Tag Archives: #grassrootsfundraising

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.

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.

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? […]

Happy Birthday, Grassroots Fundraising Journal!

Thank you to the 106 supporters who collectively gave $22,667 to keep the Journal affordable for all. And a warm welcome to the 130 subscribers who signed up during the last 35 days of 2016 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Journal. You make this work possible. THANK YOU!

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. […]

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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 […]