Media Room | Publications and Presentations

2010 to the Present

Central to my publications and presentations is Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, launched on WordPress in September, 2011 and visited by some 200 nations since then. It is designed, composed and managed by me personally. There are both primary articles which I update regularly, and more frequent posts sharing opinions and advice.

The below activities were conducted as a public service, free of charge. When an honorarium or other payment has been provided, I have noted it.


You might enjoy reading my article on the importance of social media stewardship and research in the June, 2018 issue of ADRP’s e-newsletter, The Hub.

The morning of June 15 during the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action conference at the Irving Convention Center I discussed, “How Startup Nonprofits Can Break Into the Big Leagues.” My slide deck is posted on SlideShare.

Having worked with small and aspiring nonprofits for the past several years, I shared my advice about inspiring confidence on the part of major gift donors. Most all of my advice involves time, but little if any investment of money. I urge nonprofits to be lean and more “digital” to help amplify impact, and to make a positive impression that adequately reflects the energy, sophistication and importance of their work.

PermianI enjoyed speaking about “asking” for charitable gifts during lunch to the AFP Permian Basin Chapter on April 25. Thanks to the chapter for providing an honorarium and underwriting my travel expenses. To reach my slide deck, follow the link. This is a powerful, information-packed presentation and if your organization could benefit from hearing it, let me know by sending me a message using the secure contact form on this website.

I gave a webinar to members of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) on, “Taking a Step Back Will Lead You Forward,” on March 29. To read an blog article that includes my central themes, click here.


I consider Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog to be my primary publication. To read about my 2018 | Nonprofit Predictions, follow the link.

Thanks to GetEdFunding for reprinting my blog article,“Grant Writing: A Reality Check” (December). This is one of the most-read articles on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog.

Follow the link to read my blog article for Bloomerang, “How Startup Nonprofits Can Break Into the Big Leagues” (November). A donation from Bloomerang in honor of the article has gone to IREC: Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Coffee, bagels and “asking” at the Regional Foundation Library!

Coffee Chat at the Regional Foundation Library, Austin. On May 25, I enjoyed discussing asking for major gifts, and turning difficult situations into positive outcomes. Thank you for the Starbucks gift card! Please note the Regional Foundation Library is now the Texas Grants Resource Center, and it has moved to the north side of downtown Austin, near ACC Highland.

AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action conference, May 19 at the Irving Convention Center, “Asking for Major Gifts: Expecting the Unexpected.” My thanks go to Enterprise for providing travel support through a discount to The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (I have been a member since 1985). I was delighted to have a “full house,” and so many excellent questions.

2017 DFW Philanthropy in Action
Thanks to everyone who attended my “Asking for Major Gifts: Expecting the Unexpected” presentation at the Irving Convention Center.

In April, 2017 Bloomerang kindly invited me to write a blog post on volunteers and volunteering. Here is a link to, “Think Volunteers Are More Trouble Than They Are Worth? Think Again.” In thanks, Bloomerang made a donation to IREC: Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Sam Houston Association of Computer Scientists, Sam Houston State University, “Tech Solutions: Nonprofit Communications and Fundraising,” March 4 during the FutureTech Conference. Follow this link to my slide deck on SlideShare.

I was pleased to be quoted by Ricky Ribeiro of BizTech Magazine in, “4 Pearls of Wisdom for Nonprofit Technology in 2017” (February 13).

NetSquared, “Creating a Remarkable Meetup,” ReadyTalk webinar for NetSquared organizers globally on Meetup platform best practices, tips and hands-on guidance in Meetup profile creation and management, February 7. My introductory slide deck is posted on Slideshare. Here is a recording of my talk on YouTube.

Nonprofit Ally, “Insider Tips from a Professional Grant Writer” podcast (recorded January 6), is now live. This is an hour of discussion about grant writing from the perspective of senior level grant writer, including issues that affect grant writing (things that are in your control, and those that are not), and more.



  • National Catholic Development Conference, Dimensions, “Mailing Lists: God Is In The Details” (October/November 2015 issue). This is an article from my primary website, Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, reprinted. I was honored to be included in the primary development journal for Catholic fundraisers.
  • TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue presentation to the Travis County Kennel Club (November, 2015). I enjoyed giving a private presentation to the Board of the Club about TEXSAR and its use of canines in search and rescue (and search and recovery) efforts in Texas. Follow the link to my slide deck on SlideShare. One result of this activity was the donation of several pet emergency rescue kits to TEXSAR.
  • I spoke to the Coastal Bend Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on August 25 at Del Mar Community College in Corpus Christi, Texas. The focus of the talk was the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential, from the formal process involved and studying to take the CFRE examination, to personal perspectives about certification. I served on the Board of this chapter ca. 2003 until I moved from Corpus Christi in 2010, and it was a pleasure to visit my professional colleagues in the region. In fact, after all these years in the nonprofit sector, I find some of the finest nonprofit fundraising professionals live and work in that region.
  • “Blogging Your Nonprofit Career on WordPress” was a presentation I gave during WordPress Day at the Austin Convention Center in March, immediately prior to the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference. My slide deck is posted on SlideShare. I wrote an article a few years ago about this topic on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog (several supportive links are provided at the conclusion).
  • Thanks to NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network for including me in, “NTEN Member Roundup” (January 6).


  • Click on the photograph to listen to a one-hour podcast by Steve Vick of Nonprofit Ally (October). Steve interviewed me about “asking.” The podcast also discusses approaching corporations for funding. Several personal examples are provided. Texans will enjoy a bit of nonprofit history, and shout-outs go to GuideStar, NTEN, Asking Matters, Texas Nature Conservancy, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Bloomerang, late friend and mentor Richard C. Bartlett and more.
  • I gave a presentation called, “Fundraising Predictions: 2014 and Beyond” for the Texas Library Association (June 9).
  • I enjoyed giving a presentation during the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference at the Irving Convention Center,“Digital ‘Do It Yourself’ for Major Gift Professionals” (June). Thanks to my audience, I was pleased to have had a packed room.
  • I was part of a team of teachers involved in the CFRE Review Course in Austin June 9-10. My session focused on donor and prospective donor research and discussed best practices. I also helped teach the capital campaign module for the CFRE Review Course in summer, 2008.
  • Bloomerang Google+ Hangout (video) with Steven Shattuck, “Tips for Working At or With a Start-up Nonprofit” (March). Among other things, good advice for all those Boomers wanting to launch new nonprofits!
  • Bloomerang, “The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Grant Writing and Research” (February). The title is not mine, but I am honored they chose it for this piece.
  • Bloomerang, “6 Expert Fundraising Predictions for 2014” (January).


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  • Margaret Battistelli wrote for Fundraising Success, “NTC: Roundup: Major Gift Fundraising and Social Media” (April 20). Margaret attended my talk during the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference at CNN Center in Atlanta, and I appreciated her coverage. My slide deck for this presentation on SlideShare ranked in the top ten from the conference for a year, even though my talk was expected to be of modest interest. As an aside, this slide deck was my first on SlideShare. Since then, more than 60,000 have visited my profile on the platform. Keep in mind, back in 2010, many believed social media to be a toy and something only for young people. My suggestion that it could be used to support major gift communications was viewed as fairly radical, by young and old alike! I was amused that after my presentation, while having coffee in the hotel lobby, SlideShare emailed to report my slide deck was being downloaded at a very rapid speed and more than any other presentation on its platform.

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During my university days while attending graduate school, I authored and co-authored a number of art and art history articles in scholarly publications, from The University of Texas Press to The Magazine Antiques. Please refer to LinkedIn for information about these earlier pursuits.

I started this list with the year 2010. That was when I began giving more public presentations. The economy had declined and major gift fundraising efforts were few and far between. I finally had time after more than two decades of relentless major gift work to write and speak about my experiences. In 2011, I launched Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog. Questions? Contact me any time via the secure contact form provided on this website.