Michael Stein is a veteran nonprofit digital strategist who has worked for the past twenty five years at the intersection of communications, social media and fundraising. His areas of expertise include online fundraising, email messaging, email list growth, website usability, blogging, mobile content and social media.
Michael has most recently worked as a Senior Account Executive at Mal Warwick Donordigital in Berkeley, California, where he managed national, regional and local campaigns to help nonprofits raise money online and engage supporters.
Michael has provided strategic consulting to numerous organizations during his professional career including: The William J. Clinton Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, United Nations Food Program, The James Irvine Foundation, Animal Legal Defense Fund, American Lung Association of California, and the ACLU of Northern California. (See full client list)
Michael’s opinion, analysis and writing have been featured in numerous media, including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, National Public Radio, The Nonprofit Times, TechSoup.org, Philanthropy News Digest, Idealware.org, The Philanthropy Journal, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Grassroots Fundraising Journal and Wired Magazine.
With Nick Allen and Mal Warwick, Michael wrote the groundbreaking 1997 book: Fundraising on the Internet: Recruiting and Renewing Donors Online. In 2002, Michael and John Kenyon published the first study of cloud-based services for nonprofits, The eNonprofit: A Guide to ASPs, Internet Services and Online Software. In 1994, Michael chronicled the rise of the emerging World Wide Web with Gary Wolf in the Peachpit Press book: Aether Madness: An Offbeat Guide to the Online World.
Michael is the Founding President of the Idealware.org Board of Directors and served from 2006 to 2010.
Michael holds a BA in Political Science, cum laude, from Brandeis University. He grew up in France and England, and now resides in Orinda, California with his wife, two children and his dog Kiwi.