Tag Archives: #dearkim

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?

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? […]

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. […]

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 […]

What’s the “IRA Rollover Provision”?

Dear Kim, Would you explain in plain language the “IRA Rollover Provision”? I know it has been made permanent and it is a good thing, but I am still hesitant to mention it to anyone because I am not exactly sure what it is. ~Rolling Over With Anxiety Dear Rolling, The Independent Sector has a […]

What’s the Most Common Fundraising Strategy Around the World?

Dear Kim, You have been to a lot of countries. What is the most common strategy people use to raise money for NGOs around the world? ~Curious George Dear George, The most common strategy is asking each other, but the most common team strategy is, hands down, special events. People like to socialize, they like […]

Unwanted Advances by Donors

Dear Kim, I am a 26-year-old woman, and I hope I don’t sound arrogant, but I am fairly attractive. I am the development associate at my organization. My boss is the development director and we work closely with the director of communications. Recently we had a “donor appreciation” event and one of our largest donors […]

Best Time to Send an Appeal Letter

Dear Kim, When is the best time to send an appeal by mail? I have read many articles and studies and they all suggest different months for different reasons. ~A simple question Dear Simple, The best time to send an appeal is when it is ready. And when should you get the appeal ready? When […]

Segmenting Lists

Dear Kim, I am about to take the plunge. For years I’ve listened to many fundraisers stress the importance of segmenting your donor lists. For a variety of reasons including laziness, being too busy, and poor software, I have not yet done this. But there are other reasons that I never see anyone mention. I […]