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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 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 I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Master's Degree in American 19th century art history.

In 2011, I launched Carolyn's Nonprofit Blog. It shares experiences and advice based upon a lifetime working in the trenches of nonprofit fundraising and communications. More than 100 nations visit annually.

I was elected to membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 2010, and I have 5 proven American Revolutionary War ancestors, one of whom was responsible for the success of the Crossing of the Delaware. I am a member of the Austin Colony Chapter of NSDAR. I volunteer for such organizations as ONE Campaign; Citizens' Climate Lobby (Austin chapter); and Yelp Elite (business champion). From 2016 to 2021, I served as the lead volunteer organizer of Nonprofit Tech Club Austin in partnership with NTEN, TechSoup Global and Capital Factory. In 2022, I became a TechSoup Ambassador.

The Media Room on Carolyn's Nonprofit Blog provides a variety of in-person and online presentations, and authorships. Questions? The secure contact form on my blog reaches me quickly. Thank you!

Audience Type

  • Association
  • Chapter Initiations
  • College/University Faculty
  • College/University Students
  • Corporation
  • Non-Profit

Professional Status

  • Experienced Professional

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Location Availability
Locations - travel expense reimbursement not required
Webinar / Online
Locations - travel expense reimbursement required
United States (All)
Speaker Fee Yes
2,500.00 (USD)
Fee Details:
Please ask! My fee varies on the hosting organization.


Description Presented Before?
How Technology Is Preserving a WPA Era Icon 
This presentation provides information for improving and enhancing nonprofit infrastructure with an eye toward major gift fundraising.
Texas Historical Commission February 1, 2023
Technologies for Effective Capital Campaigns 
Given as a webinar for Crescendo Interactive, this presentation focuses on major gift fundraising, the necessary mindset, research tools, and more.
Webinar, April 4, 2023
Technology and Data to Lay the Groundwork for Effective Major Gift Fundraising  (1)  
This presentation was given to the Crescendo Interactive Practical Planned Giving Conference in 2022.
San Diego, California, September 20, 2022
Grant Writing, Major Gift Fundraising, Asking for Major Gifts, Capital Campaign Preparation, Social Media, Stewardship, Startup Infrastructure, Troubleshooting, Technology Solutions  (1)  
See the Media Room on Carolyn's Nonprofit Blog ( Each presentation is tailored to the audience. In-person and online presentations are possible.
ADRP: Association of Donor Relations Professionals; AFP: Association of Fundraising Professionals (DFW, Coastal Bend, Permian Basin); Crescendo Interactive; Friends of the Texas Historical Commission; GPA: Grant Professionals Association; NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network; Qgiv; Rotary International (local chapters); Sam Houston State University; TechSoup; Texas Grant Resource Center at The University of Texas at Austin; and University of the Incarnate Word.