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 […]

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 […]