Author Archives: jennifer

Watch GIFT’s Budgeting for Fundraising Webinar

We explore: (1) Important fundraising-related expenses to include in your annual budget, (2) How to use your annual budget to create a fundraising plan, and (3) Ways GIFT can support you in meeting your annual grassroots fundraising goals. You’ll leave equipped with tips and inspiration to help you start drafting your 2018 budget.

If You Build It They Will Come: Creating a Culture of Fundraising

Does creating a culture of fundraising seem like an insurmountable task at your organization? Beth Rayfield shows us how we can overcome challenges and get on the path towards greater financial sustainability.

Spending Money to Raise Money

Dear Kim, You’ve often said, “You have to spend money to raise money.” But how much is enough? What’s the ideal ratio of fundraising expenses to income?  ~Bang for the Buck Dear Bucky, I feel there is something in human nature that wants these kinds of benchmarks so we have something to measure ourselves against. […]

Why Do We Need a Gift Acceptance Policy?

Dear Kim, A colleague is working with you on a capital campaign and she says you have insisted that the organization create a “Gift Acceptance Policy.” I brought this to our board of directors and they said it should just be “We accept all gifts.” We all laughed. I don’t mean to be disrespectful but […]

When Can We Ask Monthly Donors for Special One-Time Gifts (and to Upgrade)?

Our organization has been having discussions about whether and how we can approach monthly donors, particularly those who are already giving $100+ per month, to discuss an extra single gift or an increased monthly gift. We are looking to develop a protocol about this so our development team has some guidance. Do you have any advice?

Major Donor Surveys: A Three Year Case Study

In the sequel to his January-February 2016 article, “Surveys and Segments: Building Your Major Donor Strategy,” Jack Hui Litster shares lessons learned in the three years since Inter Pares first launched their major donor survey.

May Day: Protection, Dignity & Respect for All

The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training is proud to unite in solidarity with immigrant rights organizations, labor unions, students, clergy, social justice activist groups, and communities across the country this May Day for A Day Without Immigrants.   On Monday, May 1 we will honor and join in a national strike with hundreds of thousands […]

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.