The Best of #fundchat 2013

By | December 26, 2013


Wow, what a year! I have to say that 2013 surpassed any expectations I had for the growth and success of #fundchat. I call our tribe, “the little community that could,” made up of an amazing assortment of nonprofit fundraisers and marketing professionals.  And you rocked it.

We have had terrific conversations all year long about just about every nonprofit topic under the sun. We missed a week here and there, but during 2013 we hosted 39 editions of #fundchat, our weekly Twitter conversation. It’s always great to see feedback from folks who say they look forward to the conversation each week. Plus, it’s a free hour of professional development each Wednesday! The @fundchat Twitter handle now has more than 3,700 followers.

In the final months of the year, we also opened our doors and invited contributing bloggers to help make #fundchat an even better resource for professionals in the nonprofit sector. So far, we have 27 contributing bloggers who freely share their advice and expertise on everything from improving your appeal letters to using social media in your fundraising campaigns.

Another great development in 2013 is the growing influence of our hashtag, #fundchat. On an average week, people from all over the world share insights and links related to fundraising using the hashtag. Recently, the hashtag reached over 1 million people on Twitter during a seven-day period. Additionally, our other social media platforms continue to expand their reach. Most notably is the growth of the #fundchat LinkedIn group, having recently surpassed the 520 member mark!

Of course, none of this would be possible without you. The real power in #fundchat is the community – each of us contributing our time and know-how to help others improve their practice and service to the nonprofit sector. Thank you.

Based on traffic to the #fundchat blog, here are the top 10 posts from 2013:

#10 Prospect & Donor Research On A Budget

#9 Is “Thank You” Enough? A Fresh Look At Stewardship

#8 What “No” Means for Fundraisers

#7 Year-End Appeals That Stand Out From The Crowd

#6 Fundraisers, Fix Your Thank You Letters!

#5 How To Capture Online Contributions Through A “Giving Day”

#4 The Ideal Appeal Letter Begins With You

#3 An Open Letter to Fundraisers: Things I Wish You Wouldn’t Do

#2 Beyond Likes: 5 Ways To Turn Facebook Engagement Into Donations


#1 How To Build Relationships With Your Donors Using LinkedIn 

Thanks to the many contributors who authored and shared these posts. Check out the full list here and consider becoming a #fundchat contributing blogger yourself!

What were some of your favorite posts or chats during 2013? Share them in the comments below.

And here’s to an equally stupendous 2014!


Brendan Kinney

Brendan Kinney is the founder and moderator of #fundchat. He is also vice president of development and marketing for Vermont Public Radio and has worked in communications, marketing, and fundraising for SUNY Plattsburgh and Saint Michael’s College. He lives with his family in Essex, Vt. Follow him on Twitter at @brendankinney.

2 thoughts on “The Best of #fundchat 2013

  1. Grantsmanship Center

    Great article. Just shared on Twitter and our Google+ page. We are big fans of #Fundchat here at The Grantsmanship Center.

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