(My) Top Ten Social Fundraising Blogs

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08.22.2011By

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For the nonprofit professional that’s getting their feet wet in the social (or online) fundraising world, this list can help introduce you to what I consider the best blogs on social media etiquette, philanthropy, and fundraising. Now, that’s not to say there are other great blogs out there . . . I just had to limit it to ten. :)

Some of the things I took into consideration when picking these was their relevancy to social fundraising, their insightful perspectives that I learn from, and their continuous communication with their readers through regular posts and commenting (i.e. they engage us).

So, here’s my list of favorite blogs that I’d recommend to anyone wanting to learn a little more about effective social media and online fundraising.

10. Socialbrite: this group blog features regular posts from experts in the field, including Shonali Burke, Debra Askanase (who’s featured later in the list), and our very own, John Haydon.

9.   Social Media Today: This site features great articles from experts of different backgrounds that could help give you ideas on how to manage your social media strategy.

8.   Frogloop: another group blog, with contributing authors like Allyson Kapin (@WomenWhoTech), you can get great nonprofit social media tips from here.

7.   Frank Barry, NetWitsThinkTank.com: Frank offers his nonprofit readers good insight about cultivating supporters to become donors through social media outreach.

6.   Radian6: When you need tips on how to actually measure your engagement, these guys have good perspectives on installing a metrics system that’ll help you evolve your social media strategy.

5.   Kivi Leroux Miller: Kivi’s got you covered with practical information, like tips to revamping your e-news signup box, to help enhance your social media outreach.

4.   Mashable’s Social Good: Mashable’s the go-to place for everything social media, but when you want a glimpse of what others out there are doing in the social good space, these guys will cover the interesting, out-of-the-box, groundbreaking news you’ll want to know.

3.   Katya Andresen: Author of the best-selling book, “Robin Hood Marketing,” Katya is in my top three because she hones in on the point where social media meets nonprofit outreach and derives all sorts of information that’ll enrich your strategy.

2.   Amy Sample Ward: Amy’s one of the top experts in the field. With her monthly scheduled TweetChat #CommBuild (here’s a transcript to June’s chat), you can learn from others and pitch in ideas about community building.

And the number one spot goes to . . .

1.   Debra Askanase: One of my favorite bloggers (I’m a suck-up, I know) is Debra. She nails it when it comes to

Debra Askanase, @askdebra

developing metrics for your social strategy. It’s not only about the amount of likes, but when you measure the engagement of your audience, you can come up with better content for your supporters and an improved social strategy overall. One of the leading experts in the area, she’s definitely one you want to follow.

Bonus

Beth Kanter and Geoff Livingston are our consultants from Zoetica Media, and John Haydon and Alex Bornkessel are regular contributors to our blog, so by default I didn’t include them in the top ten list, but I would definitely add them to your RSS feeds and Twitter stream!

What other blogs would you recommend?

  • http://www.communityorganizer20.com/ Debra Askanase

    Thanks so much for including my blog in your Top Ten List. I also appreciate your kind words. All of the blogs listed offer such great content and resources in their own right, and I’m honored to be included among them. I think we are merely “ten amongst many” fabulous blogs out there.

    • http://vizify.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      It’s our pleasure to have you on the list. You offer such great information, so thanks! .)

  • http://www.communityorganizer20.com/ Debra Askanase

    Thanks so much for including my blog in your Top Ten List. I also appreciate your kind words. All of the blogs listed offer such great content and resources in their own right, and I’m honored to be included among them. I think we are merely “ten amongst many” fabulous blogs out there.

    • http://twitter.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      It’s our pleasure to have you on the list. You offer such great information, so thanks! .)

  • Amanda at Radian6

    Great post and thanks for including us in your list, Ifdy. It’s great to connect again!

    • http://vizify.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      Absolutely!

  • Amanda at Radian6

    Great post and thanks for including us in your list, Ifdy. It’s great to connect again!

    • http://twitter.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      Absolutely!

  • http://www.fly4change.com/ Alexandra Bornkessel

    Great list Ifdy! All are stellar performers who offer helpful and resource-packed information.

  • Alex Bornkessel

    Great list Ifdy! All are stellar performers who offer helpful and resource-packed information.

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    nice psot!

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    nice psot!

  • http://www.netwitsthinktank.com frank barry

    Grateful for the shout out here Ifdy. Seriously. You’ve got me blushing a bit because (not sure we deserve it) it’s an honor to be mentioned with all the other excellent blogs (and people) in your post.

    Now let’s get to the real reason I’m commenting. That pic of @askdebra:disqus is WAY to big. We don’t want this going to her head :) (just messin’ with ya Debra!)

    Thanks!!!

    • http://vizify.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      LOL!

  • http://www.netwitsthinktank.com frank barry

    Grateful for the shout out here Ifdy. Seriously. You’ve got me blushing a bit because (not sure we deserve it) it’s an honor to be mentioned with all the other excellent blogs (and people) in your post.nnNow let’s get to the real reason I’m commenting. That pic of @askdebra:disqus is WAY to big. We don’t want this going to her head :) (just messin’ with ya Debra!)nnThanks!!!

    • http://twitter.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      LOL!

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    • Amanda at Radian6

      That’s great to hear, thank you! We appreciate the feedback and if you have any ideas/thoughts for the blog, always let us know!

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    I always visit radian6 blog and I just wanna add something about this blog. Radian6 provide an additional level of information to posts andn sources. The best about it is,it offers their visitors the opportunity to listen,n discover, measure and engage like never before.

    • Amanda at Radian6

      That’s great to hear, thank you! We appreciate the feedback and if you have any ideas/thoughts for the blog, always let us know!

  • http://twitter.com/kivilm Kivi Leroux Miller

    Wow — what a great list! Thanks so much for including me! I know picking just 10 must have been tough.

    • http://vizify.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      Our pleasure, and yes, it was hard keeping it to just ten. That’s why I had to cheat a little with the bonus. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/kivilm Kivi Leroux Miller

    Wow — what a great list! Thanks so much for including me! I know picking just 10 must have been tough.

    • http://twitter.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      Our pleasure, and yes, it was hard keeping it to just ten. That’s why I had to cheat a little with the bonus. ;)

  • http://www.consultengh.com/blog Lindsey Engh

    Thanks for this excellent list! I would definitely include Jeff Brooks of Future Fundraising Now (http://www.futurefundraisingnow.com/) in this list. His daily posts help keep nonprofit fundraising in perspective for me, because it’s really all about the donors. 

    Thanks again!

    • http://vizify.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      Hi Lindsey, and thanks for sharing. I like the blog!

  • http://twitter.com/lindseyengh Lindsey Engh

    Thanks for this excellent list! I would definitely include Jeff Brooks of Future Fundraising Now (http://www.futurefundraisingnow.com/) in this list. His daily posts help keep nonprofit fundraising in perspective for me, because it’s really all about the donors.u00a0nnThanks again!

    • http://twitter.com/ifdyperez Ifdy Perez

      Hi Lindsey, and thanks for sharing. I like the blog!

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