Fundraising 101 & Raising Money

The current issue of catapult magazine is focused on the theme Raising Money. Included in this issue is a piece I wrote entitled Fundraising 101 Fundraising is tough work and overwhelms many organizational leaders. I’ve been focusing on developing fundraising support systems to help people survive and succeed while maintaining sanity. Please contact me to explore ways in which I can help you meet the challenges of raising needed financial support.

You’re not getting there without some help…

“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody — a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony, or a few nuns — bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” Thurgood Marshall (born on this day in 1908)

Honest and insightful words from the former Supreme Court Justice. At times I thought of my Dad as the proverbial “self-made man.” He made his way through family dysfunction, dropping out of school and numerous other challenges to become a successful business leader. It seemed there were more forces working against him than for him. But there were people who helped, supported, taught and encouraged him. Similarally I have had my share of challenges along the way. But there has always been a person, or a number of people, going before me, alongside me or behind me. The right support makes all the difference.

Do you have the support you need for this stage of your journey? If not let’s connect, I’d like to help.


A week (sort of) off the grid.

This past week was Cousin’s Camp with our three oldest grand kids. We changed it up this year by spending most of the week at Fort Casey State Park. Camping provided a great way to be away and differently focused.

While I could make some show of how noble I am to give up the week for family, I need to admit I was still connected. I got a way for a meeting, answered texts, emails and voice messages. I did limit my communications to the phone and tried to respond by letting people know I’d get back them next week. All this to say that being self-employed pushes the need to be connected. Hopefully I’m setting some reasonable boundaries.

Now I’m back and ready to help you make the most of your life plans, hopes and dreams this summer. Let’s connect!






I am writing this the first day of summer. The calendar confirms it, the weather could leave me a bit confused. I have lived in the northwest long enough to have low weather expectations at any time, especially the beginning of the summer. Next week I will be taking a bit of a break with Connie and our three oldest grand-kids for our annual Cousin’s Camp.

In good contemporary American fashion I’ll still be doing some work. “What kind of work?” you may be wondering. Phone calls and a few meetings as well as scheduling meetings for July. Yep, it’s time to lock in those times so we can meet and make progress toward fulfilling your life goals.

Message me (360.224.4974), email me ( or call (same #) and we’ll make things happen in July.

More from Montana

Drove, with Adrian, from Missoula to Dillon this am where we gave a brief update on UKirk collegiate ministry potential for Montana at the Yellowstone Presbytery. Followed up with a lunch gathering for those interested in further exploration of the opportunities. After lunch we hit the road and are now in Bozeman for the night. Keep meeting great people, people who care about college students and people with connections to my friends in Bellingham. Also, great to have time with Adrian exploring future collegiate ministry possibilities and innumerable other random subjects.



Memories, an anniversary, a look forward and some thanks

Some day, in the next week or so, will mark the anniversary of my first trip to Bellingham.

In June of 1973 I drove my ’62 Bug north from my home in Oregon. I got off “5” at Lakeway and headed east to be a camp counselor at Firwood on Lake Whatcom.

In “73 Bellingham was much smaller, gas hit the unbelievable price of thirty-nine nine, we hung out at Herfy’s on weekends, listened to 8 tracks in our cars, the Oakland A’s ruled baseball, the Viet Nam War was nearing an end and Nixon’s presidency was in a free-fall.

Connie and I were married in 1974 and we spent the summers of  ’76, ’77, ’78 and ’79 in Bellingham, finally moving to here full-time in October of ’79. Within a few years we had two sons, Michael and Kyle. I did work stints at the Firs, Birchwood Presbyterian and the INN.  All three were unique, but each provided me with opportunities to build deep relationships and while going forward in life and faith. Connie has been at Bethany Christian Services for almost twenty years.

We became active in schools while the boys were growing up and I was involved in a variety of community activities including prevention of child abuse and caring for those need of community support. We now have four grandkids and enjoy the sense sharing life with our extended family.

Situations and relationships have shifted over the years. It is tough to think of the past forty years and the family members and friends who are no longer with us.

It’s now almost two years since I started Jim Schmotzer and Associates. My hope was to build upon my experiences and relationships in helping individuals and organizations.

Starting a business has been a challenge. It has involved hard work, things I am not skilled at and some things I don’t like doing. But it is worth it. I have been able to work closely with a number of individuals helping them with decisions and direction as they go forward in life. I have worked with organizations helping them to make progress in areas I’m passionate about, including internships, program development, leadership support and organizational transitions.

My goal is to go forward being a support to people and organizations in times of critical decisions and dynamic progress. I’ve been fortunate that many have supported me along the way. Old and new friends have helped make this new adventure a great adventure. Thanks to all who have helped me get this far and look forward to what is ahead.







The truth, the bold truth

What do I offer as a Life Coach? I can help you. I can help you in direct, life changing ways. I can help you:

  • get unstuck
  • find yourself
  • make peace with yourself
  • be yourself
  • face your fears
  • make a decision, own it and follow-through
  • face your fears
  • discover a next step
  • take the next step
  • change
  • become
  • live
  • understand where you have come from to guide where you are going
  • find freedom from being controlled by others expectations
  • set realistic, but forward directed goals
  • discover the difference between what your are “supposed” to believe and what you actually believe
  • become more secure in being you,and more open to the risks of being you

The reason I can say this is that it is what others have told me. It is why they sought my help and returned for it again. Check out these comments from people I have worked with:

I love helping others become more themselves and live forward with hope and purpose. I’m open for the meetings if you’re open for the change. Let’s connect and make something happen.






Comming your way…Seattle (Shoreline-Edmonds area)

I’ll be in the Shoreline/Edmonds area on Tuesday June 4th. Send me an email ( or call/text me (360.224.4974) if you’d like to arrange a meeting for Life Coaching or Leadership Mentoring. I currently have openings at 4 and 5 pm, possibly 6. My commitment is to help you better understand yourself and then go forward with greater purpose and confidence. Don’t pass up this opportunity.

Is it decision making time? I’d like to help.

When I began to consider pursuing professional ministry, seminary and potentially ordination, Jim was naturally the first person I turned to for guidance. After serving with and being taught by him for several years as a college student, I knew his wisdom and experience would be indispensable to me. He has not only helped me to determine the next steps in discerning my path and opened my eyes to new opportunities, but has encouraged me by pointing out strengths I didn’t know I had and reminding me that leadership comes in a variety of forms. He is unrivaled in his ability to guide and support individuals from all walks of life; I have hardly heard of anyone walking away from a chat with Jim over coffee without a renewed sense of their own worth and direction.


     Jenni Herold, Bellingham, WA


Helping with decision making, goal clarification and transitions are things I greatly enjoy. Please contact me if you are at a point of significant life choices. Making the best decision is always worth the extra time and effort.