The Oldest Fundraising Firm in the United States Offers Complimentary Editions of New Book to Assist Schools in Development


For Immediate Release
August 12, 2016

Falls Church, Virginia – James D. Klote, President & CEO of Ward, Dreshman & Reinhardt, Inc., (WD&R) announced today the release of the recently published book Development: Back to Basics Fundraising Principles for School Campaigns.

Mr. Klote explains that virtually all schools require more assistance with fundraising today more than ever. “Schools of all types, including independent, charter, elementary, and high schools are facing difficult funding challenges with annual, capital and planned giving efforts. It is because of these challenges that our firm is providing the necessary information to assist these institutions to be more competitive. For this reason, we are offering complimentary copies this new book”, explains Klote. The book is a complimentary download at

Development_BacktoBasics-200x300Development: Back to Basics Fundraising Principles for School Campaigns provides an inside look at the complexities of academic Capital Campaigns provided by the expert in full-time, resident-directed school fundraising consulting. Learn why the WD&R method of conducting a Capital Campaign will result in both higher contributions and increased school spirit. Learn why most school campaigns are hampered in their ability to raise significant funds and why yours doesn’t have to be. This book provides a roadmap on how to achieve success with a trained consultant at your side. If your school is considering a Capital Campaign, this is required reading.

jim2A native of Detroit, Michigan, Jim Klote is the President & CEO of WD&R ( This international firm is the first and oldest Fundraising firm in the United States. The firm specializes in Capital Campaigns for building projects throughout the United States and Canada. In 1995, the Board of Directors of WD&R unanimously elected Jim as the seventh president of the 100 year old firm. In 1999, Jim and the WD&R Board of Directors created James D. Klote & Associates. (JDK&A). The primary focus on the new division was to provide fundraising consulting services to churches and church related institutions. Now in its 17th year, JDK&A was ranked the #1 Stewardship Consulting firm in the United States. Jim is the author of, Stewardship: The Proven Path. (

Jim is an invited speaker across the country at regional and national conferences and conventions, and serves on a number of national boards. In addition to local school and non-profit campaign efforts including churches and church related institutions, Jim has worked in various regional and national fundraising efforts. Jim lives in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife Molly, a physician, and their three children: Philip, Andrew, and Meredith.

With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Toronto, Ontario, WD&R is the first and oldest full-time, on-site fundraising consulting firm in North America. For additional information, please contact the firm at or (888) 830-0533.

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