FAQs

Do I need to add multiple targets to my rally?

You do not need to have more than one target for your rally. However, part of what makes Rally Starter a unique and effective platform is that it gives changemakers the ability to target not just the primary decision-maker, but people, companies, or groups that have influence over this decision-maker, as well as allies who could be helpful in rallying support around this issue. We recommend considering how including different targets could advance your goals. You can also update your targets over time to reflect your current focus and changes in your issue or campaign. For example, you may choose to start by targeting a decision-maker and add influencers later on to get this decision-maker’s attention and build more pressure. Check out our Rally Starter Guide for more suggestions on how to effectively engage multiple targets in your rally.

Do I need to add multiple actions to my rally?

You do not need to have more than one action in your rally. However, Rally Starter is based on the idea that 1,000 “true fans” are more meaningful than 1000,000 “clicktivists”. With Rally Starter, you can build a strong movement of supporters who are committed to your issue and willing to take multiple actions to advance your mission. Additionally, including multiple actions gives you multiple touch-points for reaching your decision-makers and influencers, so you can exert pressure in the most effective ways at the times when it will make the most impact. You can also update your actions over time to reflect your current focus and changes in your issue or campaign. For example, you may choose to start with an email action to your decision-maker and then “up the ante” with a phone call-in action or in-person meetings (i.e. events). Check out our Rally Starter guide for more suggestions on how to effectively use multiple actions in your rally.

How do I find the contact information for my target?

Rally Starter has built out a database of all federal Senators and Members of Congress that is free and available for anyone to use. For other targets, you’ll need to manually add in the contact information (i.e. email address, physical address, phone number, or Twitter handle) yourself. Many politicians, companies, and influential individuals have contact information publically available on the internet. We suggest starting with a Google search or by checking the website of your target. Look for the most specific contact information available for your target. In other words, if you’re targeting the CEO of Walmart, look for an email address or phone number for this person’s office, rather than a general customer service number. Sometimes, direct contact information is hard to find or not publically available. In this case, start with what you have or start by targeting influencers in order to gain access to your decision-maker.

My rally was published and approved but I don’t see it on the site. Why not?

If your rally is not appearing on the site but has been approved, it may be that you set the date range to a time in the future and so the rally would not start until this date. To update the start date of your rally, click “Edit Rally”, “Overview”, and then update the start date to the day you’d like your rally to launch.