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National fundraising expert Kim Klein shares her expertise in four Montana communities

National fundraising expert Kim Klein
shares her expertise in four Montana communities 

The most successful fundraisers know fundraising doesn't start with asking for money. It starts with understanding how fundraising and philanthropy work and what must be in place for an organization to successfully ask for money.


Fundraising for Social Change
April 28 - Billings - Hilton Garden Inn
April 29 - Helena - Colonial Red Lion Hotel

May 2 - Kalispell - Fun Beverage Community Center
9:00am - 3:30pm, lunch included

Individuals account for almost 85% of all money given to nonprofits from non-government sources. Clearly, building a broad base of individual donors is the best way to insure stability, allow growth, and guarantee independence. And the best way to raise money from people who give it away is to ask for it. 

Fundraising is time consuming and can be wearisome, but not having money is even more so. When organizations build fundraising into the rest of their work, they will experience the joy of having donors who love them, of having reliable income streams, and of being able, with the same amount of work year after year, to raise more money.  If board members and staff attend together, your results will increase exponentially. 

Topics include: 

  • How to take the scare out of the ask  
  • Deciding which strategies are best for your efforts                          
  • Best practices in implementing the strategies        
  • How to evaluate the success of your fundraising 
  • Ease in keeping track of your donor base

Creating an Upgrading Team:
Taking your organization’s fund development efforts to the next level

Thursday, May 1 – Doubletree Hilton Missoula Edgewater
9:00am - 3:30pm, lunch included

Thousands of dollars are left “on the table” because an organization does not have the people power to ask those donors for more money.  More paid staff is not the answer.  The solution is a strong volunteer/board team trained to do personal asking and working toward a goal.  Many otherwise solid fundraising programs run aground on their inability to create and implement systems for asking donors to consider larger gifts.  A development director or executive director can work with the top tier of major donors and the program can be set up to deal with long time smaller donors.  But what about all those people who give between $100-$2500?  

In this workshop, Kim Klein will help us explore how upgrading works and how to find and maintain the volunteer team who will do the asking and actually learn to enjoy it.  This workshop is designed for organizations that have a donor base but don’t have a lot of development staff.  The training will be most effective if staff and board attend together.

Early bird rate of $95 for MNA members for all workshops ends Monday



Kim Klein is an internationally known speaker and author, and is well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down to earth and humorous way.  Her knowledge is based on experience.  She has lived and worked in big cities and rural communities, and has served as staff, board member and volunteer for a variety of organizations over the past 35 years.

Kim is the author of five books including Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times which won the McAdam Book Award in 2010.  Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its sixth edition, is widely used in the field and in university degree programs.  She also wrote Fundraising for the Long Haul, Ask and You Shall Receive, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis


MNA Member Rate $95 by April 21; $105 after 4/21
Nonmember $175 and $185 respectively.

To REGISTER click on the links below:

April 28 - Billings
Fundraising for Social Change
April 29 - Helena
Fundraising for Social Change
May 1 - Missoula
Creating an Upgrading Team
May 2 - Kalispell
Fundraising for Social Change

Earlier Event: April 22
Native Business Opportunity Day
Later Event: May 6
MEDA Conference
You think you’re just a drop in the ocean...but look at the ripple effect one drop can make!
— Anonymous