Philanthropy Success

Karin L. Cox, MFA – Editor July 2018
Year after year, Kinetic clients continue to renew their contracts for professional fundraising counsel with Kinetic. They do so, because they experience, firsthand, the financial and organizational benefits of working with Kinetic: “The Kinetic team provides invaluable campaign consultation. The staff is always quick to respond and assist. I’ve grown professionally while working with Kinetic. I’d highly recommend it for fundraising expertise.” Debbie Bass, MPA, CFRE, Vice President of Development, National WWI Museum and Memorial.

If your organization is ready to raise to more money, contact Kinetic at

image Northern Virginia Education Foundation Receives a $100,000 Grant

Loudoun Education Foundation (Ashburn, Va.) was gifted a $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. This grant is designated for Loudoun County Public Schools’ after-school and summer enrichment programs. The money will go toward supporting the Edge3-Level Up program which features STEM curriculum. The Loudoun Education Foundation has extended its contract with Kinetic to assist the nonprofit in raising major gifts for its mission.

image Transforming Education in Kansas

Fundamental Learning Center (Wichita, Kan.) recently organized “A Walk in Their Shoes” – an event that gives participants a firsthand experience of the challenges of living with dyslexia. The initiative was focused on helping parents and educators understand what it is like to be learning-different, especially in the area of language processing. Participants at “A Walk in Their Shoes” go through six to eight activities aimed at simulating reading and writing challenges similar to how a dyslexic person may experience them. Kinetic is support the organization in its $20 million capital campaign: Transforming Education.

image Missouri’s Wonders of Wildlife Voted Best Aquarium in America

Wonders of Wildlife (Springfield, Mo.) was recently named America’s Best Aquarium by USA TODAY’s travel website. Now, Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium has opened a new experience that allows visitors to swim with the sharks in its Out to Sea Shark Dive. Donning a wetsuit and air helmet, visitors can enjoy an up-close view from the safety of a submerged cage. Kinetic is supporting Wonders of Wildlife’s efforts to increase philanthropy for the organization’s work in conservation.

image Economic and Environmentally Sound Public Light-Rail for North Carolina Counties

GoTransit Partners (Research Triangle Park, N.C.) was established to further the authorized purposes of GoTriangle: to operate and maintain a safe, clean, reliable, adequate, convenient, energy-efficient and economically and environmentally sound public transportation system. With assistance from Kinetic, the nonprofit is seeking support from foundations and individuals to fund private dollars towards a light-rail system for the authority’s service area. The goal is to improve the public’s access to the economic, educational, cultural, social and medical opportunities in the region.

image Arkansas Nonprofit Extends Its Contract with Kinetic

The Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center (Bentonville, Ark.)  held a ceremony in June to announce the projected completion of the first early childhood program in the nation designed and constructed with an emphasis on a toxic-free environment. The building’s construction is using only the safest materials. The new center will expand the Early Childhood Initiative Center, which represents an opportunity to collaborate with at least 400 centers in Benton and Washington Counties. The Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center has extended its fundraising contract with Kinetic.

image Book of the Month

Getting Your Ducks in a Row! Proven Strategies for Exceeding Your Capital, Endowment and Operating Campaign Goals (ASR Media) brings together authors and resources, providing a toolbox of strategies for campaign fundraising. Go here to order the book.

image Ask Kinetic!

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QUESTION: We seem to have hit a fundraising plateau as a nonprofit. Any ideas to help us do things differently and better?

More and more, nonprofits are starting to view major gift fundraising and long-term strategies, such as estate pledges, as necessary and beneficial programs to implement. These are no longer just strategies for larger and more well-established organizations. If these aren’t part of your fundraising repertoire, consider seeking out help to get started or dial up your major gift and estate pledge programs.

image Strategies for Success: The Team You Want in Your Corner

For more than three decades, Kinetic has served over 6,000 clients, helping them raise over $231 billion… and counting. Our consultants have worked with large and small organizations with missions related to the arts, education, social services, healthcare, recreation, religion, youth services, environmental issues and others in the States and abroad. In short, we know what we’re doing, and we have a track record to prove it, but you don’t have to take my word for it … Go here to read more.

image Get to Know the Kinetic Team

Vice President of Grant Writing and Research, Wayne A. Courtois, MFA, GPC, has had over 20 years of successful grants experience. With a career that began in healthcare and expanded into human services and the arts, Wayne has worked with such prestigious organizations as Kansas City Hospice, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Village Shalom.

Wayne has worked on six capital campaigns, raising funds from national and regional grant makers like the Kresge Foundation and The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. On the federal side, he has obtained grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Wayne provides nonprofits with a full complement of grant services, including prospect research, grant development, and grant proposal writing and reporting. Wayne is the founder of the Arts and Culture Roundtable of Kansas City, an information clearinghouse for development professionals in the arts. He received a Bachelor in Liberal Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, and is Grant Professional Certified (GPC) by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.

image Kinetic’s Growing Philanthropy Tour

Kinetic Fundraising, Inc. speakers are members of the Kinetic team of professional fundraising consultants who have, in their collective careers, raised more than $231 billion in their 300-plus years of experience. To schedule a Kinetic consultant to speak at your conference or organization, email Tammy at

San Francisco
August 17, 2018

2018 Berkeley Summer School in Environmental and Energy Economics
Field Experiments in Environmental and Resources Economics
John List

Clayton, Australia
August 23-31, 2018
Monash University
John List

September 11, 2018

2018 University of Chicago
Science of Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Conference
John List

September 19-20, 2018
Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference 2018
John List

Kansas City
September 26-29, 2018
American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting
Donor-Focused Fundraising: Letting Research Guide Your Organization’s Philanthropy
Matthew J. Beem
Debbie Bass, National WWI Museum and Memorial

Boston, Mass.
October 5-6, 2018
Boston University
Advances with Field Experiments
John List

Basel, Switzerland
October 16-18, 2018
University of Basel
8th Bernoulli Lecture for the Behavioral Sciences
John List

February 7-8, 2019

LSE Annual Behavioural Public Policy Lecture
Grantham Centre
John List

Past stops on the tour

image Looking for a Rewarding Career?Kinetic Fundraising, Inc. expects to attract at least one hundred new fundraising managers over the next 36 months. Onsite fundraising managers will be deployed to projects throughout the United States and eventually in Europe, Australia, Canada, Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Kinetic is beginning the process of attracting those interested in joining the world’s largest fundraising consulting practice. Placements will support fundraising for visual and performing arts, education, youth development, safety net, healthcare and international engagement organizations. If you are interested in learning more, contact Danny Kohrs, Vice President of Operations at

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