I enjoyed the discussions during Neiman Marcus' "Make Some Noise" event during SXSW 2015 on Rainey Street. Shown are Jenna Bush Hager, Dyllan McGee, Shiza Shahid, and Katherine Keating. Follow the link below for more information.

I enjoyed discussions during the Neiman Marcus, “Make Some Noise” event during SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas. Shown are Dyllan McGee, Jenna Bush Hager and Shiza Shahid, with Katherine Keating as moderator (left).

I enjoyed a series of presentations during SXSW 2015 hosted by Neiman Marcus to mark the launching of, “Make Some Noise.” The campaign “celebrates the most fearless, bold and fashionable women transforming the pop culture, fashion and music landscapes today.”

One of my favorites featured Freida Pinto, who talked about the challenges women around the world face to achieve their dreams of securing an education. Freida told the audience about “Girl Rising,” a documentary film and campaign to develop programs that mobilize not just nonprofits, but also government leaders and entrepreneurs to fund Girl Rising initiatives.

Follow the links above, or this one to the United Nations, for more information about this inspiring and worthy effort.

The 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference was packed with cutting-edge sessions! Click to reach the Google doc with links to collaborative notes from many sessions.

The 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference was packed with cutting-edge sessions! Click to reach the Google doc with links to collaborative notes taken during each of them.

I was honored to speak during the 2015 NTC WordPress Day at the Austin Convention Center. Thanks to everyone who attended. I was gratified that one of my presentation guests launched her own blog the very next day!

My slide deck is now on SlideShare. I also wrote an article about how I began blogging, and you can find it by following this link. Questions? Contact me using the secure contact form on this blog.


Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog is based on my experiences in the nonprofit sector both as a staff member and as a volunteer. Throughout this website, I discuss my most challenging and rewarding experiences. By sharing this information, I hope you will gain confidence in tackling your fundraising challenges!

Thank you for visiting,

Carolyn M. Appleton, CFRE

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I enjoyed visiting with Steve Vick of Nonprofit Ally last October. We discussed “asking,” with a bit of emphasis on corporate fundraising and working with CEOs. My personal stories illustrate well the fact that sometimes the best laid plans can change in the blink of an eye! Click on the banner below to listen (1 hour).

This podcast focuses on "asking" for significant donations, with a bit of emphasis on corporations. Follow the link below to listen.

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