The Bloomies are our award for outstanding donor communications in the nonprofit sector. Each week, we’ll feature a newsletter, email, direct mail piece, acknowledgement, solicitation or social media post that caught our eye.

Nominated by: Tom Ahern

Tell us about the fundraiser and/or organization you are nominating:

Tad Ames, President and CEO, Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC).

Berkshire Natural Resources Council is a non-profit land conservation organization working throughout the Berkshires in Massachusetts to preserve threatened lands. The Council places special emphasis on protecting Berkshire’s farms, forests, streams, and ridgelines – the great landscape features that give us clean water, fresh air, local produce, healthy wildlife, and outstanding recreational opportunities.


Tell us about the piece you are nominating:

Our first repeat honoree, for a communications program that is so good on many levels.

You can view the full packet (envelope, newsletter, reply device) here >>

Why do you think they are deserving of a Bloomie?

It’s brilliantly on target all the way through. Look at the sales copy on the reply device. Look at the timely photo on the envelope of a blooming wild orchid. The communications of this small organization in the hills of western MA is beating the pants off much bigger charities. The only other people who work at this level I know are terrific agencies like Agents of Good.

Of course, no surprise to me: the editor, Tad Ames, spent years as a newspaperman and is a Yale graduate. He got donor-centricity about as fast as I could get it out of my mouth. And he writes like an angel.

The wooded Berkshire hillsides whisper BNRC’s praises, as do the wildlife thriving there, as do the human eyes that soak up its beauty, as do the natives and the rich vacationers and retirees and the farmers and the chambers of commerce and the enlightened realtors and the resident attractions like the Norman Rockwell Museum who know that BNRC’s vision … of an uninterrupted trail system that crosses hundreds of Berkshire miles and ridges … will forever protect the natural look and feel and health of this special place.


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Kristen Salmon

Kristen Salmon

Product Manager at Bloomerang
Kristen Salmon is a Product Manager at Bloomerang. Kristen holds a Master of Public Affairs degree with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Policy Analysis from Indiana University Bloomington and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. She also worked for two years as a Research Assistant in grad school on the multi-year Indiana Nonprofits: Scope and Community Dimensions project.