We provide financial, personal and political support to our endorsed candidates in the following ways:
Early Money donations are lump sums given by the organisation to EMILY's List candidates in targeted marginal seats. These donations are designed to give candidates a head-start on the campaign trail and to draw out further donors. Early Money is raised by EMILY’s List through income-generating activities such as membership, national events, merchandise sales and fee for service training.
EMILY’s List also facilitates Direct Donations to EMILY's List candidates through our website, social media and bulletins to members. We provide the opportunity through our website for people to donate directly to individual candidates, with 100% of these funds going to the chosen candidates. EMILY’s List Australia was the first Australian political organisation to provide this facility for candidates.
All EMILY’s List endorsed candidates are matched with mentors – experienced current or former women MPs, unionists or community campaigners – to provide advice and support during election campaigns. Practical and personal support on the campaign trail is highly valued by EMILY’s List candidates and fosters connections between geographically and generationally disperse women leaders. We also keep up regular email, phone and personal contact with candidates during their campaign and provide messages and gifts of appreciation for their hard work after campaigns finish.
EMILY’s List links women volunteers to candidates who need assistance with such campaign activities as letterboxing, door-knocking and polling day leafleting. We also enlist members to take part in phone banks on behalf of EMILY's List candidates.
EMILY's List provides endorsed candidates with political training in key areas important to women. Depending on the needs of candidates in each state or territory, local EMILY's List members support candidates by offering training in the following areas:
- Campaigning as a Woman
- Managing the Message: You and the Media
- Running a Marginal Seat Campaign
- Public speaking
Visit our Training page for more information.