Ephraim Gopin is a third-generation nonprofit executive, fundraiser and public speaker. In 1993 while a senior in university, he led his first major fundraising campaign in memory of an esteemed faculty member. Donations surpassed the goal by 20% and he organized a dedication ceremony, attended by 1,000 people. Ephraim was the event’s keynote speaker.
After receiving his MBA from Boston University, Ephraim worked as an alumni director and fundraiser, charged with reconnecting alumni with their alma mater. He successfully engaged more than 75% of the alumni and managed all aspects of the annual Dinner, which soon became the institution’s largest and most successful annual fundraising event.
Ephraim has also worked as a marketing director and event organizer for various nonprofits. In 2007 he was appointed CEO of Gan Harmony, Israel’s first inclusive nursery, where children with and without disabilities learned together. He managed a staff of 40 and led all fundraising activities.
While working as a grant writer for an organization dedicated to bridging the digital divide, Ephraim successfully applied for and received numerous grants from foundations in Israel, the U.S. and Europe.
Transforming a Foundation into a Recognized Thought Leader
In 2013, Ephraim worked on ‘the other side of the table’ as Director of Communications for a global, private family foundation. This eye-opening experience gave Ephraim an understanding of how foundations operate and make decisions regarding grantees.
By rebranding the foundation, carrying out the marketing strategy he formulated, creating compelling content, establishing their presence on social media, working with media outlets and managing national and global campaigns, Ephraim increased the foundation’s visibility and they became the leading voice in the global Jewish community on the issue they advocate for: the full inclusion of people with disabilities into society.
Ephraim’s strategy and work helped to:
- triple traffic to the foundation’s site through a complete rebranding process and building of a new website
- increase the foundation’s visibility via placement of 300+ op-eds, interviews, press articles and quotes for both print and online media
- create local and national partnerships intended to help showcase the foundation’s leadership in the field
- build and manage national and global campaigns to raise awareness, educate and advocate
- establish the foundation’s blog as the leading voice in the global Jewish community on the topic of inclusion
- engage with a wider audience on social media
- utilize email as a vehicle for building relationships with advocates, organizations and a large community of people.
Ephraim has also worked for a number of hi-tech companies, including large companies with millions of users and those just starting out with seed funding. This includes helping a startup grow their email list from 300 to 11,000 subscribers in less than a year.
In 2018 Ephraim established his own agency, 1832 Communications. 1832 helps nonprofits build more relationships, raise more money, grow their user base and donor lists and improve brand awareness both online and offline so the organization can serve more people and have more impact in their community. 1832’s clients include both local community organizations and national nonprofits with a presence across the United States.
In his spare time, Ephraim loves to try new recipes, construct puzzles, cheer loudly for Boston sports teams and sing 80s pop music tunes. You can find him on LinkedIn talking with nonprofit professionals about issues affecting the sector or on Twitter tweeting about the nonprofit sector or waxing nostalgic about 70s and 80s pop culture. Ephraim is a proud, card-carrying member of Gen X, The Fluffernutter Sandwich Generation.
Although born in New York, Ephraim lived in Boston, Jacksonville, FL, New London, CT and Toronto before moving to Israel. He is the proud father of 3 young adults, all of whom disapprove of how he takes selfies.
Speaking and Writing Engagements
Over the last decade, Ephraim has been a presenter and speaker on topics related to fundraising, social media strategy, gratitude and building relationships, media outreach, marketing, digital storytelling and email marketing. Thousands of people who have attended his presentations have been given the tools to implement what they learned right away.
Ephraim has spoken and presented to AFP chapters, groups of nonprofit CEO’s and organization executives and nonprofits working with community foundations. Ephraim has been a featured speaker in webinars for Bloomerang, Qgiv, Foundant Technologies, the Des Moines Fundraising Institute and many more. He has also spoken at OneCause’s Raise fundraising conference and will be a speaker at AFP ICON’s upcoming conference in May 2022.
In addition to speaking engagements, Ephraim is a sought-after writer for numerous online publications. He has written about nonprofit leadership, fundraising, content marketing, email marketing, disability and philanthropy, engaging your social media audience, remote work and more.
Ephraim is the author of six free nonprofit ebooks. Topics include successful email onboarding, social media strategy and engagement, solving sector problems, employee giving, social media content and more.
Your Daily Dose of Nonprofit Newsletter
In March 2019, Ephraim launched the Your Daily Dose of Nonprofit Newsletter (YDDN). Every Monday to Thursday, this popular newsletter delivers content to subscribers that is relevant to any nonprofit role they fill. The goal is to allow nonprofit professionals personal growth and professional development without having to spend time searching for the information they need to learn about.
YDDN has been published more than 550 times and delivered over 2,000 articles and posts to subscribers around the world. Ephraim adds his expert commentary and insights to each article. YDDN has covered 100+ different topics related to nonprofit life and introduced subscribers to 85 sector experts. YDDN’s current click thru rate is 5 times the nonprofit average.
In addition to the newsletter, Ephraim is the host of the Your Weekly Dose of Nonprofit Podcast. The podcast introduces nonprofit professionals to sector leaders and experts who supply the information sector employees need to better serve service recipients and clients.