RootSource Values & Vision

                                            Our organizational values are:                                                   Passion, Commitment, Integrity, and Responsibility.

We apply all these values to our work in growing your organization and its programs, because our vision is to develop healthy, financially stable nonprofits that can concentrate all of their resources on implementing programs and services that help communities and clients flourish.

Kim Alaine Rathman, Ph.D.

Kim Alaine Rathman, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, organizational development and strategic planning, and has worked with a large number of academic and nonprofit organizations including:

  The Bronx Association of Food Pantries                                   California State University, Los Angeles                                   Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters                                               Florence Crittenton Center, Los Angeles                                         The Food & Hunger Hotline, New York                                           Foothill Unity Center, Los Angeles                                               Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership                                                             Kidspace Children's Museum                                                            Los Angeles City College Foundation                                                   Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles                                                 New York City Coalition Against Hunger                                               Project Open Hand, San Francisco                                                     St. Vincent de Paul, Councils of Los Angeles & Orange County

Dr. Rathman has a doctorate in Ethics and Public Policy from the cooperative program between the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and an honors diploma in International Law and Policy from the University of Vienna, Austria. She also has taught numerous seminars and workshops in Community Organizing, Nonprofit Administration and Fundraising, as well as academic classes in Economic Ethics, Ethics and Technology, and Ethics and Conflict Resolution.

"Seldom in this life do you find someone who is professional, smart, collaborative, dependable, hard-working, great at what they do and last, but not least, kind. Kim Rathman is one of those people."

                                          Hal Bastian, "Mr. Downtown"                                                 Hal Bastian, Inc., Downtown Revitalization Consulting   


"As the Development Director for several successful nonprofit organizations, Dr. Kim Rathman has carried out her fund development responsibilities effectively by planning and implementing a comprehensive array of fundraising strategies that include: the creation of brochures, newsletters and websites; grantwriting for government, foundation and corporate funding; individual donor cultivation through direct mail and major gift solicitation; and the production of large special events. In particular, I am very aware of her capabilities in organizing special events as we have worked together on numerous large and successful fundraising events. Finally, in working with Dr. Rathman, she has a very mature and professional management style, and her coworkers speak highly of her ability to stimulate effort and promote enthusiasm in the projects she has overseen."

                                          Laura Thompson, President                                             Your Great Event


"Dr. Kim Rathman has many strengths: she is able to read, interpret, and distill large amounts of information into a comprehensible whole, she delivers projects on or before the due date, she is very organized, she is familiar with all aspects of fundraising and her grant writing skills have been very beneficial to our efforts at the Foundation. We secured three large grants valued at more than $750,000 that she wrote or prepared. Dr. Rathman's experience with nonprofit agencies, institutions of higher education and the ins-and-outs of grant writing have proven invaluable to the LACC Foundation. Moreover, her knowledge, determination, and dedication to the completion of an assignment would make her an excellent addition to any institution."

                                                     Gail Scanlan                                                            Los Angeles City College Foundation


“I have known Dr. Rathman for many years and worked closely with her when she was the Director of Development for the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Rathman has been a very successful development professional for many years and her responsibilities have included planning and implementing fundraising strategies for a wide array of programs and nonprofit organizations. She is highly skilled in all aspects of development, but two of her strengths are particularly noteworthy. Dr. Rathman’s writing skills, and her ability to strategically execute a fundraising program are exceptional. Her ability to write successful proposals for individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies, combined with the ability to write brochures, newsletters and direct mail solicitations is a rare talent. Finally, Dr. Rathman’s organizational skills ensure that her development strategies are effective.”

                                                    Mary Jo Gruca                                                                                       Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations                                   Keck Graduate Institute      


“I have known Dr. Rathman now for more than 15 years, and have worked with her on a number of different architectural restoration and heritage education projects; most prominently the planning and grant writing for the Doheny Manson Restoration Project at Mount St. Mary’s University, and the Rose Bowl Renovation Project in Pasadena. These two projects demonstrated not only her diligence in conducting her own research related to each project, but her great ability to quietly watch and listen during the team’s planning process to comprehend the fundamentals of all the issues at hand. Dr. Rathman also is effective in identifying both problems and solutions, regularly brings special insights to the work, as well as a pleasant experience for the collaborators involved.

                               Peyton Hall, FAIA, Managing Principal                                Historic Resources Group


“I have had the pleasure of working with Kim Rathman on a number of different projects including a huge fundraising event to raise money for a local non profit.  Kim was amazing at bringing new ideas and resources vital to the success of the event. Whatever challenges the Event Committee handed us, Kim always seemed to have invaluable contact names and numbers to get the most cost-effective bids. She helped us find vendors who brought a wealth of talents essential to the successful completion of event. She was extremely organized and was especially adept at keeping us on time and on budget.  Her many management skills in working with staff and volunteers were excellent.”

                                   Suzanne Marks, President & CEO                                     Pasadena Advertising . Marketing.  Design