2020 To The Present


I was busy writing and speaking during the first half of 2021. See my Media Room for updates and links: two articles for Qgiv, one focused top nonprofit tech tools, and one on the importance of social media and fundraising today. I gave a webinar on grant writing for Qgiv in April.

During this time, I read and reviewed a new book by Barbara Floerish of The Grantsmanship Center, “You Have A Hammer: Building Grant Proposals For Social Change” on Amazon.com and Goodreads.

For Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis, I gave a presentation in April about my experiences across Texas in major gift fundraising, “Never Say Never.” In a way, the presentation serves as a “mini” vita. Follow the link to learn more. In May for TechSoup Connect North Texas, my presentation provided an update and overview of DIY online prospect research for nonprofits. You can view my slide deck on SlideShare.

I have also been helping Bee Cave Arts Foundation lay the groundwork for an outdoor light festival, BuzzFest 2022. To read an overview on ISSUU, follow the link.

During 2021, I have been wrapping-up my longtime volunteer work for Nonprofit Tech Club Austin. To read more, see my community and volunteer overview on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog. I have been the lead volunteer organizer from 2015 through the end of 2021. Based on the strong club infrastructure I helped develop, the chapter will become the Texas Chapter of TechSoup Connect (fall, 2021).

In September, I recorded a class presentation on the topic of nonprofit fundraising for students at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. I discussed where charitable donations come from, methods of fundraising today, issues facing the profession, and predictions about the future of fundraising. If the instructor allows, I will eventually share a link to the recording and/or slide deck here. Following-up on the class presentation, I wrote, “Nonprofit Fundraising: Reasons for Hope” (post).


During 2020, I worked part of part-time for two nonprofit organizations, focusing generally on grant research and writing, infrastructure improvements, and online communications. I also continued my volunteer work. To read more about my 2020 activities, see my Media Room.

Following-up on my work last year with TechSoup on a nonprofit disaster preparation and recovery course for Hurricane Harvey-impacted regions of Texas, the curriculum team and TechSoup staff hosted a one-day workshop in Houston on February 13. The online course has been refined and is now available to the public. To see more Instagram photos from the event, follow this link to Carolyn’s Tumblr.

Thank you for your help in the workshop last Thursday in Houston! The participants, to my observation, were able to get useful information and network with each other as we hoped. They benefited a lot from the insights that you shared about disaster planning and recovery. 

It was a great pleasure to work with you all on the CDP Disaster Preparedness project. Thanks to all your input and contribution, we were able to create the online course track and host the live workshop to help the Gulf Coast nonprofit organizations get better prepared for future emergencies, and as a result, become able to serve more people in need on those special occasions. That was a big achievement together during the past year! Your expertise and dedication are genuinely appreciated.

We wish you all the best moving forward, and hope our paths cross again in the future!

Thanks, Shuya Xu and the TS Courses team

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