Tag Archives: volunteers

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.

Deductions: Volunteer Time, Honorariums & Gala Tickets

Dear Kim, Our tiny nonprofit has an accountant who has been doing our bookkeeping for free. I told her she should deduct the value of her time from her taxes and, to my great surprise, she told me that is not legal. Why would that be? She could have made money during that time from […]

The Pros and Cons of Engaging Volunteers in Fundraising

Dear Kim, For years I have been told that board members and volunteers need to be trained and enlisted in reaching out, meeting with donors, thanking them and asking for support. I work somewhere that has prioritized that. But all of that comes with the cost of a lot of staff time. Some volunteers aren’t […]

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: […]

Comping Event Volunteers

Dear Kim,  Our organization is putting on a big event using a great team of about 50 volunteers. The tickets to the event are $100 each and we only have capacity for 400 people. We expect to sell out. Now I am being told the volunteers should get a free ticket, but the problem is […]

Who Should Foot the Bill for Board Meetings?

Dear Kim, I am on the board of a small organization.  We are required to make a donation, which I am fine with, but we also pay for the meals we are served at board meetings and we pay all our own costs for the board retreat once a year. A good friend who is […]