While the Klein and Roth Consulting practice officially started in 2005, each of us has a long history of working in a variety of movements and has developed an understanding of the unique challenges that small to mid-size nonprofits face. We use our wisdom from these experiences to help build creative solutions with you.
Stephanie Roth discovered feminism in high school, and got her first dream job as the sole staff person for a reproductive rights organization in 1980. She learned very quickly that foundation funding was hard to come by for organizations working on controversial causes. She realized there was a whole world of community-based fundraising while working for a rape crisis center in NYC that not only could bring in a lot more money than going for competitive foundation grants, but was a way to bring people together to fight for justice.
Stephanie was the Editor of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal for many years, and also published a book, The Accidental Fundraiser: A Step by Step Guide to Raising Money for Your Cause in 2005.
Stan Yogi abandoned his childhood dream of becoming a roller derby star for more realistic career goals--movie director, lawyer, English professor—before finding in the non-profit community the tribe from which he was separated at birth. He initially worked for grantmaking organizations, including California Humanities, where he was a program officer. He then moved to the fundraising side of the non-profit equation, first as a grantwriting consultant and then as Director of Planned Giving and Foundation Support for the ACLU of Northern California.
He credits his activism to Asian American Studies courses he took as an undergraduate at UCLA. He was involved in the movement for Japanese American redress and other Asian American issues. It wasn’t until he joined the board of the Horizons Foundation (the San Francisco Bay Area’s LGBTQ community foundation) that he learned about the importance of fundraising from individuals. At that time, the early 1990s, AIDS was ravaging the gay community and very few foundation or government funders, even in progressive San Francisco, supported LGBTQ organizations. So, LGBTQ individuals had to support non-profits serving our community.
He has combined his love of writing, history, and activism by co-authoring two books, Wherever There’s a Fight, (a history of civil rights in California), and Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (a biography for young readers about a man who defied the government’s World War II orders forcing Japanese Americans into prison camps). He is currently researching a book about progressive Christianity.
Kim Klein’s journey to become a pioneer in teaching small nonprofits how to raise big money started in seminary where her field placement took her to one of the first domestic violence shelters in the country, La Casa de Las Madres, in San Francisco, CA. Starting by asking churches and synagogues to support the shelter, Kim realized that the taboo in our culture about talking about money made it hard to ask for donations. As a development director at the Coalition for the Medical Rights of Women, Kim helped them decrease their dependence on foundation funding by building a successful individual donor program.
Finding that very little information existed about how small grassroots social justice groups could raise money from their communities, she decided (in collaboration with her friend Lisa Honig) to start a magazine, the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Kim wrote Fundraising for Social Change, now in its 7th Edition, in continuous print since 1985.
Kim is no longer accepting new clients.
Nancy Otto started her fundraising journey in 1989 organizing hip hop dance events that benefitted groups such as Asian and Pacifica Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Network, Asian Pacific Sisters, and Gay Asian Pacific Alliance. She learned the power of using fun and community based events to bring people together to support important efforts. She directed the field program and a high school education project for the ACLU of Northern California and was a policy wonk at the National Immigration Forum. She served on the Boards of national PFLAG, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic learning first hand the challenges of asking for money from a Board member’s perspective. Nancy is also an artist and appreciates the need some arts organizations have to work outside the box.
When Rona Fernandez decided to go from bystander to racial justice activist, she jumped in with two feet and never looked back. Her first action was an all-day sit-in at the Chancellor Chang Lin-Tien’s office at UC Berkeley in 1993, to protest the defunding of the Ethnic Studies program. A writer, she was also an editor at the Filipino-American student literary journal maganda, which is still in publication today. Her first actual fundraising job was as a canvasser with United Communities for Human Rights, where she helped raise money to support shelters for domestic abuse survivors. After college she co-founded theSchool of Unity and Liberation, a political education program for organizers, and launched its signature summer youth training program, and also worked as an action organizer and field organizer with Californians for Justice, where she learned the ropes of electoral work and the importance of grassroots organizing to build power and make lasting change. At CFJ, she fundraised door-to-door, while collecting petition signatures on the street, as a house party organizer, and later as the organization’s development director. On these different stops of her journey, Rona found that fundraising allowed her to marry organizing with her love of writing. But fundraising did not become her true calling until she attended the trainings of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training in 2005, and was fortunate to find mentors in Kim Klein and Stephanie Roth. Rona joined the Klein & Roth Consulting family in 2009, and is proud to be part of this unique and powerful team.