My simple kudo to you Kim! During my stint as an Executive Director, your workshop and one-on-one help were among some of the best learning experiences in my professional career.
— Marc Smiley, Solid Ground Consulting
Your advice over the last 12 years has been invaluable. We always say to each other, ‘What would Kim Klein say?’
— Christiane Carman and Kristine Albrecht, Santa Cruz Montessori

Kim Klein

Kim Klein is an internationally known trainer, speaker and author, well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth and humorous way.  She has a wide range of nonprofit experience, having worked as staff and as a volunteer and a board member.

Kim is the author of five books, including Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, which won the McAdam Book Award.  Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its seventh edition, is widely used in the field and in university degree programs.  Her other books include Fundraising for the Long Haul, Ask and You Shall Receive, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis.  She is the series editor of the Kim Klein Fundraising Series at Jossey Bass Publishers.  She was a member of the Building Movement Project where she worked on a project called Nonprofits Talking Taxes. Kim is a Fellow with On the Commons and blogs at

She has provided training and consultation in all 50 United States, five Canadian provinces and 21 other countries.  She is a lecturer at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as guest faculty at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Concordia University in Montreal. Kim co-founded the Grassroots Fundraising Journal in 1981 and was its publisher for 25 years.

Kim Klein photo credit Peg Henderson

Kim Klein photo credit Peg Henderson

I believe organizations should have a philosophy of fundraising. They should answer the question, ‘What sources of funding will most help us fulfill our mission?’ Your sources of money are your sources of accountability. Who are you answerable to? Who rightly thinks they can influence the direction your organization goes in? There are organizations that should be entirely or mostly funded by government and those that should be entirely or mostly funded by corporations or foundations. Those organizations would be accountable to those entities. Organizations that work for justice for all people needed to be funded by those people.
— Kim Klein