If you’re a nonprofit professional you know that running an effective organization requires constant learning. One of the easiest ways to stay up-to-date on best practices is to follow industry blogs. There’s a lot of information out there (both good and bad), so it can be overwhelming at first. Here are 12 of our favorite nonprofit blogs to help get you started.

Fundraising and Marketing

The Storytelling Nonprofit – We’ve written a lot about the importance of a good story for donor engagement and donor cultivation. International nonprofit consultant Vanessa Chase Lockshin is the expert on using stories to create meaningful relationships with donors.

John Haydon – John is a highly sought after nonprofit marketing consultant. Though he covers all things nonprofit communication and donor engagement, his posts on Facebook marketing are especially insightful.

InBound.org – Inbound is a place for all marketing professionals to share best practices with each other. This site is in the form of a discussion board with staff writers who contribute and moderate on a regular basis.

#fundchat – Less of a blog and more of a discussion platform, Fund Chat facilitates conversations via Twitter that allow nonprofits to share their stories. Fund Chats are a great place to brainstorm and problem solve with fellow nonprofits about donor cultivation, donor engagement, fundraising and more.

Big Duck NYC – Big Duck is a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits. Their blog is especially helpful for branding and campaign tips.

Fundraising Grrl – Need a good laugh to get through the day? This blog is a collection of gifs and observations about life in nonprofit fundraising.

Osocio – A blog that showcases powerful nonprofit fundraising and cause marketing campaigns from around the world.

Technology and Software

Nonprofit Tech for Good – Helping marketers to stay on the cutting edge of tech and social media for nonprofits.

Idealware – Idealware’s goal is to help nonprofits make smart technology decisions. Whether your questions are simple or more complex, they offer thoroughly researched, impartial resources to help technology work for you.

TechSoup – Becoming a member of TechSoup gives your nonprofit access to discounted and donated software and technology. Their blog is a great mix of member and staff contributions on the most relevant nonprofit tech topics.

Nonprofit Industry

Nonprofit Quarterly – Provides credible, research based articles for nonprofits about management, governance, philanthropy and public policy.

Nonprofit Pro – A comprehensive source of information on everything from nonprofit fundraising, data management and tactical leadership. They also offer an extensive collection of free webinars on demand.