How Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog Works

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. Never say never!

What Is Included

  • In-depth primary articles are accessible from the main menu.
  • Occasional posts on more narrowly-focused and recent topics are found in the margin under, “Carolyn’s Posts.” I call these my “thought pieces.”

Throughout Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, I share links to other sources. They are provided for the sake of discussion and are not necessarily endorsements. I think including them does make my blog even more helpful.

Context Matters

Because each nonprofit organization is unique – as is each nonprofit professional – you should tailor your activities accordingly. I stand by the information I convey. But you must always consider the context in which you are operating before applying new concepts.


In all cases, professional ethics underpin my work. Please refer to the Ethical Fundraising section of the National Council of Nonprofits website for guidance and resources. As they suggest, I do not engage in percentage-based fundraising nor compensation. This is a commonly-asked question. It is generally considered unethical to accept work and be compensated based on a percentage of funds raised. To do so suggests a critical misalignment whereby personal gain overshadows the nonprofit’s mission and the worthy project for which funding is being sought.

If you are seeking training, credentials and more, see my Professional Development Resources page.


I believe in diversity. I celebrate multiple approaches and points of view in all aspects of my work. I believe diversity drives innovation, and innovative approaches to nonprofit fundraising and communications are hallmarks of my work in the nonprofit sector. I am continually growing my network of people, organizations, programs and tools, especially those that help nonprofits operate more efficiently and effectively. To learn more about my views on diversity read, “Giving Thanks for Diversity.”


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Why Sunflowers

Back in 2011 when I began my blog, I thought long and hard about my mission statement and about my “logo.” I decided to choose the sunflower to represent my work. The reason is that sunflowers are a marvelous combination of things. They are cheerful, inspiring, hardy, and they are endlessly useful. That is how I see myself! To learn more about sunflowers, follow the link to my Pinterest board, “Sunflowers May Save the World.”

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