Best Nonprofit Resources

July 7, 2021


Agents of Good

Canadian direct response agency, Agents of Good has a terrific blog highlighting some of their best work. Don’t miss the brilliant 26 direct mail ideas you can steal from one pack.

The Agitator Blog

Brought to you by Donor Voice. The latest in using the insights behind your donor’s giving motivations.

Bloomerang

Fundraising CRM, Bloomerang features always good crowdsourced content from the nonprofit sector.

Clairification

Fundraiser Claire Axelrad’s blog always features comprehensive “how-tos” for growing your individual donor base.

Community-Centric Fundraising

Community-Centric Fundraising is a fundraising model grounded in equity and social justice. The blog.

Communicate!

Dennis Fishman’s blog, Communicate!, promises to help you win loyal friends for your nonprofit organization.

TheFundraisingCalendar.com

Download the yearly Fundraising & Marketing Calendar for fundraising inspiration, monthly reminders, and the sector’s best conferences,

Digital Charity Lab

In the cesspool that is digital, there is more bad advice than you can shake a stick at. Jean O’Brien’s Digital Charity Lab is a one-stop resource for small nonprofits who want to know where to put their focus online. I highly recommend that you subscribe to Jean’s enews.

Hands-On Fundraising

Fundraising copywriter Mary Cahalane gets to the heart of donor communications. And she does it in a warm, easily accessible style that is all Mary.

Diane Leonard’s Grantwriter’s Blog

Not only does Diane have a terrific commonsense blog on how to write and systematize your grants program, she also has a number of free resources, and sends out a weekly enews. Highly recommended.

Globetrotting Fundraiser

Ligia Peña, CFRE is the Founder of Globetrotting Fundraiser and legacy giving expert extraordinaire.

Marketing for the Modern Nonprofit

Author and trainer Julia Campbell’s #501Social Blog will help you get more out of your efforts in online fundraising, digital marketing, and social media.

Seth’s Blog

One of the biggest failures in nonprofit fundraising and communication is a lack of understanding of permission-based marketing. Let Seth Godin simplify it for you.

Social Velocity

One of the smartest thought leaders in the fundraising space, you don’t want to miss Nell Edgington’s blog.

The Nonprofit Fixer

Sean Kosofsky at Mind the Gap Consulting has one of the best blogs for nonprofit EDs and development pros, including such gems as The Big List of Sustainer Games for ideas for naming your monthly giving program.

SOFII

When you’re in need of ideas, this “showcase of fundraising inspiration and innovation” is the first place smart fundraisers turn. Simply brilliant. You’ll be doing your mission a favor when you sign up for their weekly enews.

A Direct Solution

Erica Waasdorp is President of A Direct Solution and the author of two of the best books in our sector covering monthly giving. If your organization is serious about monthly giving (and you should be), follow Erica’s blog, check out her amazing free resources, and don’t miss her weekly enews.

Veritus Group

The go-to blog for major gift officers.


Emails

My inbox is overflowing But, in addition to those I’ve mentioned above, these are the emails I never miss.

Desiree Adaway

Desiree offers Equity Audits, training, and facilitation for organizations, as well as her popular classes. Whiteness at Work and Freedom School. Don’t wait for inspiration to take the plunge — sign up for her emails.

Tom Ahern

Yes, your donor communications can raise more money. Subscribe to Tom to discover how.

Blue Sky Philanthropy

If you’re a small nonprofit looking to grow your major gift program, you need to sign up for Emma Lewzey’s wonderful emails (and get her free blueprint for major gift success!).

Fundraising Writing Newsletter

Twice a month fundraising copywriter Julie Cooper sends out an utterly captivating newsletter that never fails to get your thought wheels in motion. Don’t miss it!

Total Anarchy

Writer, digital marketing pioneer, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ann Handley publishes the biweekly Total Anarchy newsletter. If your job involves writing, you need to subscribe. Now.

Really Good Emails

For a curation of the web’s best emails, don’t miss Really Good Emails.

Selfish Giving

Joe Waters is the first one to tell you that he “publishes a wicked good newsletter.” He’s right. For info on corporate/biz partnerships, there is no one finer.

Letters from an American

Heather Cox Richardson is an American historian and professor of history at Boston College. Her daily email, Letters from an American, puts a historical slant on current events and always arrives with full receipts.

The Grow Report

My own email. Since 2008, The Grow Report has delivered a weekly newsletter with a focus on the systems smart nonprofits need to build deeper donor relationships and scale quickly. Discover why subscribers say “Yours is the only newsletter I actually read – thank you!”

Mersky, Jaffee, and Associates

For a solid, thoughtful approach to fundraising, I never miss Abigail Harmon’s weekly emails from Mersky, Jaffee, and Associates.

Train Your Board

Andy Robinson, author of one of my most often recommended books, Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) To Raise Money, also has a wonderful newsletter loaded with wonderful freebies. Simply the best.


Free Webinars & Tools

Fundraising CRM Bloomerang offers some of the best free webinar training for the sector.

MotivateMonday. Every Monday at 1:00 pm EST, you’ll get a 30-minute flash session featuring some of the top thought leaders and trainers in the sector. Past topics have included board training, Facebook advertising, equity and inclusion, how to transform your fundraising, and more.

Online fundraising platform Qgiv features some of the best free fundraising webinars on a variety of topics.

Firespring Solutions for Nonprofits features free webinars on topics such as Breaking the Overhead Myth: Budgeting for an Effective Website, Marketing & Growth

Free downloadables. Do you need to create your organization’s first fundraising plan? Write a new donor email welcome series? Bring your board members “on board” with fundraising? You’ll find a number of free tools and templates (no download required) right here.


Podcasts

The Build Good Podcast

Practical tips and strategies to help nonprofit marketers, fundraisers and leaders like you grow their revenue and impact so they can do more good in the world. With Mike Duersken

The Intersection Hub Podcast

Kimberley McKenzie and Paul Nazareth bring you a podcast that is “unscripted, authentic and unleashed.” The Intersection podcast offers a place for conversations to go deeper.

Amy Porterfield Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast

The nonprofit world is an insular one. Let Amy’s refreshing positivity and up-to-the-minute digital marketing tactics inspire you.


Twitter

Denisa Casement. The Casement Group – International Fundraising Consultant – Global Individual Giving – CFRE(2005-2017) – Fmr Head of FR-Merchants Quay Ireland. Opinionated. Not to mention brilliant.

T. Clay Buck, CFRE. Fundraiser living at the intersection of strategy, data & storytelling | TCB Fundraising dot com

Mary Cahalane. Nonprofit fundraising consultant, Hands-On Fundraising. Writing for donors. Proud F&M grad. She/her

Aimee Vance. Work for a nonprofit? You’re a hero in my eyes. I know how to help you invite remarkable people to support your wonderful work. How can I help?

Wayne Murray. Aspiring human. Founder of Humanity Squared. Charity Strategist. Blade for hire.

Lisa Sargent. International fundraising copywriter helping build a better world. Lifelong learner. Diehard defender of direct mail (and strong coffee). Simply the best.

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Max Harris July 9, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Nice roundup. And remember http://www.happydonors.net for handwritten cards and notes!

Rachel Waterman July 23, 2021 at 7:26 am

Wow! Thanks.

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