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ApaFirm Fundraising is a management and fundraising firm serving progressive campaigns and causes nationwide since 2002. Two things set us apart from other fundraising firms. First, we work harder. We keep odd hours and push through when it gets tough, because money doesn’t sleep and it doesn't come easy. Second, we work smarter. Our comprehensive approach to fundraising means we develop and follow a strong plan to reach goals. We take nothing for granted, using old-fashioned hard work and cutting edge technologies to raise as much money possible, as quickly as possible.

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History of ApaFirm

ApaFirm started in 2002 as a staffing network for political campaigns. The network became ApaFirm Fundraising in 2010 when the firm’s primary focus turned to raising money for the progressive campaigns and causes it serves. ApaFirm also serves non-profit, and small-business organizations.

ApaFirm Fundraising’s philosophy is based on the techniques developed by Anastasia Apa on the campaign trail, over eight election cycles. Apa specialized in managing races and raising money, and built a reputation for breaking fundraisings records for Democrats in tough-to-win, Republican-leaning districts, by working with first-time candidates who had little or no name recognition, and in races where there was no historical fundraising base.

Apa later brought the techniques and processes of successful fundraising in those challenging circumstances to the ApaFirm Fundraising System. We connect the long-term planning and relationship building fundamentals of non-profit fundraising to the fast-paced, frugal attitudes of political fundraising.

About Anastasia Apa

Apa started in politics in 2001 as an intern in the office of Congresswoman Carrie Pittman Meek in her hometown of Miami, Florida. As an intern, she worked on HIV/AIDS education projects as well the first Early Vote Campaign Initiatives, which Rep. Meek spearheaded in Florida. After completing her internship, she was recommended to manage a Miami-Dade countywide race for the ACLU of Florida's "Say NO to Discrimination" Campaign. The 2002 ballot initiative victory and the lessons learned about managing a political campaign were just the beginning for the ambitious Apa.

After the campaign, Williams, Stern & Associates (WSA), a heath policy and evaluation firm, hired Apa to work as a Special Assistant to the company’s President.  Apa was responsible to help with grant writing and assembly, committee management and staffing, and client relations. “Some of the most important skills and tools I used out on the road as a campaign manager I learned working for my boss at a firm in Miami early on. She remains one of my greatest mentors, and she motivated me so much back then, I can still hear her words of encouragement now on rough days,” recalled Apa.

Her boss, an EMILY’s List supporter encouraged Apa to apply to EMILY’s List Campaign Corp in late 2003. The competitive program provides recent college grads with an intense weeklong campaign management training program before shipping them off to work on a campaign in the heat of the election. Apa was selected and traveled to Washington, DC in 2004.

After training, Apa was sent to Philadelphia to work on a US Senate race. As the Deputy Scheduler, Apa’s desk was located the office that served as the “brain” of the large, professional operation, where the campaign manager and other decision makers on the race worked.  Apa was also greatly influenced by the campaign’s political director who later helped her return to Philadelphia to pursue her management and fundraising career. Watching campaign strategy develop and learning logistics, planning, timeline management, and candidate management inspired Apa. She decided right then that she would be a campaign manager.

Since then, Apa has traveled the country working as a political campaign manager and fundraiser. She spent more than 10 years on the ground managing races and raising money for 15+ campaigns living and working in more than twenty states, ranging from Chicago, IL to Selma, Alabama. She has also worked as contractual hire for unions and outreach consulting firms.

Anastasia Apa served as a national Trainer for Democracy for America starting in 2008 and believes that training the next generation of fundraisers is critical. She said, “Success for progressive campaigns and causes is directly tied to the money. It takes money to get a message out. Without the money, we are powerless, at the mercy of those with the opposite message and all the money.”

Apa has a special passion for fundraising and has trained and built a strong coalition of professional fundraisers. She is currently working to develop a fundraising mobile application and several workbooks to help fundraisers at every level strengthen organization and planning skills, master the "common-sense" core principles and think beyond conventional fundraising methods. Learn more about the #ApaFirmApp.

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Staffing Services

We interview, screen and provide placement for fundraising staffers interested in serving campaigns and causes.
Employers: Contact us for help hiring staff for your campaign or cause.
Fundraisers/Future Fundraisers: Contact us about employment opportunities.

Non-Profits & Progressive Causes

Longer-term fundraising campaigns require detailed planning and day-to-day donor relations. We get it, we are good at donor relations because we do it with urgency. Now that's raising the bar to raise the money.
Contact us for help preparing for and seeking funding.

ApaFirm offers individualized or group training services including script development, coaching and technique training, tools and tactics and strategy development.

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Political Fundraising

ApaFirm offers comprehensive fundraising planning and plan implementation services. We develop programs that include utilization of all fundraising tools including calltime, events, letter and online solicitation, social media fundraising, and political action committee (PAC) solicitation. We develop donor lists unique to each campaign and candidate. Tailored viability messaging and scripts will strengthen the connection between target donors and our clients, raising more money.

ApaFirm specializes in raising money in tough-to-win districts (conservative strongholds), with first-time candidates, and in races where money has not been raised before. We place a trained ApaFirm staffer on the ground with our client and manage the finance operation remotely through all-day check in’s, regular reporting, and videophone monitoring and training. Contact us for more information.

Non-Profit Fundraising

ApaFirm offers an adapted version of our Political Fundraising System to non-profit organizations. It brings together the long-term planning and donor-relations development components involved in successful non-profit fundraising and the urgency-focused, message-driven characteristics of political fundraising. ApaFrm’s program works best for start-up non-profits and those in transition and seeking growth. Contact us for more information.

Campaign Management

Managing a campaign means developing a plan and a matching budget. It means keeping the trains on the tracks and running on time. ApaFirm’s leadership has managed 20+ campaigns, on the ground, over eight cycles, across the country (check out our map). We have extensive campaign management experience and specialize in planning and strategic decision-making. Our focus is building strong campaign infrastructures and offer fundraising services to ensure our clients have the funds they need to fully implement the campaign plan. Contact us for more information.

Donor List Development

We will not sell you lists and we will not sell your lists.  We develop donor lists unique to each campaign and candidate, and it’s included in the price.  Contact us for more information about how we approach list development to help you raise the bar and raise the money you need.

Calltime Experts

80% of all dollars raised typically come from the calltime fundraising tool and we are experts at everything calltime.  We develop lists, scripts, follow up processes including letters, train candidates and staff on how to facilitate calltime, and maintain a database among other services.  Contact us to get started.

Experience

We’ve raised money in small, rural towns like Lebanon, TN and we’ve raised money in big cities like Chicago, IL.  Click here and have a look at our client map to see where we’ve been managing races and raring money since 2002.

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About #ApaFirmApp®

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    #ApaFirmApp® is the world’s first mobile application that teaches its user how to raise money using the comprehensive ApaFirm Fundraising System.

     
  • What does #ApaFirmApp® do?

    The ApaFirm Mobile Application called #ApaFirmApp® is the world’s first mobile application that teaches its user how to raise money using the comprehensive ApaFirm Fundraising System. Through customized scripts and message and technique training, the app helps raise money. The user experience includes fundraising role play and access to fundraising professionals through VideoFone-A-Fundraiser® and other calltime focused tools. Raise the money and raise the bar with #ApaFirmApp®.

     
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  • When will #ApaFirmApp® be available?

     

    The scheduled release date for the #ApaFirmApp® Beta is June of 2015. The first version of the fundraising mobile application is created for use on the Apple Platform and a web version is also in development. Mobile users will be able to purchase the application through their smartphone marketplace and download it on their smart mobile devices including phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. Register for a chance to beta test the #ApaFirmApp® fundraising application using the form below or contact us directly.

     
  • Does #ApaFirmApp® only work for political fundraising?

     

    The first version of the ApaFirmApp focuses on political fundraising programming but some of the techniques and tools can be applied to other kinds of fundraising, like non-profit fundraising.  Since calltime is the highest producing tools for political campaigns, the focus of the application is on calltime.  The non-profit focused version is scheduled for around January 2016.

     
  • How much does #ApaFirmApp cost?

     

    We are still working through how we can offer our users the most cost effective price points possible. We estimate prices will cost less than 5% of a comparable professional operation. The ApaFirmApp is the first fundraising mobile application, ever, guaranteed to work, paying for itself, plus raising you money when you work it.

     
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Does #ApaFirmApp® only work for political fundraising?

Bring experience and face-to-face training and support with a professional ApaFirm Fundraiser straight into your home or The first version of the ApaFirmApp® focuses on political fundraising programming but some of the techniques and tools can be applied to other kinds of fundraising, like non-profit fundraising. Since calltime is the highest producing tools for political campaigns, the focus of the application is on calltime. The non-profit focused version is scheduled for around January 2016.

Request more information about the ApaFirmApp®

How much does #ApaFirmApp® cost?

We are still working through how we can offer our users the most cost effective price points possible. Prices are estimated to cost less than 5% of a comparable professional operation. As we continue developing ApaFirmApp® our priority is creating the strongest tool possible. The ApaFirmApp® will include a base cost with add on options to enhance user experience. Sign up below for more information about the future of fundraising, the ApaFirmApp®.

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Based in Miami Beach, FL
Serving campaigns and causes nationwide

(305) 733-3639 Direct to Anastasia Apa
Email: Apa@ApaFirm.com

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