As an experienced, certified nonprofit fundraising executive, my mission is to help nonprofit organizations attain their fundraising and public relations goals in the most efficient, thoughtful, and high quality manner possible.
I aim to be both “high tech” and “high touch.” I use new technologies wherever possible to reduce costs, to enhance efficiency, to communicate, and to conduct research. Simultaneously, I use traditional tried-and-true fundraising practices that many would call, “old fashioned.” Virtually all work is done by hand (and secured in “the cloud”).
This website provides information about my professional and volunteer activities. I have been an independent fundraising executive for more than a decade, unaffiliated with other consulting firms and fundraising professionals (sole proprietor). I base my work on many years of experience “in the trenches,” but I also follow the latest trends to keep up-to-date with the times.
Thank you for visiting!
Carolyn M. Appleton, CFRE
- Quick Links -
- EcoRise Youth Innovations, based in Austin, Texas USA. This exciting, innovative, and timely start-up nonprofit founded by Gina LaMotte provides middle and high school curricula and teacher training on sustainable living, and it has begun to take flight. We are working on some of the basics – among them upgrading our GuideStar profile, enhancing the website, developing a broad base of charitable support, and expanding upon our use of cloud-based technologies like Z2′s NEON and Google. EcoRise is being adopted by a growing number of schools in and around Austin, and it is expanding state-wide and nationally. See my Pinterest board for a number of helpful online links. EcoRise is pleased to be part of Center61 (founded by Steve Wanta). Stay tuned!
- Sunflowers symbolize to me hope, strength, resilience and bounty - the nonprofit sector needs each of these to forge ahead and to succeed. This past summer I encountered some lovely fields of sunflowers in North Texas during a road trip, and my Tumblr discusses that happy experience. For my Pinterest board on sunflowers, follow the link. When I launched by blog on WordPress in fall, 2011, I chose sunflowers as my “logo.” Pinterest discusses a few reasons why.
- Bloomerang, “Amplify Your Nonprofit’s Impact with Social Media” (Summer, 2013).
- Bloomerang, “The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Grant Writing and Research” (February, 2014). The title is not mine, but I am honored they chose it for this piece.
- Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog (with links to two GuideStar case studies), “GuideStar: Invaluable Nonprofit Resource” (August, 2013).
- NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network, CHANGE, “Engaging Major Donors with New Media” (December, 2011, article on page 26).
- WealthWorks, “Volunteering & Charitable Giving” (Spring, 2013).
Recent presentation materials and other convenient links:
- Pleased to be notified by SlideShare that my presentations were in the top 5% “most viewed” during 2013.
- Click on the photograph to reach my presentation on SlideShare for the AFP DFW Philanthropy Conference (June, 2013), at the Irving Convention Center.
- For an easily accessible list of skills, kindly follow this link: Carolyn’s Skills.
- Latest post on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog: “Thank You” (February, 2014); and on Fundraising Resources: “Welcome to the New Year” (January, 2014).
- Special note: hearty thanks to Bloomerang for including me in, “6 Expert Fundraising Predictions for 2014″ (January, 2013).