Ms. Carolyn Appleton

Nonprofit Fundraising and Communications,
Carolyn M. Appleton


Austin, TX
United States


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I am a nonprofit fundraising and digital communications specialist with more than 35 years of hands-on experience across Texas and beyond.

My mission is to help organizations, communities, donors and volunteers attain their fundraising, communications and public relations goals in the most efficient, thoughtful, high-quality manner possible. I was elected to The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 1985, the year of my graduation from The University of Texas at Austin with a second degree, a Master's Degree in American 19th century art history (I was also the recipient of the Meredith Long Scholarship in American Art, and authored and co-authored professional publications).

Carolyn's Nonprofit Blog, est. 2011, shares a lifetime of experience with the aim of helping nonprofits gain the confidence to fundraise successfully despite challenges that arise. More than 100 nations visit annually, and the blog continues today free of charge to all as a public service. To see a few of my prior publications, follow the link to ISSUU.

Today, I am a volunteer with Citizens' Climate Lobby (Austin Chapter, Twitter curator since 2017 @cclatx), ONE Campaign (advocate), and Yelp Elite (#shoplocal). From 2016 to 2021, I led the TechSoup Connect Texas Chapter, a partnership between TechSoup Global and NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network. I was elected to the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution in 2010, and I have five documented American Revolutionary War ancestors.

To read more about my volunteer activities, follow this link to Carolyn's Nonprofit Blog.

Chapter Affiliation

The University of Texas at Austin


University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas, United States
Master of Arts, 1985
Art History
1981 To 1984

Memberships & Associations

National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
2010 - Present

NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network
2010 - Present

Honors & Awards

Art Within Our Reach Award for Excellence
Art Museum of South Texas (AMST)

Award for Excellence, "Recognizing Our Own"
Nature Conservancy of Texas (TNC)

Dallas Zoo: Our Natural Asset Award for Excellence
Dallas Zoological Association (DZS)

NTENy Award for Volunteer Service
Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)

Texas Governor's Appointment
Texas Environmental Education Partnership Fund Board (2001-2009) (TEEP Fund Board)

Job History

Carolyn M. Appleton
Independent Nonprofit Fundraising and Communications Professional
Austin, TX, United States
March 2003 - present