Heather Mansfield is the founder of the Nonprofit Tech for Good blog and author of the best-selling books Mobile for Good and Social Media for Social Good. Over the last 10 years, she’s grown a following for @nonprofitorgs on social networks to more than one million and presented over 100 social media and fundraising trainings throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Southeast Asia. In addition, she’s presented over 500 webinars thus training more than 30,000 nonprofits, NGOs, and charities worldwide.
Heather was honored as a “Fundraising Star of the Year” by Fundraising Success Magazine in 2009 and was placed on Twitter’s Suggested User List from 2010 to 2012. She was also named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Twitter Feeds of 2013 and currently serves as an Honorary Ambassador for the World NGO Day Initiative.
Originally from Springfield, MO, Heather moved to Los Angeles at 19 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory from UCLA. Semester abroad programs led her to Mexico, Chile, and Argentina to study Spanish and anthropology. After college, Heather moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked by day at the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, and by night and on the weekends, she volunteered with the Guatemala Human Rights Commission. Inspired by their work, she then moved to Guatemala to volunteer for Niño Obrero, a school for street children.
Upon returning to the United States, Heather moved to San Francisco. In 1999, Heather went on tour with the Lilith Fair Music Festival as a fair trade spokesperson for Global Exchange and upon returning became the communications director for International Development Exchange.
Heather’s career in web and email communications first received national recognition when she launched eActivist.org in July 2000. She spoke at conferences throughout the United States and built one of the most popular e-activism websites on the Internet.
In 2004, after years of living on small nonprofit salaries in expensive big cities, Heather returned to Missouri and began working remotely as the nonprofit community manager for Change.org and shortly thereafter launched her blog and the “Nonprofit Organizations” profiles. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri.