Ken Goldstein, MPPA

Ken Goldstein has been working in nonprofits and local government agencies from Santa Cruz, to Sacramento, and back to Silicon Valley, since 1989. He's been staff, volunteer, board member, executive director, and, since 2003, a consultant to local nonprofit organizations. For more on Ken's background, click here. If you are interested in retaining Ken's services, you may contact him at ken at

Friday, January 26, 2007

Body Bags for Charity

In addition to this nonprofit consulting blog, I also keep a general interest/politics blog (and a guitar playing/collecting blog), and sometimes I have to wonder which blog I'm going to post a certain item to. This is one of those items.

This is one to file under "nonprofit fundraising," but it's also going to my general interest blog, because it's just that odd.

The Los Angeles County Coroner (office of the infamous Thomas Naguchi and inspiration for the classic TV show, Quincy) was facing a fiscal crisis when the County didn't have enough money to fund the Youthful Drunk Driving Visitation Program (YDDVP) - A court ordered alternative sentencing program for youthful offenders, that takes participants through the Coroner facilities and exposes them to the realistic and traumatic consequences associated with their offense.

Their answer? A web site selling body bags, toe-tag key chains, "Undertaker" boxer shorts, and many other less-odd items, each featuring the County Coroner's seal or a chalked body outline design. They'll get a lot of publicity for the store, and - I believe - a lot of sales revenue as well.

I just wish some of the nonprofits I work with could be this creative, original, and off-the-wall with their fundraising efforts.

(Thanks to the Selfish Giving blog for the lead and link.)


  1. Ahem...

  2. Sorry, Pam! I must have missed that in your blog. No slight intended.

  3. My bad Ken, I think it's a great minds think alike thing, and even more than that, weird. I had this personal enounter with the LA Coroner's office sign (in my neighborhood in Lincoln Heights, LA). I thought its glowing red sign flashing in the dusk was some kind of angel of death appearing to me. Bad drugs? LOL Anyway, I couldn't believe it when I saw the place all over the blogosphere. I just did a post about this collective unconscious phenomena, if you have a minute take a peak.