“If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”
~ Samuel Johnson, English author (1709-1784)
The nonprofit sector has faced significant challenges the past few years, particularly with fundraising. It is my experience, however, that perseverance is key to success. And, like the for-profit sector, nonprofit organizations must remain open to new ideas – not fear them – and explore ways to get more done in more efficient ways.
Based on more than two decades in the nonprofit sector, this blog includes some of the heartwarming experiences I have enjoyed, as well as a few of the challenges. You will find herein old fashioned “tried-and-true” ideas, as well as new ones. I consider myself to be both a traditional fundraising professional, and someone who values innovation.
I maintain three WordPress websites: the one you are viewing now; Fundraising Resources; and my company website. For the sake of continuity, I use the identical template for each. Thanks to WordPress, I continue to receive many kind comments on the design (thank you!).
Since launching on WordPress in fall, 2011, more than 22,000 have visited its pages from more than 200 countries. I am delighted it has been of interest. Some comments received have been captured and posted on SlideShare. You can read them by following this link: Blog Comments. Blogging has become one of my most satisfying pursuits.
The encouragement of NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network has been invaluable in the development of this blog. Without the always helpful NTEN staff, I would never have begun blogging. NTEN continues to help me navigate the ever-changing “tech” world of nonprofit management, fundraising, and communications. Consider joining today!
Recent updates …
I have posted my predictions for nonprofit fundraising for 2013 and beyond: 2013 Advice on Nonprofit Fundraising. The information in the article is critically important. I continue to refer it to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.
- Because I continue to receive questions from across the world about how I set up my WordPress blog (and how I maintain it), I have written an article covering these and related topics. See Blogging in the margin under “Carolyn’s Articles.”
- I have added sidebar links for your reading pleasure. I Like It! includes articles I have recently read that you might also enjoy. In addition, you will find Reports & Guides that I find helpful, and articles about Dealing with Stress & Preparing to Write. I have posted links to job listing services under, Jobs. Last but not least, I have provided links to emergency support organizations and websites under, Emergency Links.
Your comments and questions are welcome. Enjoy the blog, and thank you for visiting!
Carolyn M. Appleton, CFRE
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Final notes …
- Information found in this blog is provided as a public service, free of charge. Each nonprofit is different and operates under unique circumstances ~ please be sure to tailor your fundraising activities accordingly.
- All content has been developed and is managed by me. All rights reserved.
- In this blog, I refer to companies whose services and/or products I have used with some success (for example, Grasshopper, Microsoft, U.S. Trust, and WealthEngine). I am not receiving remuneration from those companies for those endorsements.
- I receive many e-mail messages and questions. I attempt to answer each and every inquiry. Sometimes, the e-mail messages I send back appear to have bounced. I suspect this is because we are communicating across countries. Apologies! Please know I take everyone’s questions very seriously, and I am attempting to respond.
Thanks to BrainyQuote.com for quotation assistance, and Fotolia, The Graphics Fairy, Microsoft Office, People Magazine, Wikimedia, and others for their respective imagery contributions.