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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

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

Hindsight Is 20/20: 11 Things to Review After Your Charity Event

Whether you throw an event that surpassed your expectations or one that didn't go at all like you expected, you can rest assured that there are

Why You Need a Fundraising Video [Infographic]

Does your organization have a great online video that is really selling your cause and the bajillion reasons people should be donating to you? If

Creating a Media Kit for Your Charity Event

There are so many things you should be doing before your big charity event that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. And for proof, check out our

GiveSmart and April: What a Busy Month!

It is that time again: the time for a monthly report of everything going on at GiveSmart! We've done a lot this month, and we can't wait to share

Great Fundraising Events: From Experience to Transformation

Have you ever thought about the "science" of fundraising? What I mean is, the psychology behind it: why is one fundraiser great and another just

April Showers Brings My Curated Fundraising List

It's that time again: the time of month where I give you another curated list filled with great insight into the world of fundraising, all from

10 Really Unique Silent Auction Package Ideas

Why would you bid a lot of money on a trip that you could book on your own for a lot cheaper? (Other than to help out a good cause?)

What Is Mobile Bidding, Anyway?

If you are in the auction/fundraising arena in any capacity, then you have probably come across the term "mobile bidding." And if you are new to