Save Our Schools Arizona

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Organization Name Save Our Schools Arizona
Initial Tier Ranking 3
Priority Tier 1
Total Budget Gap $342,000
c3 Voter Registration Gap $168,000
c4 Voter Registration Gap $174,000
PAC Voter Registration Gap
Date of Submission 11/9/2023 12:17:57
Program Summary Org that advocates for public education will go door-to-door, table, and hold events, reaching diverse communities statewide and leveraging local organizers for effective grassroots engagement.
Program States AZ
Program States old Arizona
Cost per VR card $16/VR Card

A typical SOSAZ voter registration canvassing event is four hours. The calculation below shows one team led by 1 paid Team Leader and 9 unpaid volunteers. We average about 250 doors knocked per shift between all ten individuals on a single team.

Number of Team Leaders per Team = 1 / Number of Volunteers per Team = 9
Total Team Members (1 Team Leader + 9 Volunteers) = 10
Number of Doors Knocked by whole team during one four-hour canvassing event = 250
Projected number of voters registered (2.5% of 250) = 6.25
Pay per shift ($25/hr for 1 Team Leader, total of 4 hour shift) = $100
Cost per registration ($100 divided by 6.25) = $16

Reported Cost per VR Card $16.00
Cost-card believability
CaPA Notes on Reported Cost per Card Their program budget breaks down costs further. Likely not including all overhead.
Estimated Cost per VR Card $26
Adjustment made for cost-card
RYVF Overlay BIPOC, Rural
RYVF Score 2
Pooled Grant Givers Rural Democracy Initiative
Organization’s Legal Status
2022 or 2023 Expenses
2024 Budgets
Organization Mission Statement We are a non-partisan, community-based organization fighting for strong public schools for a strong Arizona. We empower parents, teachers, and citizens to advocate for strong public schools in every community. We advocate for responsible education policy that keeps public dollars in public schools and ensures transparency and accountability of taxpayer funds. We collaborate with other education and community advocacy groups to achieve full funding for public schools.
Organization Leadership Women-led
Lead Contact Name Beth Lewis
Lead Contact Title Executive Director
Lead Contact Email beth@sosarizona.org
Lead Contact Phone 480-621-2932
Email Address-other
Lead Contact Pronouns she/her/hers
Core Constituencies engaged in VR program LGBTQ+, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or People Of Color), Youth and Students (aged 15-35)
Issue Focus Pro-public education; ensuring a high-quality, fully-funded public education is available to all Arizona students
Tactics for collecting voter registration cards Our 2024 voter registration program builds on our successes from 2022, leveraging our unique strengths as a grassroots organization making dedicated, long-term, and year-round investments in local community organizers. Importantly, our community volunteer approach (described in more detail below) keeps costs low. Specific voter registration tactics include (1) door-to-door targeted voter registration; (2) tabling to register voters at our many community events; (3) targeted events to register voters within schools (educators and staff), college campuses, parent (PTO/PTA), and community groups; (4) and other relational voter registration efforts. We’ve also developed a new field approach that employs consumer data information made available to us by the Arizona Democratic Party. With this information, we’ve developed a targeted list of likely progressive-friendly households toward which to focus our door-to-door registration efforts. This new approach will allow us to target 1.6 million likely progressive voters who are not currently registered in Arizona. Our approach to statewide organizing understands and values the differences between rural, urban, and suburban communities. To build credibility and establish ourselves as committed partners all across Arizona, we hire local organizers (called Community Action Team coordinators) who manage teams of 200-400 community volunteers for voter registration and voter education events. These organizers and volunteers reflect the diversity of their communities and are trusted advocates in this work. Our locally-focused organizing model makes it possible for us to identify and respond to the needs of our various communities in real time, building credibility and strengthening power amongst all progressive organizations working in those spaces.
Geographic Focus Rural, Suburban / Ex-urban, Small city (<100k), Urban - Large city (>100k), We also work in and alongside Arizona’s native communities, like the Navajo Nation
Jurisdictional Focus n/a (our program is statewide)
Program Budgets We’ve included our total voter registration program budget based on our regional partnership model. The counties included in each region are detailed below. We’ve divided our largest county, Maricopa, into three different jurisdictions.

Save Our Schools Arizona Network (c3 entity)
Northern AZ (Mohave & Yavapai Counties): $34k [tactics: $21k doors; $10k tabling; $2k events; $1k other relational]
Southern AZ 1 (Pinal & Pima Counties): $34k [tactics: $21k doors; $10k tabling; $2k events; $1k other relational]
Southern AZ 2 (Cochise & Yuma Counties): $34k [tactics: $21k doors; $10k tabling; $2k events; $1k other relational]
East Maricopa County: $58,000 $34k [tactics: $21k doors; $10k tabling; $2k events; $1k other relational]
Central & South Phoenix (Maricopa County): $34k [tactics: $21k doors; $10k tabling; $2k events; $1k other relational]
West Maricopa County: $34k [tactics: $21k doors; $10k tabling; $2k events; $1k other relational]

Save Our Schools Arizona (c4 entity)
Northern AZ (Mohave & Yavapai Counties): $29k [tactics: $17k doors; $10k tabling; $1k other relational; $1k events]
Southern AZ 1 (Pinal & Pima Counties): $29k [tactics: $17k doors; $10k tabling; $1k other relational; $1k events]
Southern AZ 2 (Cochise & Yuma Counties): $29k [tactics: $17k doors; $10k tabling; $1k other relational; $1k events]
East Maricopa County: $29k [tactics: $17k doors; $10k tabling; $1k other relational; $1k events]
Central & South Phoenix (Maricopa County): $29k [tactics: $17k doors; $10k tabling; $1k other relational; $1k events]
West Maricopa County: $29k [tactics: $17k doors; $10k tabling; $1k other relational; $1k events]

Total AZ Statewide
c3 entity – $204k
c4 entity – $174k

Budget gaps c3 entity gaps Northern AZ (Mohave & Yavapai Counties): $22k Southern AZ 1 (Pinal & Pima Counties): $22k Southern AZ 2 (Cochise & Yuma Counties): $22k East Maricopa County: $34k Central & South Phoenix (Maricopa County): $34k West Maricopa County: $34k c4 entity gaps Northern AZ (Mohave & Yavapai Counties): $29k Southern AZ 1 (Pinal & Pima Counties): $29k Southern AZ 2 (Cochise & Yuma Counties): $29k East Maricopa County: $29k Central & South Phoenix (Maricopa County): $29k West Maricopa County: $29k; Total AZ Statewide gaps c3 entity – $168k; c4 entity – $174k
Partnerships Indivisible, Arizona Students Association, Arizona List. We also work closely with All Voting Is Local, which focuses on voter education and understanding the rights of registered voters.
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Org Type 1 2
Org Size 1 1.5
Program Impact 1 2.75
Program Efficiency 1 1
Leadership & engagement 1
Ideological Targeting 1 1.5
Creative 1 3
Impact of previous Voter Registration programs
How many voter registration cards does your organization plan to collect in 2024
RDI c3 Awards $35,000 (“unsure of this funding”)
RDI c4 Awards (as of 2/28)
After AQ first2
last 2 confidential