The Step-by-Step Guide to ActBlue

Can you send an e-mail? (check). Have you bought something online? (check). OK, you've passed the test, and you're ready to begin.

This guide will walk you through the steps of fundraising using the ActBlue website. Before you start, consider opening up a second web browser window so you can follow along step-by-step.

  1. Choose your first candidate, cause or committee
  2. Log in or sign up
  3. Add your own words
  4. Add more candidates, causes or committees (optional)
  5. Editing your page
  6. Start Fundraising!
  7. Track your progress

1. Choose a candidate or committee to support.

Go to our candidate directory (also linked at the top of the page). Using the search bar, find a candidate, cause or committee for whom you want to fundraise. If you want to support more than one, you can add them later. Once you've found the directory entry you're looking for, click the "create page" button in the right-hand column.

2. Log in or sign up.

If you aren't already logged in, you'll be asked to sign up for a free ActBlue account. If you already have one, click on “sign in to an existing account” at the bottom left of the dialog box. If you have an account but can’t remember the password, click on “recover or set a new password.”

3. Add your own words.

Give your fundraising page a good title, and put your name or the name of your organization in the "author" field.

You can then write your pitch for the candidate or committee you've chosen. You can type regular text (separate paragraphs with a blank line, or check out our HTML guide to use bold and italicized fonts, and create bulleted and numbered lists.

No need to worry about getting everything perfect now — you'll be able to edit everything later.

Finally, choose a short, easy-to-remember web address, and click the "create your fundraising page" button.

4. Add more candidates, causes or committees (optional).

If you want to add more candidates, causes or committees to your fundraising page, click on the “add” tab at the top of the page. You’ll be able to search for other individuals or groups and add them to your page by clicking the green “add” button next to their name.

5. Editing your page

When you're logged in, you'll see a series of tabs along the top of your page. Click the "edit" tab. Here you can adjust your page's title, author, and all the text you've written. We recommend that you save your page often so you don't accidentally lose your brilliant fundraising pitch.

6. Start fundraising!

Now, when everything's ready, save your fundraising page, and start fundraising! But don't fall into the trap of thinking that people will mysteriously show up at your page - it's your job to tell people about your page and to get them to visit. If you're new to fundraising, learn how to ask people to contribute here.

7. Track your progress.

Whenever you want to see how your page is doing, just go back to the "My ActBlue" tab. (You may need to log back in.) The "My Fundraising Pages" table will show you how many people have contributed and how much you've raised. If you click on the amount you've raised, you'll get more detailed information on who's contributed.

If you or your contributors have questions about ActBlue, check our FAQs and then contact us and let us know how we can help.