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Ashley Shaw

I'm Ashley. I do the marketing here at GiveSmart. And my personal charities of choice help kids, improve literacy, and promote prison reform.
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Recent Posts

School Fundraising in August's Curated List

It's August! Well, for like a few more hours anyway. And that means school and that means school fundraisers and that means I've been reading a

5 Tips on Choosing an Auctioneer at Your Live Auction

Isn't it fun to watch a live auctioneer?

Well, not always. In reality, it depends on who you have running that thing. A good auctioneer (or

10 Tips to Help with School Fundraising [Video]

It's that time of year: kids are going back to school - and that means it's time for another year of school fundraising! I bet you are super

Summer in the City: What Happened at GiveSmart in July?

Here at the GiveSmart headquarters, we had a lot of fun in July! From contests to cook-outs from baseball to the Boy Scouts, let's take a look at

Christmas in July's Curated List: Tis the Season of Giving

It's that time again: no, not actually Christmas. Nope, I mean it is the time of month where I share with you all my favorite reads from this last

6 Questions Determine if Mobile Bidding Is Right for a Charity Event

You've probably heard a lot about mobile bidding. And it sounds really cool. Right?

But there are a lot of cool things in this world that just

11 Fundraising Metrics You Should Know [Infographic]

There are a ton of metrics you could be watching for your fundraiser - like growth rate and average gift size. While what metrics you are using is

Summer of Fundraising Change: June's Curated List

It's officially summer, and it's time to reveal those fabulous swimsuit bodies that you've been working on and approving all winter/spring long.

Charitable Donation Statistics from 2016 [Infographic]

I've done a few infographics in the past about giving statistics in the US. But, guess what? Charity Navigator recently released even newer stats,

What's Going On: The World of GiveSmart in May

It is that time again: time to look back on what happened at GiveSmart last month. As always, GiveSmart employees spend their time balancing work

May Your Fundraising Be Successful: May's Curated List

According to one of Merriam-Webster's definitions, the word may is sometimes used to "express a wish or desire, especially in prayer, imprecation,

Why You Need a Fundraising Video: Part 2 (with a Video)

Last week, I posted this infographic we had created on why video is so important for you and your organization when it comes to fundraising. But