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Team Montana Crowdfunding Site Goes Live!

Defend Your Right to Vote

Those bastards are at it again – trying to weaken young people’s right to vote. On the ballot this fall, is an initiative called LR-126 that  threatens to eliminate Election Day Registration. Election Day Registration is a tool that allows people to register to vote on election day.  In the eight years that Montana has had Election Day Registration,  over 28,000 Montanans have relied on this measure to enable them to cast a ballot on election day.  Over half those were under the age of 30. 

It’s no secret that this initiative is a direct attack on young people. That’s why Forward Montana is fighting back. We have rallied our troops and have created Team Montana- A campaign of folks who believe that we should choose politicians who represent us and not the other way around. To provide the financial support necessary to knock thousands of doors, call tens of thousand of voters, and mobilize hundreds of young people, we need your help. Check out our Indiegogo site here and consider giving or volunteering to Team Montana.

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RSVP to the Pre-party!


Thank you once again to our sponsors of The Williams Effect: Celebrating 10 Years of Forward Montana! We greatly appreciate your support for the next generation of leaders. As Sponsors, you are invited to attend our VIP party at the Missoula Art Museum preceding the main event.

VIP Party at the Missoula Art Museum
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm on August 16th
Hor D’oeuvres, Drinks, and Special Screening of FMT Voter Rights Film

Please RSVP for you and your guests HERE by contacting Tess Carlson at 406-546-6092,

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Thank you to our current sponsors!

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August 16th | Caras Park in Missoula | 7:00-10:00 pm


We would like to thank our current sponsors who have donated to The Williams Effect: Celebrating 10 Years of Forward Montana. We greatly appreciate your support of the next generation of leaders and cannot wait to celebrate with you come August 16th!

For those of you who are interested in joining as a sponsor, it’s not too late! To RSVP or sponsor, visit the page below. But hurry fast! The DEADLINE to sponsor is JULY 25TH.

Dunk a Punk Level- $2,000 

The Game Master- $500 
Compassion & Choices
M and R Strategies

VIP Buzzness- $250 
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana
Laura Millin
Montana Women Vote
Caitlin Copple
Shannon O’Brien
Matt Singer
Aylinn Inmon
Rikki and Denver Henderson
Gabe and Lauren Furshong
Andrea Marcoccio



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Forward Montana is turning 10!

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Caras Park  in Missoula, MT | August 16, 2014 | 7:00- 10:00 pm 

Forward Montana is excited to announce a second celebration on August 16th, The Williams Effect: Celebrating 10 years of Forward Montana.

That’s right; what began as some bold scheming by a bunch of crazy kids to take back Montana’s democracy has evolved into a statewide, sustainable organization that has mobilized thousands of young people to work for progressive change.  Ten years later, we’re still boldly scheming, we’re still organizing, we’re still taking bus trips and wearing costumes, and we are proving that it is possible to get young people excited about politics.    

To celebrate 10 years of Forward Montana, we are planning the party of the decade – we are talking dunk tanks, ice cream, corn hole, pitchfork fondue, cotton candy, and even our own FMT anniversary IPA!

The evening is open to the public and donations are encouraged at the door. Sponsorships are available to organizations and individuals. If you are interested in sponsoring The Williams Effect: Celebrating 10 Years of Forward Montana, please see details about our unique sponsorship levels here. 

Since its auspicious beginning, Forward Montana has had a profound impact on Montana politics. With your support, we can ensure that the next 10 years are just as exciting and that young people are leading every step of the way. We hope to see you there!

To RSVP, please click HERE.

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New Media Arts Internship!

Forward Montana is now accepting applications for a media arts intern for an integral role on an exciting issue based campaign. Forward Montana (FMT) has joined statewide efforts to defeat ballot referendum LR-126. If passed, LR-126 would eliminate same-day voter registration, a measure that over 28,000 Montanans have used to register and vote on election day.

FMT is seeking an intern with videographer experience to help create a kickstarter film for this campaign- Media management and/or editing experience is a plus. Applicants do not need to have prior political experience or knowledge. FMT is looking for a creative individual, that likes to work in a creative and fast-paced environment with great autonomy. Media management and/or editing experience is a plus!

Internship offers upper-division credit and the possibility of a future fellowship position. To apply, please fill out the attached application and send to Tess Carlson at

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Join Forward MT’s Board of Directors!

Whether you’ve been with us for a decade or are new to Forward Montana, you know the work we do is critically important to moving our state forward and giving young people a voice in our democracy.

Over the last year, we have played a lead role in the campaign to defend same-day voter registration, helped elect Annelise Hedahl to the Missoula city council, and expanded into Bozeman, where we helped educate young people on where city commission candidates stood on issues like LGBTQ equality and education funding.

Who is behind the curtain…

What you may not know is that the powerful group running our organization behind the scenes, Forward Montana’s Board of Directors, is not a bunch of fancy muckety mucks but is actually a group of members just like you  (except for their fancy Board of Directors Sashes, obviously).

Not just talkin’ the talk…

That’s right – at Forward Montana we walk the walk of democracy, and our leadership reflects it. Each year, from among our membership, we elect a small number of exceptional folks who want to step up, take on some leadership, and devote some of their time, energy, and incredible talents to making sure that Forward Montana continues to kick ass and that Montana is moving forward.

If that sounds like you, then now is your chance – the board application process is now open!
It’s easy to do, just follow these steps:

1. Email  ASAP to request an application (or if you have any questions).

2. Fill out application and submit it to the same email address ( by 11:59pm on May 31st.

Voting will open on June 1st and run through June 25th. Applicants must be a member of Forward Montana. According to our by-laws, that means that in the last year you have donated at least $10 and/or volunteered for 2 hours. Not a member yet or need to renew?
We can fix that real quick.

If you’ve got any questions, email

2014 is going to be a big year – thankful to have you all on the bus!

Kayje, Tess, Hannah, Debi, Lucy, Kiah, and Nik

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Join Team Montana and Protect Your Right to Vote!

Your first mission – share this with friends by sharing this on your FB page and letting them know you joined Team Montana and they should, too!

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Forward Montana is Hiring a Program Director! You Should Apply.

Forward Montana (FMT) is seeking an amazing individual for our Program Director position, responsible for managing all aspects of FMT’s programmatic work.

FMT is a homegrown, youth-led statewide grassroots organization to train, mobilize, and elect the next generation of progressive leaders in Montana. Through active engagement of volunteers, FMT conducts large-scale, statewide, kick-ass, peer-to-peer voter mobilization programs and grassroots campaigns that increase youth voter turnout and elect progressive champions to local and statewide office.  Our work is in the field, face-to-face, and often in costume.

FMT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

This position will split time with our affiliate organization, Forward Montana Foundation, and will develop and implement our field and programmatic work during various election cycles (general, primary, school board, etc.) and the legislative session. You won’t be tied to a desk, you’ll meet lots of people, and you’ll make change happen at the grassroots level.

The position requires a highly organized individual with a broad and diverse skill set as well as the personality to take initiative and motivate others. This is a Director level position in a fast-paced, volunteer-driven campaign environment.  You must be able to work hard, hold others accountable, and meet deadlines while also having fun and occasionally partaking in mini dance parties.

This individual will be responsible for:

  • Program planning, including developing programmatic and organizational strategy and budgets in cooperation with the CEO and COO.
  • Developing, implementing, and overseeing all aspects of the field program including voter engagement, grassroots campaigns, policy work, and volunteer mobilization.
  • Recruiting, training, hiring, and managing staff, interns, and volunteers to ensure the achievement of programmatic goals.
  • Organizing and managing data to track progress on programmatic and organizational goals. Regular reporting of project status to staff, board of directors, and possibly funders.
  • Creating and implementing strategies to increase membership and volunteer base.
  • Managing member and public communication including but not limited to earned media, member emails, and social media platforms.
  • Representing the organization at coalition meetings as well as maintaining and developing organizational relationships with partners, policymakers, funders, volunteers, and alumni.
  • Creating and maintaining a working environment that cultivates leaders, innovation, positivity, fun, and a passion for democracy.

Who you are

Strong applicants should be:

  • Experienced working as an organizer or similar role with field and volunteer management, ideally in a campaign setting
  • Confident and high-energy
  • Able to manage others to meet deadlines and goals while maintaining a positive and upbeat atmosphere
  • Experienced with creating and executing plans, including setting goals and benchmarks, tracking progress, adapting to change, and celebrating success
  • Excellent at writing, editing, and verbal communication
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and focused
  • Self-starter with great teamwork skills, willing to work hard and creatively to grow FMT and the ability to travel statewide
  • Familiar with and committed to progressive politics and grassroots organizing

Relevant Software, Tools and Life Skills:

  • Google Apps, Microsoft Office or Pages, Prezi, and VAN
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and other relevent social media apps
  • Stapler, paperclips, sticky notes, posters, sometimes chalk and sidewalks
  • Costumes, decorations, deal-cutting at The Dollar Store
  • Dancing, laughing, kittens, memes, tagging, posting, and commenting

The Details

This is a full-time exempt salaried position based out of our Missoula office and reporting directly to the CEO. Salary depends on experience. Benefits include health insurance and dental (we pay 100% of premium). 20 days paid personal time upon accrual. Flex hours and ability to occasionally work from home, local coffee shops, airports, airplanes, etc.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with the state’s leading youth focused organization in elections where youth participation makes all the difference. Also, saving the world.

This position will ideally start immediately, with interviews on a rolling basis and will remain open until filled.  Priority will be given to applications received by May 9th.

To Apply

Send a resume, three references, and a cover letter that shows some personality to

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Internships Open – Seeking Nominations!

Through a combination of classes and intensive field work, our internship offers young people (ages 18 to 25ish) the unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of grassroots organizing and issues campaigns. Our interns live hands-on democracy day in and day out, changing the world one vote at a time. When they graduate, they will have a network of mentors and leaders to help them do it!

We are looking for interns in Missoula and Bozeman for the summer and fall 2014 internships for large-scale voter registration and voter rights campaigns. 

If you know anyone who would be perfect for this internship, please nominate them right here, right now!

If the person you’re thinking of is YOU, BECAUSE YOU’RE AWESOME AND GREAT, then click right here to apply immediately!

If you have any questions about the nomination or application process, please contact our Leadership Development Organizer, Lucy Peraino, at: / (406) 214-1928

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