There is a multitude of fundraising websites and blogs that contain what might seem like an overload of information. How do you know which ones have the tips and tricks that will actually work? Luckily, the research has been done for you! Here are the top 10 fundraising blogs out there:
1. Nonprofit Marketing Guide
Kivi Leroux Miller, author, trainer, and adviser to nonprofit marketing and fundraising professionals, runs the Nonprofit Communications Blog for Nonprofit Marketing Guide.
Kivi has worked in a wide array of positions connected to the nonprofit sector, spending time as a board member, grantmaker, writer, and entrepreneur. Kivi’s blog offers tips on how to “Become a Fundraising Genius” and ways to customize donor communication.
Kivi’s blog also:
- links readers to other useful nonprofit marketing blogs that she follows,
- provides information about content marketing and online marketing, and
- gives visitors links to her books, The Nonprofit Marketing Guide and Content Marketing for Nonprofits
Furthermore, her blog offers visitors the option to sign up for her weekly newsletter or to have her daily blog posts emailed directly to them. Kivi’s friendly and professional tone throughout her blogposts creates a welcoming space for readers who want to learn more about fundraising.
2. John Haydon
John Haydon is the author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies and has spoken at countless social media conferences including the New Media Expo and the Nonprofit Technology Conference. He also regularly writes for the Huffington Post and and the Social Media Examiner.
Visitors to his website can read about topics ranging from:
- online fundraising,
- content marketing,
- Facebook marketing, and
- social media strategies for raising money.
John’s easily maneuverable blog allows readers to book him for events and coaching seminars or to sign up for his online classes. The blogposts themselves feature:
- informative videos, one of which highlights 6 Twitter tactics to use for busy nonprofits, and
- articles featuring tips for donor retention through social media
By combining an easily navigable layout with truly helpful information, John Haydon’s blog is a goldmine of fundraising, marketing, and social media tips.
3. JC Social Marketing
Julia Claire Campbell is the host blogger at JCSM, and like John Haydon, gives visitors to her site a buffet of resources.
Not only does she offer custom webinars and consultations to nonprofits, she also runs the #501Social Blog, which serves up articles in easily accessible columns, Pinterest style. Her blog features information ranging from ways to give back during holiday shopping to nonprofit crisis communication.
She also provides readers with ways to use social media to raise funds for nonprofits. Under her resources tab, Julia offers visitors to her site a free e-book entitled The Ultimate Nonprofit Guide to Creating Social Media Graphics.
Julia’s blog incorporates the familiarity of a popular site like Pinterest with the educational content that nonprofits need to make fundraising easier.
4. Wild Woman Fundraising
Mazarine Treyz’s uniquely titled website gives readers over 200 different articles related to fundraising. Mazarine hosts regular webinars and e-courses and speaks to members of nonprofit organizations about how to improve their fundraising capabilities.
Under her “Fundraising 101” tag, Mazarine has an abundance of articles instructing readers on:
- how to connect with older donors,
- principles of a great fundraising plan, and
- ways to obtain more donors
Mazarine’s tone throughout her blog is informal, sometimes featuring personal (albeit, related to fundraising) posts, but it makes her tips and strategies that much more accessible to visitors to her website.
5. Triple Pundit
Nick Aster, founder and publisher of Triple Pundit, along with his writing team of journalists and social media experts, manages Triple Pundit’s blog, serving up articles centered around their philosophy of the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.
With nearly 500,000 monthly readers, Triple Pundit has become one of the leading blogs for ethical, sustainable, and profitable business tactics, including fundraising ideas.
Much like the aforementioned blogs, Triple Pundit extends its visitors the chance to enroll in webinars, but also features Twitter Chats as part of its engagement with users. Triple Pundit’s featured authors contribute articles on fundraising that range from social media fundraising to a discussion about the future of crowdsourcing.
Triple Pundit also keeps readers up to date on events and special series it sponsors and hosts and even offers discount codes to users who wish to attend certain conferences. Additionally, visitors to the blog can sign up for daily emails featuring the top headlines and can follow Triple Pundit on Facebook and Twitter.
Crowdfunding is hot! With tens of billions of dollars flowing through crowdfunding platforms for nonprofits and individuals it’s one of the fastest growing forms of fundraising.
If your nonprofit is considering a Kickstarter or Indiegogo fundraiser where you launch a product to raise funds, you’ll want to make sure you can fulfill on your promises. Floship is the leading provider of helping nonprofits and businesses with international commerce that often results from a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Floship’s blog features top tips on for nonprofits and individuals to manage the many unknowns that come with fulfilling the prizes and rewards offered during a crowdfunding campaign.
7. Top Nonprofits
Founded by Craig Van Korlaar, Top Nonprofits is a public space dedicated to helping readers learn from the best nonprofit experts, organizations, and leaders. In addition to the multitude of free resources available on the site, Top Nonprofits also offers consulting and reporting services.
Like the other blogs, Top Nonprofits publishes articles relevant to fundraising; however, they also provide:
- a list of the top 20 books about fundraising and
- a directory of what they deem to be the best 150 nonprofit blogs
Under their fundraising tag, readers can find articles about how corporate giving can better motivate employee performance and how to effectively research fundraising strategies. Also, Top Nonprofits gives visitors to its site ways to connect and learn more through Facebook, Twitter, and GooglePlus.
Brady Josephson, the founder, initially created the blog re: charity to discuss issues and share ideas to improve the nonprofit industry. Since then, re: charity has become a valuable resource for nonprofits, addressing topics like nonprofit leadership, management, fundraising, and overall strategy.
Along with fundraising advice, re: charity offers articles on “nextgen philanthropy,” which covers strategies for nonprofits to connect with millennials.
He also writes content on the following topics:
In addition to his blog, Brady founded the fundraising and strategy agency, Shift Charity, to work one-on-one with organizations to implement new fundraising strategies.
Claire Axelrad’s website was recently awarded the title of Best Fundraising Blog by Fundraising Success, and a quick visit to her site will show that she lives up to the title. With her 30 years of senior management, Claire is able to help various nonprofits raise millions of dollars for their causes.
Claire’s writings have appeared in:
- Content Marketing Examiner,
- Fundraising Success Magazine, and
- Maximize Social Business
Claire offers a variety of services, each tailored differently to suit her clients’ needs:
- Executive and Career Coaching,
- Projects, and
- Training and Speaking Events
Clairification also illuminates Claire’s “Hour of Power,” a unique approach to brainstorming fundraising ideas through a quick, cut to the chase phone call with Claire.
Her blog features articles that help readers find out secrets to getting a major donor meeting or how to get (and sustain) major gifts. Claire also gives visitors to her site a chance to sign up for updates on new posts as well as a free e-book.
10. Third Sector Today
A woman-owned business, Third Sector Today is a sharing community for nonprofits of all sizes. Their mission is to provide a space for nonprofit professionals to share inspiration and insight with each other. Their readership includes executive directors, IT professionals, board members, directors of development, and young nonprofit professionals who want to learn more about the nonprofit world.
Third Sector Today features:
Their “Great Fundraising Ideas” tag reveals a diverse selection of articles with topics ranging from fashion and philanthropy to ways to thank donors online. Visitors to the website can also learn about technology, social media, and sustainability.
11. Social Media for Nonprofits
Although Social Media for Nonprofits may be best known for hosting conferences that teach nonprofit organizations how to utilize social media for raising awareness, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and advocacy, their blog allows readers to glean helpful tips without ever leaving the office.
Social Media for Nonprofits’ blog features:
- articles about activating volunteers through social media and ways to help your nonprofit go mobile,
- TweetChat recaps just in case you missed the discussion, and
- free webinars every second Wednesday.
Social Media for Nonprofits focuses on giving nonprofit professionals practicable advice and tips for fundraising, advocacy, and marketing by hosting conferences, offering webinars, and posting regular articles to their blog.
Each of these websites offers its readers something a bit different. Whether you’re looking for easy to access, informal tips on fundraising or you want to delve in a little deeper and sign up for a webinar or e-course, these 10 blogs can give you what you need to help your fundraising go more smoothly.