New Voices: Nonprofit Marketing and Communications Bloggers to Watch

I can’t tell you how many times in the last year I’ve heard someone explaining to a newbie how to use an RSS reader for online/social media listening, only to quickly follow it with, “But I don’t really use mine anymore, because I subscribed to too many feeds and am overwhelmed.” Not exactly the greatest endorsement for RSS readers.

I confess I’m guilty of the exact same thing. I can’t remember the last time I opened Google Reader. I use a custom Alltop page to track the top 40 or so blogs I want to follow instead.

The big problem with that approach, however, is that I can’t follow the newer blogs  or those with smaller readerships that haven’t received blessed Alltop inclusion status yet. (Here’s their submission form – it does seem to help.)

If you are in the same boat, save this post so you can use it to keep up with these newer blogs (and if any of them are on Alltop, let me know which page so I can find them!). Here are a few I’m going to try to keep an eye on, and I’d love for you to add your new/smaller favorites to the list in the comments.

Throwing Light is by the dynamic duo of Andrew & Leah Hood. They do incredible visual storytelling for nonprofits. Definitely one to watch.

Bad Words Blog by Doug Gould is a “compilation of good intentions gone bad when good people use bad words to promote good causes.” Very interesting perspectives on the language we use in the nonprofit world.

moflow blog by Marlene Oliveira, an experienced freelance copywriter and certified yoga teacher in Toronto, Ontario. When she decided to put these two skills together in one business, the connection was clear: it’s all about more flow. She’s a writer who gets nonprofits and marketing, which makes her a great asset to our community.

Gracie’s Empty Brain by Grace Cheung, who is a Gen Y’er who’s sharing her experiences starting a career in marketing, with a special interest in nonprofits.

Write for the Cause by Courtney McSwain is brand-spanking new, but I hope she keeps it up, because I have a soft spot for writers who are trying to use their talents for good, given that’s how I got started in all of this.

Nonprofit Chas is by Chas Grundy, who is sharing his experiences as he helps take a small non-profit organization to the next level. He’s been at it a bit longer than most of the people on this list, but I just discovered the blog and Chas shares some great insights for small nonprofits.

Socialize Your Cause is a blog by the company of the same name, where founder David Wells shares tons of tips on using social media more effectively (and he also just posted an hour-long video of my talk at NCTech4Good. Sheesh, that was a long presentation . . . I’m sure David’s arm was cramping holding that camera!)

Marketing Analytics for Nonprofits by Vault Analytics shares ideas and tips on (you guessed it) measurement and analytics.

Low Hanging Fruit Communications by Maureen Carruthers covers lots of bigger-picture management topics like getting organized and working together, as well as more tactical social media advice.

Change 4 Your Dollar is a new fundraising blog by Laura Kaufman, who has lots of experience with foundations and Jewish philanthropy.

Social Change Diva by Ericka Hines covers leadership, adult learning, and presentation skills.

Finally, also check out, where my virtual assistant (and little sister) is now blogging about all kinds of cool tools to help you manage your online life and Internet marketing.

What other new nonprofit communications, marketing, or fundraising blogs are you following?

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  • Thanks for compiling such a great list–and for including Low Hanging Fruit! Since you asked, you can find the alltop feed to my blog at

  • Another blog – social media for nonprofits blog.

  • Thank you so much for this, Kivi – Some of these people I've “met” already, but more than half are totally new to me! It can be time-consuming to find new blogs to read, and it's the fresh voices that so often make the reading most worthwhile!

  • Kivi:

    Thanks so much for including Change 4 Your Dollar in this company. I'm honored to be listed, and it gives me encouragement to keep at it. Thanks.

  • Thank you for mentioning me. Now, off to blog more!!

  • Thanks for including us on this list! Some great writing and great resources here.

  • Kivi, thank you so much for including including me in such good company. I'll be watching these bloggers for sure!

  • Kivi, Thanks for the mention! We really appreciate it and want to get that interview with you soon!

    As for the camera, it was on a tripod. =)

  • JackSedam

    There are two newer blogs I like:
    it's great at giving an NPO point-of-view on timely info.

  • JackSedam

    My favorite new ones are:
    1) – great look at timely information and news from a non-profit point-of-view.

  • Staciekirby

    The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) recently launched a blog that features the series “Life as an Intern.” The posts are written by two graduate students working with gallery exhibitions and summer art camp programs. The series offers a behind the scenes look at the operations and planning that supports a successful Northern Virginia contemporary art gallery.

  • Thanks for including me Kivi! And allowing me to discover Marketing Analytics for Nonprofits, two of the things I love most in this world, analytics and nonprofits. I didn't think it was possible…but I think my life is now complete!

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