With more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, Bill Kemp is one of Central Oregon’s most experienced and successful executives. The public is invited to attend a workshop with Kemp on February 4 at the Downtown Bend Library. During the workshop participants will learn about nonprofit fundraising planning and begin developing a comprehensive fundraising strategy.
Kemp will provide tips and tricks for avoiding common pitfalls along the way. The workshop begins at 11am and is free and open to the public.
“Having a plan is critical,” says Kemp. “No fundraising gets done without a plan.”
Kemp says there is a lot of support for nonprofits in Central Oregon. “Individual donors contribute 75 percent of all dollars donated to nonprofits. Having a consistent and systematic approach to keeping donors and reaching out to new donors is important,” he says. A solid fundraising plan is made up of many components and Kemp says that if they all aren’t are working together, fundraising goals and the financial sustainability of an organization is at risk.
During his fundraising career, Kemp has helped to generate more than $35 million in contributions to nine organizations in five states. Locally, he has been heavily involved with both Neighbor Impact and Volunteers in Medicine growing both organizations donor bases and increasing donations. Prior to arriving in Central Oregon, Kemp directed the Oahu YMCA’s $10 million capital campaign. Kemp is also a fundraising instructor at COCC.
For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.