Join MCN as we bring Kim Klein back to Minnesota. Register for the
morning session, Fundraising for the Long Haul, and your registration
automatically includes lunch and the afternoon session. You’ll be glad
you spent a whole day with Kim Klein!
Comments about Kim from last year’s workshop:
“It had been a while since I attended any kind of workshop, and I am
so glad I was able to attend this one. Kim Klein was excellent and I
appreciated the mix of workshop/interactive activities, as well as her
use of humor to deliver the information. I also liked the opportunity to
ask questions throughout the day.”
“Kim is so plain speaking. Loved her.”
“Kim made so many valid and useful points. I liked
that she made examples of ‘how-to’ from audience questions. Enjoyed her
humor and presentation style. Very ‘edutainmenty’. The very next morning
I implemented something I had learned from the session. Today again
there's another way I can apply my learning. Priceless! Thank you!”
PART 1: Fundraising for the Long Haul, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Is development a major part of your job?
Do you have the feeling that fundraising is getting
harder, despite the many technological tools that have helped make it
easier? Do you feel you don’t know what to do even with the wide range
of low cost and free fundraising information which has made knowledge
about fundraising very accessible?
You are not alone!
The astronomical wealth gap has tilted
philanthropic giving to a dangerous degree, with more than 50% of all
private giving coming from, at most, 5% of households. The number of
people making gifts to nonprofits has gone down dramatically and the
scale of need nonprofits are asked to address has risen with equal
How do we create a development strategy for these times?
In this workshop, Kim Klein will help you focus on
what we know still works—personal solicitation; setting goals; and
engaging board, staff, and volunteers in fundraising. Kim will discuss
what is and isn’t true about fundraising today, and she will describe
organizations that are doing very well and why. You will leave with much
more clarity about your fundraising program.
PART 2: Nonprofits Talking Taxes: Understanding the Role of Taxes in Promoting the Common Good, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Public schools are receiving mega gifts from
individuals. Public parks are reliant on corporate funding. Public
health clinics are desperately seeking major gifts. What is wrong with
Our country, and our nonprofit sector, have lost
sight of the need for public services to be provided by the PUBLIC
through taxes. The bottom line is that without significant restoration
of government revenue, there is not enough money to do the work that
communities count on nonprofits to do.
In this fast paced workshop, you will learn how
your communities’ tax structure is a mirror of community values, why
nonprofits have a stake in creating fair and just tax policy, and you
will realize that anyone can understand the basics of tax policy.
Nonprofits Talking Taxes is an effort to engage the
staff of our nation’s nonprofits – which are 10% of the workforce – in
conversation about what taxes should pay for and what private sources
should pay for. We must express those opinions more clearly.
By working cross sector instead of issue by issue,
we can exercise our aggregate clout with lawmakers and at the ballot box
to create communities which reflect the values of the common good.
If you have ever thought:
I can’t understand tax policy;
I don’t know how to choose what kind of taxes are fair or not fair;
I don’t know what this has to do with my work at my nonprofit;
- then this workshop is for you.
Fun, interesting, and easy to understand – you will
be amazed at how effective you and your nonprofit can be without adding
significantly to your workload.
Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
This event will address the following best practices:
FINANCE 16: Nonprofit organizations should secure appropriate levels of funding to carry out their missions and activities and, when possible, diversify their revenue sources to avoid being dependent on a single funding type.
- FUND 15: A nonprofit should plan its communications to tell the story of the organization and maintain consistent, mission-focused and timely communication with donors.
- LEAD 9: Leaders should actively communicate how the organization’s activities produce the intended change in the community and inspire others to affect that change through fundraising, advocacy and programming.
Refreshments: A light continental breakfast will be served. Feel free
to bring a snack for the afternoon. A box lunch will be provided for
lunch. Plenty of vegan and gluten free lunches will be available.
Travel: Directions to Saint Mary’s University Center, including driving and transit options, are available on SMU's website.
Parking: SMU's University Center has a free parking lot. Free parking is also available on surrounding city streets. Additional paid parking is available at the Phillips Eye Institute (2 blocks away). Please plan plenty of time to arrive, park and walk to University Center.
About the Presenter
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. 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.