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RFS Ascend


Run for Something helps recruit and support young, diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future; the candidates we support now could become members of the House, Senate, and maybe even president one day. We aim to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with organization building, amplification, and access to the training needed to be successful.

During our first four years, Run for Something provided many resources to candidates we support.  In 2020, we merged with Ascend PAC — an organization that has similarly focused on building the bench of Democratic candidates exclusively by providing direct financial support. With this merger, we launched a pilot program to provide high-impact investments to our top endorsed candidates in Texas and Pennsylvania.


Run for Something endorsed 565 candidates on the November ballot in 2020. For the RFS Ascend program’s first year as a pilot we’re aimed to select 20-30 of them to receive this direct funding.

We only contributed  to state legislative candidates in Texas and Pennsylvania. A key element of our approach is long-term thinking: we start small, grow steadily, and continue to expand our impact year in and year out. This enabled us to focus our attention and resources on two critical states and one level of races.


Signing up

Click here to learn more about the program, like how to join the investor community, which gives members an opportunity to recommend candidates, serve on state-based Selection & Investment Committees, and more.

Still have questions about becoming an investor, or ready to sign up? Email us at