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.
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.
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.
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.