Keeping up with every quality piece of content published by and for fundraisers on the web every day would be a full time job in and of itself. There’s absolutely no way you could read it all.
While there are many very well-known speakers and writers who boast tens of thousands of daily readers and followers, we wanted to highlight some lesser-known hidden gems – as well as some long-established publishers – that may change the way you think about and perform your job.
Here are the top 40 fundraising blogs (in no particular order) you should be reading in 2015:
1. Agents of Good – John Lepp and have set the bar for quality in direct mail, print and design. They write all about how to show love to donors (yes, you can show love with direct mail).
2. John Haydon – John is my go-to for nonprofit Facebook advice and strategies, but you’ll find lots more content on social media, email and digital here as well.
3. The Agitator – Roger Craver and crew’s content is worth paying for. Subscribe. It’s worth it. I’ll reimburse you if you disagree.
4. Ignited Fundraising – Lori L. Jacobwith is a master storyteller who has helped nonprofit organizations raise over $250 million from individual donors. Enough said.
5. Communicated! Consulting – Dennis Fischman will help you win loyal donors through better communication (something we aren’t that great at).
6. Pursuant – Daily posts from The Digital Drip allow Pursuant to offer timely advice to all levels of fundraisers.
7. ThirdSectorLabs – Data doesn’t have to scary. If you’re thinking about a database migration or just need some maintenance tips, check these guys out.
8. Fundraising Success Magazine – FSM features multiple blogs from recurring columnists. Don’t miss articles from Jeffy Jowdy or Larry C Johnson!
9. Joyaux Associates – Not much more can be said about Simone Joyaux, ACFRE beyond the universal praise and admiration the sector has for her. She is the godmother of fund development, board development and strategic planning, and everyone should do whatever she says – all the time.
10. Colludo – Occasionally personal, often irreverent and always poignant thoughts from Sheena Greer and husband Phil will help you not suck. Gratitude, cursing, mugshots – we all need more Twitter friends like Sheena.
11. Future Fundraising Now – Jeff Brooks is to the nonprofit sector what Seth Godin is to the for-profit sector. His posts are short on word count, but long on substance.
12. The Storytelling Nonprofit – Vanessa Chase is one of a handful of experts working hard to help fundraisers become better storytellers. Why should you care about storytelling? Vanessa will tell you.
13. Fundraiser Grrl – For a daily does of laughter, check Fundraiser Grrl’s crowd-sourced collection of gifs. Actually, just set it as your homepage now.
14. Fired-Up Fundraising – Gail Perry, MBA, CFRE offers free articles on her blog in addition to a paid Insiders program with content from dozens of nonprofit pros.
15. ChangeFundraising.com – Simon Scriver’s blog cuts through the crap and tells it like it is.
16. Bloomerang – Forgive us for the shameless plug, but we’re proud of the content here.
17. Nonprofit Hub – NPHub maintains a full-time staff of editors and writers, supercharged by outside expert contributors. They even have a print magazine that they’ll send to your physical mailbox for free!
18. npENGAGE – This labor of love brought to you by Blackbaud is glutted with blog posts, webinars, benchmark reports and eBooks.
19. Nonprofit Marketing Guide – Kivi Leroux Miller is my go-to for social media, email and content advice for nonprofits. She wrote the book on content marketing for nonprofits.
20. Huffington Post Impact – In addition to high-profile op-eds, this slice of HuffPo often publishes watchdog content, new data and sector news not found anywhere else.
21. Nonprofit With Balls – As the title suggests, this blog doesn’t shy away from bold opinions and edgy ideas.
22. Getting Attention – Nancy Schwartz wants to help you become a better marketer, and maintains one of the most robust nonprofit marketing/communications job boards on the web.
23. Hands-On Fundraising, LLC – I love that Mary Cahalane is all about gratitude, and she backs up her advice with real life examples from organizations who get it right.
24. The Fundraising Authority – Joe Garecht is just a down-to-earth, no-nonsense kind of guy who knows what it’s like to be a fundraiser. He’s the kind of guy who thoughtfully engages his readers in the comments section, even the ones who disagree with him.
25. Ahern Communications – Tom Ahern is the leading expert on donor communications, focusing on donor-centricity. His is the #1 newsletter you should subscribe to on the web. Period.
26. Clairification – Don’t miss Claire Axelrad’s weekly round-up – Charity Click-It- for the best mix of fundraising advice you may have missed.
27. Fundraising Effectiveness Project – They haven’t started blogging yet, but this brand new website from FEP is one to watch.
28. Donor Dreams – Erik Anderson is just a super smart, funny and all-around nice person.
29. Wild Woman Fundraising – Author of several books on fundraising and social media, it’s no wonder that Mazarine Treyz is a sought-after speaker and webinar presenter. Her newsletter always delights, especially when it contains the occasional Quentin Tarantino or Harry Potter reference.
30. Nonprofit.About.com – Joanne Fritz owns this corner of About.com with practical advice on a variety of topics.
31. GuideStar – Everyone knows GuideStar as a directory of nonprofit data, but their blog is all about helping nonprofit professionals and their supporters become more effective and efficient.
32. Know Your Own Bone – Museum and cultural center fundraisers need to know Colleen Dilenschneider.
33. re: charity – By day, Brady Josephson hustles for Chimp, but still finds time to publish his thoughts on leadership, management and fundraising here (when he isn’t writing for The Huffington Post).
34. 101 fundraising – This “crowdblog” brings together numerous well-known experts and practitioners, including Ken Burnett, , Tom Ahern and Rory Green. The heated discussions in the comments section are a can’t-miss!
35. The Fundraising Coach – Marc Pitman is all about helping you (and your co-workers and your board) get over the fear of asking for money.
36. A Direct Solution – Erica Waasdorp literally wrote the book on monthly giving. She blogs about direct marketing and fundraising here.
37. CauseVox – CauseVox should be your go-to source for all things peer-to-peer and crowdfunding.
38. Simple Development Systems – Pamela Grow’s blog has too many awards to list here, and the pace at which she publishes amazing free advice is almost worrisome.
39. AFP Blog: Recent News of Note – The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Resource Center gathers industry news and curates only the finest content from many of the blogs on this list.
40. Big Duck – Farra Trompeter has assembled a dream team who take a special focus on brandraising, campaigns, and training,
If you haven’t already, bookmark these blogs, subscribe via email or RSS and follow the authors on social media. You’ll be glad you did.
Who did I miss? Who are you reading (or writing!) that should be on the list? Let me know in the comments below!
** update ** I missed so many that I shouldn’t have – the PND blog, Plymouth University’s Critical Fundraising, the incomparable Sandy Rees, my circle city friend Jeremy Hatch, Beth Ann Locke aka FundraiserBeth, Derrick Feldmann and team over at Achieve, and Mark Phillips’ blog queer ideas. Please keep commenting!