Tag Archives: Dear Kim

Rewarding Good Work with More Work

Dear Kim, I have been a development director for the same organization for five years, and everyone agrees I have done a good job. Every year we have increased the number of donors we have and the income from them; we have more foundation grants and we have a board that, for the most part, […]

Are Small Gifts a Waste of Time?

Dear Kim, I am writing to you as a donor. I give away 10% of my income every year and support about 25 organizations with donations in the $20-$50 range with a few at $100. I live on social security but I don’t have many expenses so I can do this. But I read recently […]

Collecting Pledges

Dear Kim: A donor recently promised a donation of $2500 but hasn’t paid it.  How can I collect this money?  We could really use it but don’t want to be rude. ~Accounts Receivable Dear Accounts: Here is the protocol for collecting pledges:  1)      The donor makes a commitment in person or in writing to an […]

Finding Foundation Funding

Dear Kim: How does a really good organization get foundation funding?  I know from your books that you don’t recommend relying on grants, but it seems like they are a help for getting programs off the ground.  I have used the Foundation Center’s database, which is great, and I have identified potential grantmakers, followed instructions, […]

8.5 Is This the Wrong Time to Start a Nonprofit?

Dear Kim, I want to start a nonprofit that teaches young people digital arts.  I have researched and received training on how to do this, and now I’m ready to get things going.  I have board members ready to volunteer and support the vision.  There is no other organization with this focus here in our […]

8.5 When Is It Ok to Tell a Potential Donor How Much Someone Else Gave?

Dear Kim, I am concerned that the director of the organization where I work may be using questionable fundraising “tactics.” For example, he would like to meet with a potential corporate donor and say “We would like you to sponsor five children for one year. Applebee’s has sponsored five children for the year, can you?” […]

Dear Kim: Overcoming donor dread

Dear Kim: We have a really generous but very difficult donor.  He gives about $20,000 a year, and in some years has given $50,000.  He is by far our biggest donor (we have a few donors who give $5,000 and several hundred who give anywhere from $25-$1,000) and it is my job to go see […]

Dear Kim: Message from Kim

Dear Readers: What are you doing August 12-13?  I hope as many of you as possible will be answering, “Coming to the Money for Our Movements Conference!” This biennial conference is being held this year at Mills College in Oakland and will feature trainers and participants from all over the United States. If any of […]