Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Dare to Run, Inc.

Changing the World, One Woman at a Time.

Brooklyn, NY


Dare to Run is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and empower women with the skills necessary to run for public office at the local, state and national level of government.

Ruling Year



Ms Rachelle Janice Suissa

Main Address

2520 Batchelder St Apt #2L

Brooklyn, NY 11235 USA


leadership women training government





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Dare to Run is working to ensure that we increase the number of women running for office at all levels of government across New York State. Currently, women comprise 25% of members of Congress, 23% of members of statewide executive office, and only 11% of governors nationwide. Dare to Run is combining an two-semester academic certification program, along with a mentorship and internships for interested candidates. The purpose of this all-in one program is for the participants to be able to get both the academic and hands-on experience they need to learn not only how to run for office and win, but how to set up your office as a candidate, and the individual challenges that female candidates face both during and after the campaign. Dare to Run gives women of all political ideologies the chance to work together and form strategic bonds that will not only guide their campaign process, but will also shape their personas as legislators.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Dare to Run Women's Leadership Certification Program

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Over the course of three years, Dare to Run plans to open training facilities in fourteen states across the southeast and Midwest. These states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota. Pennsylvania South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia Dare to Run is targeting these states because these are the 14 states with the lowest numbers of women serving in their state legislatures.* On average, women will comprise a total of 28.5% of state legislatures nationwide, a significant increase from the 2018 legislative session in which they comprised 25.8% nationwide. ​In addition, Dare to Run is aiming to reach a broad population of women with a wide variety of political ideologies, and believes this make up of states in the South and Southeast would serve these women advantageously. Many women in these states do not have access to training programs and resources that can be found in other states. Dare to Run embraces women with all political ideologies and looks forward to providing them the opportunity to gain critical, important skills needed to run a successful campaign for public office.

Our strategies including the following: 1. New Partnerships. Developing partnerships with other organizations working in the aforementioned states to build relationships and lay the groundwork for Dare to Run to set up training programs within those states. Dare to Run already has partnerships with organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Arkansas.Dare to Run will make a comprehensive list of organizations from across all 14 states, as well as political clubs to conduct outreach to. Once these partnerships and connections have been made, Dare to Run will aim to conduct strategy sessions with all of the organizations in each state. A strategy session would invite all organizations to sit down and discuss how Dare to Run can partner with them to implement our training program and bring it to their constituents as well. 2. Database of Potential Candidates. Recruiting interested participants in each of these states who would like to learn how to run for office. Dare to Run has a candidate database that it has been building since 2017 and will use the contacts made in this database to see if they have knowledge or concepts of any available spaces where training programs can be conducted. 3. Existing Partnerships: Dare to Run has partnerships with organizations including 21 in 21, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, New Leaders Council, and Motivote. Dare to Run will leverage these amazing partnerships and use them for the purpose of recruiting new potential candidates for our training program. We will also partner with them for the possibility of using their space to collaborate and conduct a women's/girls leadership training program onsite and be able to offer two sets of programming to two different populations.

We have a board of 7 people, an advisory council of 14 people, and an email database of almost 500 people. We are growing our network daily and expanding our reach, and that's important for Dare to Run to be able to carry out three important goals: fundraising, candidate recruitment, and partnership development.

Progress will be indicated by three factors: 1. Our ability to train at least 30 people in the first cohort, which is beginning in August of 2019 2. The Ability to expand the second cohort to a total of 75 people in 2020 3. The ability to expand our training programs into New Jersey and Pennsylvania by 2021

1. We have received our 501 c 3 status in March of 2019. 2. We have over 2,100 followers on facebook, 1,200 followers on instagram and 180 followers on Twitter. 3. We have over 100 potential donors in our network and over 450 people on our email list. What's next is recruiting the first thirty people to complete the first cohort in 2019, acquiring workshop facilitators to lead the program, and fundraising $25,000 going into our third fiscal year.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.).
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, it is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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Organizational Demographics

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