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Fundraising for Social Change 6th Edition

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"Fundraising for Social Change is a must for anyone involved in fundraising-fromt he smallest community-based group to regional and national organizations. Kim Klein makes the art of fundraising user-friendly. In more than 30 years of fundraising and grant making for progressive efforts, I have not found a more worthwhile tool." (Ray Santiago, Seva Foundation)

"Kim's clearly written and accessible Fundraising for Social Change lays out how to think about and how to carry out individual donor fundraising, capital campaigns, and special events. If your organization is trying to find a way to develop a base of financial support independent of the whims and fancies of finicky foudnations, this is the book for you." (Gary Delgado, Applied Research Center)

"This book is the Bible for grassroots fundraisers. Any time we get a question on individual donor fundraising we say, 'Have you checked what Kim says?'" (June Rostan, Southern Empowerment Project)

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"Kim is a legend and pioneer in fundraising for nonprofits of all sizes and types. She provides practical and timeless advice on a myriad topics. Her book should be on the shelf of every development director."
—Pam Williams, director of development, The Marin Humane Society

"This is my grassroots fundraising 'bible.' I refer to it when preparing for a new fundraising campaign and tell others to read it when they’re feeling overwhelmed. I know I would be lost if I didn’t have this book in my fundraising library."
—Rona Fernandez, development director, Californians for Justice

"Hawaii Community Foundation has brought Kim to the islands for over ten years to present her information-packed workshops on fundraising. Fundraising for Social Change brings Kim into the nonprofit organizations on a daily basis with the principles and practical tools needed for a successful long-term fundraising program."
—Lorraine Sato Tamaribuchi, foundation officer for Maui County, Hawaii Community Foundation

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 6 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470887176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470887172
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book covers all types of fundraising--events, direct mail, phon-a-thons, personal requests and more. There is more than enough information on each of these topics to help you implement the strategy. She helps you to visualize your fundraising efforts within the entire context of your organization and over the years you will be in your community. Further, she reframes fundraising to help you understand that you are not "pitiful beggars" plaguing people with your requests for help, but actually helping people to make meaningful contributions to their community. I purchased several books on fundraising that turned out to be mistakes--and books on fundraising are not cheap. This book saved our organization its price within seconds of its purchase.
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I love this book. It's been around for a while in one form or another. Currently it is in its 5th revision. And with each revision the author has refined it. As a result, it is very well written and outlined. It is also really good because the author is a fundraising practitioner and teaches what she does. She really knows her stuff when it comes to fundraising. At least that's the impression I get from reading her book.

Fundraising at a nonprofit, whether large or small, is basically a profit center. It's a business! This book treats it as a business and has the feel of a startup guide for that business. As a SCORE volunteer believe me when I say this book has the feel of a startup guide; I've read my fair share of startup guides for for-profits and counseled enough wanta-be entrepreneurs on how to start a business. This book is a startup guide.

So how is this book a startup guide? Well, it advocates preparing a written fundraising plan BEFORE you put together your fundraising office and start raising funds. It describes a "fundraising framework" that you must understand before you can prepare a sound and successful plan. Then it tells you about time-tested strategies for acquiring and keeping donors - the strategies that will enable your nonprofit to build a foundation or base of donors from which all successful fundraising will emanate. And next it tells you about the time-tested strategies for upgrading donors so they will (or can be expected to) give larger gifts as time moves forward. There are also sections that explain how to setup and manage a fundraising office, and how to prepare a budget and write a fundraising plan.

The book could have stopped there.
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If you know nothing at all about nonprofit fundraising and would like to learn, this is the book for you. Kim Klein gives a thorough, easy to read explanation of how to raise money from donors. And she does not presume that you have any background or context for this work at all. Very well done!
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This is a must read for any staff member of a small not for profit organization. It's a bit freeky how she knows so much about my group, and then cuts to the chase on how to address the problems identified.
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So much information, it's a bit overwhelming at first. But take your time with the book and read with a pen and paper to write notes. Lots of great ideas will come from your time spent with your nose in this one.
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The book's content is precise, to the point and not repetitive in hard to understand grammer. The context was really reliable for the course I am currently taking. The chapters are not long and drawn out yet the examples the author uses are up-to-date, on point and target. I truly liked this book because it is a great read outside of higher education.
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This book has helped me far beyond that class I needed it for. I would suggest keeping it and putting in a safe spot so you can pull it out at anytime. Even if you have already finished school this book is great to have as a reference.
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Kim Klein is a nationally known expert in the area of fundraising, and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of fundraising in the book. She presents the information in an easy to understand format, and shares her expertise in a motivational manner. I highly recommend this book, even if you have been in fundraising for a number of years.
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