IMHAAO* the fundraising profession is really benefiting from the Social Media age.  There are amazing thought leaders and inspiring voices that are elevating the profession and making us all better through their contributions.  This list is by no means comprehensive, but includes some of the people I look to for inspiration, guidance and all-around awesomeness.

Amanda Palmer’s TED talk on “The Art of Asking” is one of the most inspirational videos I’ve seen on, well, the art of asking:

 

Annual Fund Resources

The Annual Giving Network is a great resource for information, networking, conferences and peer-to-peer advice.  Primarily Higher-Ed focused, but Dan Allenby posts some very good, very helpful blogs.

CASE’s blog on annual giving is also a good resource.  Again, Higher-Ed focused.

SupportingAdvancement.com has a great round-up of Annual Fund resources.

Robert Burdenski is an annual fund consultant and also moderator of the FundList Listserv.

Brian Lacy and Associates offer comprehensive annual fund consulting, as well as resources in data management and wealth screening.

Blackbaud’s whitepaper “Taking Control of Your Annual Fund” is quite good.

While at WealthEngine, my colleagues and I published a series of workbooks called The Data-Driven Annual Fund that we’re still pretty proud of.

 

General Fundraising Blogs & Resources

One of the best blogs out there, particularly focused on Major Gifts, is from The Veritus Group:  the Passionate Giving Blog.  You can also follow them on Twitter @VeritusGroup.

Marketing guru Seth Godin’s blog is a constant source of great information.

The Agents of Good constantly push out great content.  They’re on Twitter, too, @agentsofgood

The Agitator is consistently thought-provoking and helpful.

I really like what Bloomerang is often saying.  Follow them @bloomerangTech.

Tom Ahern is my Spirit Animal.  Of course.  @thattomahern

Lynn Wester is The Donor Relations Guru and provides great information on donor relations and stewardship.

Marc Pitman at The Fundraising Coach is terrific.  @marcapitman

Jeff Brooks is the creative director at TrueSense Marketing and his Future Fundraising Now blog is a regular go-to.

Need a Giggle?  Seriously, Fundraiser Grrl provides it regularly.  @RoryJMGreen

My dear friend, mentor, confidante, fellow troublemaker and all around good egg, Barbara Talisman kicks out amazing content.  From Australia. @BTalisman

There are so many great resources and a ton of wonderful information online.  Here’s another list of great blogs:  64 Fundraising Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2016

Some of My Other Stuff:

“What’s in a name? Compounding Loss from Data Quality Issues” from the WealthEngine Blog, January 28, 2015.

What are “Predictive Modeling and Analytics“? from the WealthEngine Blog, April 2, 2014.

“Ask the Experts:  mGive Foundation” from the WealthEngine Blog, March 24, 2014

This Blog Post is Being Written on a Mobile Device”, from the Guidestar blog, March 28, 2014.

But, really?  Blogs, books, videos and tweets are great for inspiration.  At the end of the day, it’s you and the donor (or you and the database, the word processor, the mailhouse, the phoneroom, the you-name-it) — you’ve GOT this!  Go get ’em!  Tell great stories.

*In My Humble And Accurate Opinion