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New Successes in "Fundraising for Social Change"
A new study commissioned by the Haas Jr. Fund with Kim Klein and Jeanne Bell, (CEO of CompassPoint) has just been released for free online and looks at what the most successful social change nonprofits are doing to beat the odds and what we can learn from them.
Kim Klein is no stranger to successful fundraising so it was only natural for her to work on the Fundraising Bright Spots report. For more than 30 years, Klein's book, "Fundraising for Social Change," has been the hands on guide to raising money from individuals with a specific focus on organizations working for change, and it is one of the most widely used books in the field and in university degree programs alike.
Now the revised and expanded 7th edition continues what has made this book a classic. It is readable, easy to understand, and able to be applied to almost any nonprofit in need of more money and more donors.
Basing your fundraising strategy on the contributions of individual donors may feel like herding cats but it is the best way for your organization to maintain maximum freedom to pursue your mission.
UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGMENTS
June 16, 2016 - 2016 Greater New Orleans AFP Fundraising Conference "Fundraising: Not a Game of Chance" featuring Kim Klein as the keynote speaker about the Bright Spots report. For more information, click here.
October 18-20, 2016 --A unique opportunity to work closely with Kim Klein for three days in a retreat like setting at Rowe Camp & Conference Center in Rowe, MA. The three day presentation is entitled, "Fundraising for the Long Haul: Advanced Tools for Activist Organizations." For more information, click here.
DEAR KIM KLEIN FUNDRAISING Q & A
This column is published once a month by the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. For previous posts go to their website.
I am a development director in a big, if still civil, disagreement about the allocation of my time—should I spend less time reaching out to annual fund donors giving unrestricted donations under $1,000 so that I can spend more time on major donors, many of whom support specific projects? I feel strongly that neglecting smaller donors would be a disservice on many levels, including the value of community building which may not be as obviously useful as the financial implications.
Could you give me your opinion about whether you think it is worthwhile to have a development person allocate time more evenly versus what my ED wants, which is for me to double up efforts to reach out to major donors and just do the bare minimum to keep everyone else donating.
Go Wide or Go Deep?
Dear Deep and Wide,
Many decades ago, I was in a women’s consciousness-raising group and a harried mother of two toddlers said she just could not get everything done and had asked her husband if he would rather have a hot dinner or a clean house? Imagine her surprise when the leader said, “How about if you ask him, ‘would you rather make dinner or clean house?’”
Your instinct that all the donors deserve attention is correct, but...
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