23 (Plus 5!) Fundraising Websites and Blogs Every Fundraiser Should Read

I am often asked by my colleagues, clients and total strangers which blogs I like to read and so I thought I would put together a list of my favourite blogs along with links to their sites. My preference is for blogs that provide good content, comic relief and tips and tricks that I can implement right away.

If you are looking for blogs on cause marketing and sponsorship, you won’t find them on this list! What you will find, however, are some of the sharpest minds in the sector sharing principles that can be applied to every type of fundraising.

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Fundraising Ideas, Insights and Wisdom…Just a Click Away

Take a look at my list below, check out the blogs and leave me your favourites in the comments below!

  1. #fundchat: A Resource for Nonprofit, Fundraising & Marketing Professionals
  2. Agents of Good: Agents of Good is, at its heart, an idea. The idea is that we (you and me) are all Agents of Good. We work tirelessly day after day to make a difference.
  3. What Gives Philanthropy?: What Gives Philanthropy is Maeve’s attempt to link together her many passions – philanthropy, fundraising, digital media, and writing.
  4. Fundraiser Grrl: One grrl’s cheeky observations about life in fundraising.
  5. Colludo: In 2013, Sheena decided she needed to do more to help nonprofits & social entrepreneurs communicate their missions. She started Colludo with the hope of sharing her love of simple, powerful communications, and the desire to have fun while doing good.
  6. Pamela Grow: Nonprofit fundraising solutions for small nonprofits
  7. Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry: We help nonprofits of every size grow their fundraising as fast as possible.
  8. Future Fundraising Now: All the best stuff for fundraising professionals who want to get it right.
  9. Agitator: Nonprofit Fundraising & Marketing Strategies, Trends, Tips…with an edge
  10. Ahern Donor Communications: Tom Ahern is considered one of the world’s top authorities on how to increase revenue through donor communications
  11. Fundraising Coach: Free fundraising articles to help you learn how to ask for money, write effective fundraising letters, and use social media tools like Twitter.
  12. Classy: Best practices, tips & fundraising ideas for nonprofits
  13. Bloomerang: The Bloomerang blog publishes Insights, updates, and articles for nonprofits and fundraising professionals.
  14. npENGAGE: Social Media, Internet Marketing, and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
  15. AFP Toronto Blog: Blog of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter
  16. John Haydon: Helping nonprofits change the world with smarter marketing and fundraising
  17. The Storytelling Non-Profit: The Story Telling Non-Profit is not just a name. It’s a vision and hope for the sector….
  18. Change Fundraising: Helping Good Charities Do Better Fundraising…
  19. Nonprofit With Balls: Gloves off fundraising blog
  20. Passionate Giving Blog: At Veritus Group, we are all about changing the world.
  21. Michael Rosen Says…: Thoughts from the author of “Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing”
  22. Hilborn: Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders
  23. Canadian Charity Law: CanadianCharityLaw.ca is project of the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP (Blumbergs), which is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Blumbergs provides legal services and advice to non-profits and charities that are operating in Canada

Update!

Since publishing this post I have had a flood of comments and suggestions and am pleased to offer these new suggested blog posts!

 

24. Fearless Fundraising: Master the inner game of deeper relationships and bigger gifts with the Fearless Fundraising newsletter
25. Wild Woman Fundraising:  Full service fundraising coach and blog
26. SOFII: Showcase of fundraising innovation and inspiration
27. Clairification: Claire’s approach is a rare blend of experience-based common sense gleaned from 30 years of senior management in the trenches
28. Hands-on Fundraising: Non-profit consultant with a near nerdy interest in individual giving.

I read these blogs every week, sometimes every day but I’m always looking for new blogs to read so if I’m missing something…let me know in the comments!

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Chris Baylis is a sponsorship and corporate fundraising specialist. Chris has managed the entire spectrum of the sponsorship process, raising millions of dollars for charities, associations and not for profits and is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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9 Comments

  • Chris, I’m honored to have my blog included on your list. By compiling your list, you are providing a terrific service to fundraising professionals. With so much information available on the Internet, it’s hard to know where to find truly worthwhile tips and/or inspiration. Your list is a good place for folks start.

    There are a number of other blogs that I read regularly that did not make your list. Here are just two:

    Clairification (http://www.clairification.com/). Claire Axelrad, JD, CFRE provides practical tips that can help any nonprofit organization. She also fearlessly tackles some of the tough issues faced by fundraisers. In addition to her blog posts, she offers a variety of e-books that take a deeper look into various subjects.

    Hands on Fundraising (http://mcahalane.com/blog/). Mary Cahalane is someone who provides solid, practical tips from a donor-centered perspective. In addition to addressing fundraising issues, she also understands the importance of robust stewardship.

    As I’ve said, these are just two of the additional blogs I regularly read. I’m a huge fan of some others as well. But, at least for now, I’ll stop here since I don’t want to be overwhelming.

    Thanks again!

  • I’m back with another website recommendation. This one is not exactly a blogsite. I’m not sure how you would describe it. It’s part blog, part news, part library, part museum. I’m referring to the site for SOFII (Showcase of Fundraising Innovation & Inspiration — http://sofii.org/). This site contains volumes of case studies with actual examples tested in the real world. It’s a great resource for anyone involved in fundraising regardless of experience level.

  • Thanks Michael and Chris. I read most of these blogs (including Mary Cahalane), but you’ve helped me to discover a few new ones. I would be honored to be included in your next list.

    And if you’re looking for one with content plus good comic relief, look no further than Wild Woman Fundraising http://wildwomanfundraising.com/ by the inimitable Mazarine Treyz. She is also fearless and can be counted on to give not just practical tips but also food for thought.

    • Thanks so much for your comment Claire! I really appreciate it!

      If you want to learn about stewardship, major gifts and so much more, read the Clairification.com blog, because Claire is a talented (and funny!) writer!

      🙂 Mazarine

  • Check out http://fearless-fundraising.com. Definitely one of the best fundraising content 🙂

  • Greetings from Asia!
    Just wanted to invite you to check out Asian Insights- one of the only fundraising blogs reporting from Asia 🙂 http://www.ushamenonasia.com/blog

  • It is always great reading through different opinions and blogs about fundraising. Can’t wait to check out these different sites. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jay Werth

    Tom Ahern’s newsletter is a must read. “Love Thy Reader, About Donor Communications.” Pragmatic, a clever writer,and pulls no punches.

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