Author Archives: jennifer

How Do We Fundraise Now?

No matter how your group is funded or what issues you’re focused on, Kim Klein has helpful insights and practical advice for fundraising under 45 for all of us.

Join GIFT at the 19th Annual Allied Media Conference

Join us in Detroit this June 15-18 as we explore how we can fund, resource and sustain our work and movements in ways that energize us, strengthen our organizing, and build community.

Throwing a Fun, Profitable and Mission-Aligned Event The InterNASHional Food Crawl

Here’s how the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition has grown an event that embraces local immigrant and refugee communities while bringing in thousands of unrestricted dollars to support their work.

What Are “DAFs”?

Dear Kim, I am an inexperienced board member for a small tutoring program. We had a guest speaker on fundraising that someone arranged for us and he went on and on about DAFs and how we should find donors with DAFs. Each of us on the board thought the others knew what he was talking […]

Board Member Paying Staff Person Extra

Dear Kim,   I chair the board of a small religious organization.  Each employee has to raise a certain amount toward their salary and this amount is set by the board, as are the salaries. Recently it came to my attention that one employee is receiving additional support from a board member who provides a […]

Finding the Time for Grassroots Fundraising

Dear Kim, I have tried to follow the advice in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal and from you, Andy Robinson, Stephanie Roth, and other grassroots fundraising experts. What you all say makes sense. Having said that, I hope you don’t find my question rude: where do you find the time to really implement all this advice? […]

GIFT Seeks Strategic Planning Facilitator

GIFT solicits proposals from organizational consultants with experience in strategic planning to facilitate a year-long, organization-wide strategic planning process to culminate with a 5-year plan covering 2018-2022.

Whoops! None of Our Year-end Donors Were Thanked

Dear Kim,

I am the chair of the board of an organization with a big problem. We had a great year-end appeal and a lot of people gave money. As we are getting ready to put together our spring appeal, I have learned that none of them were thanked.

Deductions: Volunteer Time, Honorariums & Gala Tickets

Dear Kim, Our tiny nonprofit has an accountant who has been doing our bookkeeping for free. I told her she should deduct the value of her time from her taxes and, to my great surprise, she told me that is not legal. Why would that be? She could have made money during that time from […]

Is the Bottom 98% Giving Less?

Dear Kim, I have been reading a lot about the concentration of wealth and giving among the top 2%. Some articles claim there is a parallel decline in the number and level of people making smaller gifts. What are the implications of this for fundraisers? And do you believe that the bottom 98% of people […]