Author Archives: jennifer

Elections & Year-End Fundraising

Dear Kim, What effect do you think the elections will have on year-end fundraising? I am trying to pick a stance for the board meeting and don’t know whether to go with sanguine or anxious.   ~Seriously, though. Dear Though, This is the first Dear Kim in months that has made me laugh.   Does your decision […]

Navigating Race & Class Dynamics in Fundraising

Learn how Community Coalition in South Los Angeles built internal support for launching their membership program, using “Race Retreats” for staff to explore their relationship with money and overcome their hesitancy to ask their working class Black and Latinx constituents to invest financially in the work.

Pitfalls of Multi-Year Pledges

Dear Kim, I recently started work at an organization that deeply relies on the pledging process, but unfortunately has neglected to cultivate those donors who pledged in the first years of these pledge campaigns. I am now charged with the task of (re)connecting with donors who made pledges over five years but have stopped paying. […]

Will BREXIT Affect Fundraising?

The BREXIT vote, for anyone coming back from an off-the-grid vacation, is the recent decision by a very small majority of people in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. British fundraisers are picking themselves up after this surprising, and for most of us, disappointing, vote.

Volunteer Help With Data & Metrics

Dear Kim, We work with refugees and immigrants, providing legal services, workshops and even sanctuary in some churches. I have been reading a lot about fundraising metrics recently and wonder how much time I should spend figuring out our retention rates and return on investment and that kind of thing? We have three paid staff: […]

Seeding Justice: Revenue-Generating Membership and Fundraising Canvasses for Community Organizing

After the 2008 financial crisis, many social justice groups were forced to rethink their dependence on foundation funding. Learn how base-building organizing groups from around the U.S. have built cost-effective membership and fundraising canvasses to grow a sustainable source of funding from the grassroots.

Key to Successful Fundraising: Appreciating Our Donors

Dear Kim, I am new to development and I have heard several contradictory things about the kinds of acknowledgements I should be sending to donors. Someone said we are required by law to send a thank you for every gift and someone else said you have to subtract the value of anything you send to […]

Resourcing the Movement for Black Lives

William Cordery takes a close look at the role institutional philanthropy has played in supporting the Movement for Black Lives, and how foundations can be more effective partners to social movements.

Starting a Major Gifts Program

Kim Klein walks us through the necessary steps to starting a major gifts program, from setting goals to preparing solicitation materials to asking for renewals.

Tips for Taking Your Twitter Game to the Next Level

Meena Hussain explains the ins and outs of Twitter and shows us how to compose engaging tweets that will expand our reach.