Mary Lang Sollinger

Mary offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at political canvassing and fundraising while following ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the love of our country. Mary’s years of fundraising experience for community and non-profit organizations culminated and translated into an incredible effort to get out the vote for Senator Obama. While knocking on door after door in Madison, Dubuque, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis, Mary found unique ways to overcome obstacles when trying to connect with people on the other side of those doors. She embodied Obama’s campaign mantra: respect, empower, include. As a result of her grassroots work and her fundraising successes, she was asked to serve on President Obama’s National Finance Committee, both in 2008 and 2012. Mary has generously shared many inspirational and invaluable lessons learned throughout her years of experience. An epilogue is included with nine examples of successful fundraising events for those who want to have their own fundraising event for any organization.