with us till the end. Honestly, without you, we might have lost our democracy to the highest bidder this round.
But now, with this behind us, we are able to continue working to create a model for how communities around the country can take control of their energy future.
Our communities need an impactful strategy to combat climate change. We are proud to have fought for this one alongside each of you, and we look forward to the work ahead.
For now, though, we have this to say: Go home, Xcel. Your money is no good here.
Now get some sleep.
Steve, Carrie, Becca, Molly, Lisa, Nina, Jenn, Alexis, Getzan, Gary, Lizzy, Nina, Brian, Chris, Elena, Kate, Jonah, Ellie, Kaitlin, Rhiannon, Jill, Susan, Arielle, William, Nathan, Becca, Jackson, Galen, Alayna, Gina, Toni, Sidney, Kathryn, Jourdan, Mitchell, Nora, Becca K, Daniela, Julia, and Lauren
With less than 2 weeks left, we wanted to share an update about our local power campaign.
Voting has begun, and we are talking with thousands of Boulder voters each day to ensure they know that a NO vote on measure 310 is a vote for clean energy and local control.
Our volunteer army continues to grow, and our office can barely accommodate those who come in after work to call Boulder voters to ensure they’ve received their ballots.
If we can speak one-on-one with enough voters, we can win this fight. We could be reaching even more voters with more help–so we wanted to include how you can help from near and far.
How you can help:
- If you live in Boulder and can volunteer, please sign up–we need you now more than ever.
- If you know even 1 person who lives in Boulder, please reach out to gently remind them to vote (text, Facebook, email, call).
- At this point in the game, a donation would still make a huge impact–helping us reach more voters each and every day.
Thank you again for your support thus far. We are in awe of how you have helped us grow this grassroots campaign. This is what it looks like when a community comes together to fight for all of our futures. We are sharing your encouraging messages with our team of volunteers and are proud to fight knowing that you have our back.
Just kidding. That’s not what it’s called, but it could be. It’s Amendment 66, and it asks voters to make sure we have a great public education system in Colorado by funding a small income tax increase.
We’re voting yes, because we care about kids, duh. We were kids like a few minutes ago, and good schools are a BFD for everybody.
Let’s be clear: Colorado schools are already solid. But in the past few years, they’ve had to do a lot more with less–and it’s been getting worse. This investment will get our schools back to being great places to learn and succeed.
Passing Amendment 66 has something to help every kid be successful:
- For the nerds: they can get more of the 1:1 attention they dream about because it allows local schools to reduce class sizes & hire teachers.
- For the band geeks & artsy types: it can bring back music & art programs that have been cut.
- For the jocks: it can restore P.E. so they can get their swell on and lead healthy lives.
- For the popular kids: well…we don’t have any idea about their lives, but we assume it’ll help them too.
And BONUS, all the money raised goes into a protected State Education Achievement Fund, ensuring that it is only spent in the classroom.
Passing Amendment 66 will move our whole state forward, faster and make our tax structure more equitable. This is how we grow. It’s going to be an extremely close election, so we hope you will join us in voting yes and making sure Colorado voters know about this ballot measure!
We’ve had nearly 6,000 individuals support our work to defeat Xcel’s deceptive ballot measure 310 in Boulder. In the spirit of full transparency and to show that, unlike Xcel Energy, our contributors are good old fashioned people who want to play a role in their democracy and support clean energy, we’re providing a full list of everyone who has contributed to the effort.
Our average donation to Voters Against Xcel Buying Elections is about $34.
RAINCHECK! Due to our extreme weather, we won’t be having our Boulder Open Office tonight.
INSTEAD Join us next Tuesday at Boulder’s Bohemian Biergarten for our Indiegogo Finale Party/Campaign Kickoff.
Get there around 6:30 to hear about our campaign this fall, and where you come in.
Stay safe all!
All hands on deck.
We’re working around the clock to stop Xcel Energy from rolling back Boulder voters’ decision to create our own greener, more affordable local electric utility, and we need your help–ASAP. Watch the video to get the whole story.
That’s where you come in: can you volunteer to help us build the grassroots campaign we need?
Sign up below and we’ll get in touch ASAP about where you can plug in. We mean it when we say: we really need you.
We need your help. We just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fight back against Xcel Energy’s misleading ballot initiative.
This fight is a rare opportunity to create a turning point for the climate movement, and we need your help to build a grassroots campaign to seize it.
Xcel Energy has helped place a measure on Boulder’s ballot to reverse voters’ historic decision from 2011, when we helped pass measures to allow the city to create a greener, more affordable local electric utility. They know that Boulder has the power to inspire other communities to follow suit, so we expect that they’re to spend whatever it takes to win.
We have to out-organize Xcel, because the climate movement does not have time for another setback. Watch the story of our local power campaign and give to scale it to the size we need to win.
Boulder could be a replicable model for communities across the country, who will start to wonder what they could do if they stopped footing the bill for their utility’s profit margins.
Xcel Energy is prepared to go all in on this fight–but we have a grassroots army of committed volunteers who are ready to register and turn out voters to regain control over our energy future.
This is where you come in. We need you to give to grow our grassroots campaign so that we can register, educate, and turn out more voters–and make history in Colorado, and within the climate movement.
One more, very important thing: can you forward this email to 10 people? This is a grassroots campaign and we need your help getting the word out.
Opportunities to create a landmark model for our country do not come along often. We hope you’ll join us, because we need to keep our democracy and our planet out of the hands of the highest bidder.
Thank you for your support,
Steve, Carrie, Becca, Molly, Nina, Alexis, and Lizzy
Got questions? Email Becca@neweracolorado.org