There’s an old saying that the more you learn, the more you earn.
It’s true in business and in nonprofit, too.
Those who continually learn or “sharpen the saw” make better decisions, come up with better ideas, and execute their plans better than those who don’t.
The only problem is that there’s SO MUCH information out there. How do you know what to read?
Well, never fear. I’ve compiled a list of the top 12 fundraising blogs you should read if your nonprofit is new, young, or small.
These blogs are written by people I know and trust to bring you good content that works in today’s fast-paced environment.
There’s no fluff here and no theory. Instead, you’ll find practical ideas you can use right away to help you fuel your growing nonprofit.
Most of these blogs have new posts once a week and are easy to read, which keeps them from being overwhelming for small nonprofits.
#501 Social Blog. Written by my friend Julia Campbell, this blog shares tons of online fundraising and social media tips. www.jcsocialmarketing.com/blog
Arroyo Fundraising. Fundraising expert Kathy Kramer Ryan supplies ideas for fundraising that anyone can use. http://www.arroyofundraising.com/blog/
Clairification. Claire Axelrad shares great stuff for small nonprofits, especially around thanking and keeping donors. https://clairification.com/
Communicate! Get Dennis Fischman’s tips and ideas for raising awareness and communicating with your donors. https://dennisfischman.com/
Foundation Group. Compliance isn’t a sexy topic, but you MUST stay on top of it. Thanks to the Greg McRay and his team, you’ll get insight into the accounting, taxes, and legalities of running a nonprofit. www.501c3.org/blog
Funding for Good. My dear friend Mandy Pearce is a wealth of knowledge and shares it all, particularly around grant writing and donor development. Plus, she uses a lot of video to keep it interesting. https://fundingforgood.org/blog/
Fundraising Authority. The guys at Fundraising Authority provide insight and understanding into the basics of fundraising from A to Z. http://www.thefundraisingauthority.com/
Future Fundraising Now. The brilliant Jeff Brooks always has something to make you think on his blog to make sure you’re doing fundraising RIGHT. http://www.futurefundraisingnow.com/
Garecht Fundraising Associates. Joe Garecht always has a way of explaining fundraising concepts to make them easy to understand. You’ll find lots of great fundraising tips and ideas here. https://garecht.com/blog/
Hands on Fundraising. Mary Cahalane writes about fundraising and donor relationships in easy-to-understand language. https://mcahalane.com/blog/
Ignited Fundraising. Lori Jacobwith writes about fundraising, donor relationships, and storytelling (plus tons more!). http://www.ignitedfundraising.com/blog/
John Haydon. You’ll find the latest on fundraising online, social media and email marketing on John’s blog. Www.JohnHaydon.com