Author Archives: jennifer

Five Steps to Developing a Better Fundraising Budget

Dipty Jain and Kate Garroway explain how following these five budgeting principles can result in improved financial sustainability and overall staff communication.

Using Surveys to Strengthen Relationships with Donors

Helpful tips from Stephanie Roth on how surveys can deepen our connection with donors.

From Zero to Sixty: How People’s Action Institute and People’s Action Built a Strong Individual Giving Program

Learn how People’s Action Institute and People’s Action grew their base of supporters through various strategies—expanding their grassroots fundraising income by leaps and bounds.

Submit a Proposal for the Resourcing & Sustaining Our Movements Track at #AMC2018

Join GIFT at the 20th annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit June 14-17, 2018 as we explore how to mobilize the resources (people, time, money, skills, land, and care) we need for our movements and communities to adapt and thrive.

One Impactful Action by 12/31

Dear Kim, I have taken many fundraising workshops, including from you, and I always find that I learn a lot. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I am hardly ever able to implement anything I learned because I have no time. Someone suggested just trying to figure out one thing I could do differently […]

A Simple Breakdown of the Johnson Amendment

Dear Kim, Do you have any easy to read explanations of the “Johnson Amendment”? I am trying to educate myself about this but find that most of what is written is too complicated for my attention span. The right wing seems to claim this amendment infringes on free speech, but everyone else seems to think […]

How Can We Prepare Our Team for Donor Calls?

Dear Kim, Our organization has recently started asking staff and board to host fundraising phone banks in their local areas for our fundraising campaigns. Most of the time people are leaving messages, and the donors we do get on the phone range from not wanting to talk much to wanting to hear a lot about […]

Prepare for Year-End Fundraising Webinar Recording & Slides

‘Tis the season. If you’re newer to end-of-year fundraising, let GIFT help you prepare for the last big push of 2017. Participants will explore: 1) Driving forces behind year-end giving lore; 2) Planning an end-of-year fundraising campaign; and 3) Tips from GIFT to help ensure your campaign is successful. This workshop-oriented webinar will leave you ready to sprint to […]

A Legacy of Cross-Class Fundraising: How One Group Survived and Thrived

When the board of Third Wave Fund (TWF) began sunsetting the group in 2012, the grantees and grassroots leaders it had supported over the years would not accept its closure. Learn how TWF centered the leadership of its base to build a stronger, more inclusive, and financially sustainable organization.

Welcoming New Donors

Dear Kim, We’re a small group with limited staff and resources, but we know that properly welcoming new donors to our organization and thanking them for their gift will greatly increase the chances of them giving again. What do you recommend including in donor welcome packets that is not too labor or resource intensive?  ~Small […]