Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog

Mission and History

My mission is to enable organizations, communities, donors and volunteers to attain their fundraising, digital communications and public relations goals in the most efficient, thoughtful, high-quality manner possible. I am an independent nonprofit fundraising and communications expert with extensive experience across Texas and beyond.

Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog was launched in 2011. Based on personal interests and experiences, it shares my work in the “trenches” of nonprofit organizations small and large, both the wonderful and the challenging moments. The challenges I discuss are meant to help readers learn that while missteps happen naturally in life, one can recuperate and even thrive once you deal with and move past them.

This blog was created and it is written and managed solely by Carolyn M. Appleton, free of charge as a public service. All rights reserved.

Remote Working

Working From Home

For the past several years, I have conducted the majority of my work from my dedicated home office. This allows me the peace and quiet needed to research and compose grant proposals, to write and design communications pieces, to prepare PowerPoint presentations, to manage social media and more. Some think I am part of a large firm, in part because I get so much done. But I am independent. I have developed well organized working habits that make me highly focused, organized and tech savvy. In truth, these skills have also made me an ideal match for the field of major gift fundraising.

If you would like a personalized, virtual workshop on any of the topics found on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, use the secure contact form on this website to reach me. Please include your topic(s), preferred dates and times. Thank you! Happy to help.

Blog Navigation

The main list of “primary” articles on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog may be found by clicking on the drop down menu at the top of the page. I add new information and links to articles fairly often. In the drop down menu, you might also enjoy my photo portfolios and special projects, and a section designed for newcomers to the field of nonprofit development entitled, “Development as a Profession.” There, I share my own experiences getting started in nonprofit development in the hope they will also be helpful to people new to the field.

To the main menu, I have added a series of fun, heartwarming and educational fundraising stories relating to certain personalities I have encountered, “A Brief Account.” In addition, when I have written “posts” or recent thoughts that relate directly to my primary articles (see the margin), I have begun sharing links to some in the main menu.

For an overview regarding the guiding principles under which Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog operates, follow this link. In 2019, I merged my professional work website with my blog, and you will find my professional information in the lower margin of this website.

Use the “search” box to find articles that discuss issues and topics of interest to you. If you cannot find something, please reach out via my secure contact form. In all cases, I share links to outside sources you may find helpful. I always aim to be fair and balanced. Thank you for visiting!

Photographs in the rotating series of “headers” on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog were taken by me with an iPhone. Refresh the page to see the full set.

Thanks to Adobe Spark for the photograph of the laptop and coffee cup.

Questions? Contact me using the secure form on this website.