Author Archives: jennifer

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.

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.