Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson

As the managing director for the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact and Editor of npENGAGE magazine, her passion for the nonprofit sector stems from her roots as a fundraiser and development marketer. Through her role at the Blackbaud Institute to build valuable research and insights for organizations, she strives to influence change and better support effective and efficient practices for the sector.

Beyond her role as a thought leader, she takes a great pride in her direct work with groups such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and actively participates in her local community as the director of communications on the board of AFP’s Greater Austin Chapter and as a social venture partner with Mission Capital.

Follow Ashley on Twitter at @EttaMT.

5 Nonprofit Resolutions for 2018

It’s no secret that 2017 was a tempestuous year. In just a year, we went from celebrating the Charitable Tax Deductions’ 100th Anniversary to a tax plan that would lessen its value and send aftershocks threatening much-needed programs...

Monthly Donors, You Complete Me

I once had a great mentor who would regularly share hard truths on me. Once, for instance, when I was dating the wrong guy, he told me that it was like I’d “lost the steering to my own damn car.” He was right. Well, I think we sometimes need that kind of tough love in the nonprofit sector, too. How are you steering your fundraising program for success?...