It’s About the Effort

The past few days have been really exciting. About 20 Tennessee bloggers got together, led by Knoxville blogger R. Neal to work for a common goal: to Chip inraise funds for the TNDP and elections coming in 2010. Our expectations were low. We wanted to make a statement, but not overpromise and underdeliver.

Tuesday, when the conversation first started, $1000 seemed like a doable goal. Over the course of the past 28 hours we’ve expanded our goal twice and supporters of the TNDP have responded, giving over $2700. Honestly, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the response.

Truth be told, we don’t have any illusions about this effort. The TNDP raised and spent $1.9m dollars in the last cycle, and still lost. While our current effort may only account for .2% of that fundraising cycle total, it’s something. It’s a step in the right direction. I believe we’ve all learned something about not only the process, but about the power of people, with similar goals, banding together to achieve a common goal. It doesn’t matter that the dollar amount is called “insignificant” by the nay-sayers. The important thing to take from the exercise is that you can make a difference if you’re willing to try.

As Braisted notes in the linked post, there are a lot of nay-sayers out there. Let them talk. While they’re talking, we’re doing something, no matter how small, to strengthen the Democratic Party in Tennessee.

Help us reach our new goal of $3000 and 100 supporters by giving what you can today.

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  1. Widow’s mite is valuable. It’s not the amount, it’s the spirit in which the gift was given. Here’s the litle Bible story… “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth: she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.'”

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