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

Nominated by: Tom Ahern

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Beth Beall, Vida Joven de Mexico

Vida Joven is a safe and loving home in Tijuana, Mexico, for kids who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected.

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Why do you think they are deserving of a Bloomie?

I’m a child sponsor at the orphanage, but I started as merely a communications coach. I first met Vida Joven de México in 2018 because Beth took an online course re: donor newsletters from Moceanic. I’d written the course and, as the instructor, would comment on student work. Her work just blew me away instantly. The warmth, the humanity, the joy, the simplicity and sincerity, the heavy doses of donor-centricity … all from an orphanage in Tijuana … I was gobsmacked. I give to a few charities that are students of mine, if I feel they’re getting it right; to encourage their work. This was WAY better than just “getting it right.” I leapt to give to Vida Joven (“young life”). I just wanted their joy in my life, frankly. I’m not sure I know a charity that is more genuine in its donor love. Hey, and it’s kids. Orphans, for goodness sake. Orphans with good future prospects. What could be better than that? They are a gift to me!

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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.