Small-Town Fundraising Ideas with Patrick Kirby

On today’s show, Rebecca chats with Patrick Kirby, founder of Do Good Better Consulting and author of Fundraise Awesomer: A Practical Guide to Staying Sane While Doing Good.

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Small-Town Fundraising Ideas Episode Summary:

On the show today, Patrick Kirby, founder of Do Good Better Consulting, shares his thoughts on how small-town organizations and nonprofit groups can take a fresh approach to fundraising. We talk about how to make a bigger impact with a simpler approach that’s person-focused and aligned with your values.

Let’s face it: we’re all looking for new ideas to raise money for all the groups we support in our communities and Patrick is just the guy to ask!

About Patrick Kirby

Patrick Kirby is the Founder of Do Good Better Consulting and a believer that “we’ve always done it this way” is the most dangerous phrase in the English language. ​​​​

Patrick has spent over a decade working in nearly every capacity in the nonprofit industry, for organizations of all shapes and sizes, and strives to ‘Do Good Better’ every day. From organizing $10,000 cure walks to $1 million galas, Patrick’s passion lies in creating creative solutions to make fundraising less boring.

He cut his donor relations/fundraising teeth as the Alumni Coordinator at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, MN, before trying his hand as a manufacturing sales rep to companies such as Target and Best Buy. Tired of being yelled at for uncontrollable international shipping issues in both English and Chinese, Patrick re-joined the world of nonprofit work as the Sr. Development Director at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation MN/Dakotas Chapter before taking the Chief Development Officer position at the Anne Carlsen Center.

He earned his B.A. in “B.S.” (politics) at Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and is hopelessly addicted to super nerdy Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels and old school SquareSoft ® RPG Nintendo games. Patrick married out of his league to his wife Shannon, has three ridiculously adorable children named Spencer, Preston and Willow, a chunky dog named Grover, and lives in West Fargo, ND.

In this episode, we tackle…

What is “transactional” fundraising?
It’s the same old, same old fundraisers that we tend to lean on because they’re easy and yet, they make far less impact, and in Patrick’s words, we simply trade $20 bills back and forth with our friends and neighbors until our kids graduate. We also talk about a better way.

How do we consistently raise money for our own cause without feeling like we’re competing with all the other groups?
Patrick makes the claim that there is enough money to go around. He even so blatantly says that there is more financial capacity in small towns (hidden money sources) than we even realize. We chat about how to get over the mindset that we’re “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.

Listen to this episode to hear more about:

  • How to address volunteer and organizer burnout
  • How to find the right donors for your organization
  • Why storytelling matters so much in fundraising
  • How to simplify your fundraising
  • Why celebrating generosity is so important
  • Shifting the cultural challenge of donor resentment
  • The most important thing to include in every fundraising event

Connect with Patrick

Patrick’s Website

#DoGoodersNetwork Facebook Group

Patrick’s Instagram