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AFP Golden Gate Webinar: Where Are We Fundraising and Why It Matters
Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 10:00 AM PST
Category: Live Webinar

As we enter 2023, let’s step back from the work of meeting our year-end fundraising goals and remember why we are fundraisers. Of course, we raise money to help accomplish our organizations' missions. But how we raise that money, who we engage in giving and fundraising, and how we think about our donors all contribute to creating communities that are collaborating to achieve our organizations' vision for change. In this webinar, Kim Klein and Stan Yogi, co-authors of the latest edition of Fundraising for Social Change, will share practical tips to ensure that your fundraising is not just a means to an end but part and parcel of your organization's mission

Presenters: Kim Klein and Stan Yogi

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.

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.  

Stan was involved in the movement for Japanese American redress and other Asian American issues, but it wasn’t until the early 1990s when 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. AIDS was ravaging the gay community and very few foundation or government funders, even in progressive San Francisco, supported LGBTQ organizations. 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. 

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