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5 Thank You Letters Donors Will Love
Two things cause donors to give again. Being thanked and learning the results of their giving. Your thank you letter can do both of those. Here's how.
How to Write a Grant Proposal: 11 steps from...
Writing grant proposals doesn't have to be a mystery. Here are the basics for every part of yours, from summary to methods to evaluation.
6 Things You Should Know About Your Nonprofit's...
Organizing your nonprofit's first board of directors may be the most important thing you do. The right mix of people and skills is the key.
10 Ways to Shop for Good
People love to shop and they love to help their favorite causes. Now there are more opportunities than ever to combine shopping with being charitable. Shop online for these gifts.
What Makes a Great Nonprofit Board?
Find the right board members and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your nonprofit.
What's Different About a Nonprofit?
There are more differences between a for-profit business and a nonprofit than just foregoing a profit. Nonprofits have special purposes, restrictions, and regulations.
Learn How to Write an Effective Grant Proposal...
Your grant proposal cover letter is one of the most important parts of your proposal package. Use these tips to make it perfect.
22 Templates and Resources for Nonprofit...
Looking for a sample of a good thank you letter for a donation? Or maybe a sample gift chart? Here is a collection of letters, forms, and grant proposals sections that you can use as models.
Writing a Request Letter for a Corporate...
When asking for a donation, a gift-in-kind, or services from a corporation, write a letter spelling out exactly what you need.
7 Ways to Start a Successful Nonprofit
Do you want to save the world or a small piece of it? If so, you may dream of starting a nonprofit. But bring your head as well as your heart to it.
What Do Nonprofit Boards Do?
What are the responsibilities of a board of directors of a nonprofit? They are more defined and important than you might think.
10 Tips for Writing Donor Thank You Letters
Thank you letters are the core of your entire fundraising program. Here are ten tips for making them sparkle.
The 4 Best Websites for Charitable Giving Online
Online charitable giving is here to stay. Here are four websites that are excellent places to start your search for charitable causes.
Why Do You Need a Business Plan for Your...
Starting a nonprofit is similar to starting a business in many ways. Just like businesses, nonprofits need a realistic business plan. Here are the elements of a basic plan.
When and How Do I Set Up a Board for My New...
When should a new nonprofit form a board of directors? Before incorporation or after? Who should you consider for your first board?
How Nonprofits Get Their Income
How do nonprofits support themselves? With a basket of income sources. Check out this summary of the most common ways nonprofits bring in money to support their programs.
What's the Best Way to Write Goals and...
Goals and objectives are all about what you hope to accomplish with the project described in your grant proposal. Good ones are crucial to a winning proposal.
How to Find a Charity Worthy of Your Donation
You're in a giving mood, but you're busy. How can you make sure your donation will go to an organization that is really making a difference? Use these resources to make your job easier.
9 Ways Nonprofits Can Attract Corporate...
Corporations are big spenders on sponsorships with nonprofit organizations and causes. To get your fair share of those sponsorships, you have to speak the language of business.
Write a Memorable Nonprofit Mission Statement...
Mission statements are more important that ever - even in our digital age. But they have changed dramatically. Check out these tips to make yours stand out.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude was founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas. Today it is one of the most respected institutions serving children and their families with medical care that is denied to no one.
11 Tax-Friendly Reasons to Donate to Charity
There are plenty of reasons to give to charity, not least of which is that you can often take a tax deduction. Here is how it works.
5 Things to Consider Before Serving On a...
Serving on the board of a nonprofit is not something to be taken lightly. Board members need to be prepared to pay attention and be ready to make hard decisions.
How to Write an Executive Summary of a Grant...
The summary actually goes first in your grant proposal, but don't write it until last. Here is a sample of an executive summary. Page 2.
What Is an Endowment?
A well funded endowment is one way to ensure ongoing financial support for a nonprofit.
Write a Successful Grant Proposal Budget with...
Do you do fine until you reach the budget of your grant proposal? Here are the basics of how to prepare and present your budget.
How Not to Get Fooled by a Charity Scam
Among consumer crimes, getting ripped off by a fraudulent charity is probably the worst. Before you give to any group that you don't know personally, check out these tips.
Nonprofit Organizations: What You Should Know...
Any nonprofit can and should have an endowment fundraising program. An endowment is essential to your future organizational financial security.
10 Tips for Writing an Excellent Nonprofit...
Annual reports can help you demonstrate your accomplishments to current and future donors, cultivate new partnerships, and recognize important people.
Where Do I Find Board Members for My Nonprofit?
Good board members are not that difficult to find once you know where to look.
Examples of Effective Fundraising Letters
Here are some tips for writing fundraising letters plus examples from actual charities. Your fundraising letter tell a story while still providing adequate information to the prospective donor.
Common Interview Questions of Nonprofit Employers
Are you headed to an interview for a nonprofit job? Wondering what the interviewer may ask you? Here are some favorite interview questions of nonprofit employers. How would you answer them?
14 Examples of Nonprofit Mission Statements
Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
Problem Board Member? What You Can Do:
A disruptive board member can ruin board meetings and keep a nonprofit board from working smoothly as a team. What can be done?
'Church' and 'Religious Organization' As Seen...
There is some confusion around the differences between churches and religious organizations. Here are the main distinctions between the two.
How Does the IRS Classify Your Nonprofit...
The most common form of nonprofit is the 501(c)(3), but there are many types of nonprofits that are registered by the IRS, and they all have different designations.
10 Steps to a Content Marketing Plan for Your...
Content marketing is now a must for nonprofits too. Here's how your charity can communicate with donors and other supporters through terrific content.
How to Pick the Right Name for Your New...
One of the most important things to do when establishing a new nonprofit is to find a name that isn't already taken and that works for your organization.
Is Starting an Unincorporated Nonprofit...
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
What Is a 501(c)(3) Organization?
One of the most common types of nonprofits, a 501(c)(3) charity has many advantages, such as tax-exempt status and the ability to receive donations from foundations.
8 Tips for Writing a Successful Fundraising...
What's the centerpiece of any fundraising campaign? The letter. It might come through the mail or by email, but it is where all fundraising begins.
Can paid staff members serve on a nonprofit's...
Most nonprofits draw a line between the board and paid staff. That's because of the risk of conflict of interest.
How to Create a Memorable Name for Your Nonprofit
So much rides on a name. For a nonprofit, a name should communicate instantly what the organization does and who it serves. It should be memorable and incorporate a bit of the mission.
Be Like Jimmy Fallon - Become the Tonight Show...
Who knew Jimmy Fallon would be such an example of great marketing for nonprofits? Here's how you can become the Tonight Show of nonprofits.
Get Corporate Sponsorships for Your Small...
Even small organization can get corporate sponsorships. Follow these tips for success with sponsorships no matter what your organization's size.
3 Credit Card Processing Options for Nonprofits
Nonprofits who are fundraising online, there are a number of options for processing donations. Here are three basic types.
How to Get Sponsors for Your Nonprofit Event
Companies are more willing than ever to sponsor nonprofit events. But there are ways to make your case to them even more convincing.
How to Keep Donors Coming Back After the First...
Retention of donors after that first gift is a terrible problem for nonprofits. How do you keep donors coming back?
Write an Effective Need Statement for Your...
What is the social problem your organization is planning to solve? The need statement is at the heart of your grant proposal.
6 Things Your Nonprofit Needs to Know about...
Form 990 allows the IRS and the public to evaluate nonprofits and how they operate. Almost all charitable organizations must file an annual 990.
What to Include in a Letter of Inquiry
Many foundations prefer a letter of inquiry (LOI) rather than a full grant proposal. Here are the elements that should be included and a sample.
How to Avoid Car Donation Scams
Car donations is an area of charity that is rife with fraud and misleading information. Here's how to avoid a scam.
Pros & Cons of Nonprofit Incorporation
Is your nonprofit organization trying to decide whether to incorporate or not? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to taking that step.
How to Write the Methods Section of a Grant...
There are lots of ways you can explain the methods you will use for your project. Here is one that is commonly used. Page 2.
Can a Nonprofit Compensate Its Board Members?
Only about 2 percent of nonprofits compensate board members, and it is unusual outside of large, complex entities such as health care systems or large foundations.
Are Board Members Personally Liable for a...
Can the board members of a nonprofit be held personally liable for debts should the nonprofit fail?
What's the Purpose of a Capital Campaign?
Capital campaigns are most often associated with building projects - brick and mortar. But they can help build endowments or meet other nonprofit financing needs.
What to Include in Your Nonprofit Business Plan
A nonprofit is a business and need a business plan to ensure a successful startup. Here's how to do it.
Examples of Email Thank-You Letters
Online giving is growing faster than any other form of fundraising. But what's the best way to thank online donors? Here are some examples of email thank-yous to jumpstart your own.
Does Our Nonprofit Board Need Liability...
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3 Ways to Recruit Volunteers for Your Nonprofit
Recruiting volunteers takes a bit of art, planning, and charm. Here are three approaches you will want to consider.
4 Unique Characteristics of Nonprofit...
One myth about nonprofits is that they can't turn a profit. This is not true. Here are the real differences between a for-profit and a nonprofit.
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a...
Do you have the skills to start a nonprofit? An original idea? There are well over one million nonprofit organizations in the US, so make sure you are adding something to the mix and not just duplicating what another organization is doing.
Learn How to Incorporate Your Nonprofit...
Incorporation is usually the first step toward becoming a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Here are the steps you will have to take to achieve it.
8 Ways Nonprofits Can Compete for Government...
Applying for government grants is not something that every nonprofit can or should do. But if your organization can prepare itself in these eight ways, the effort may well be worthwhile.
How Does the IRS Classify Nonprofit Organizatio...
The IRS has several classifications under which you can register your nonprofit organization. Determining which category to use is an important part of applying to the IRS.
Out-of-State Fundraising Registration...
The IRS has made it harder for nonprofits to ignore fundraising registration rules. If you raise funds outside of your home state, you might need to adhere to these rules.
Do You Have a Dream Nonprofit Board, or a Scary...
Your board of directors can be a help or a hindrance. Here are some characteristics of a healthy board. Use them to evaluate yours.
10 Ways to Keep Volunteers Happy
Do you know what today's volunteers want? Expectations have changed. But if you can meet them, your volunteers will be happy and will stick around.
Volunteer Position Description Sample
Job descriptions for your volunteers can set expectation, spell out duties, and generally make life easier for them and you.
8 Ways to Wake Up Your Nonprofit Board
Board boredom is commonplace. Don't lose your board members to ennui because they are not engaged.
Fight Global Poverty With These 11 Charities
There are so many places to put your charitable dollars today. Consider these charities that are both effective and working to end global poverty.
Board Members and Financial Conflicts of Interest
Sometimes even seemingly simple things can be conflicts of interest when you serve on a nonprofit board. Here are six ways to avoid getting into trouble.
Nonprofit Restricted vs. Unrestricted Funds
One way donors can have some control over their donations to a charity is to designate them as restricted to a particular program or purpose.
How to Write a Letter of Inquiry
Many foundations prefer or even require grant-seeking nonprofits to submit an LOI, or Letter of Inquiry, before sending a complete proposal. Here are tips for making it as good as possible.
What is a Faith-Based Nonprofit?
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
10 Nonprofit Job Search Websites
Thank heavens for online job sites. They make today's job hunting so much easier. Here are our favorite sites.
13 Social Media Trends for Nonprofits in 2015
Social media is moving fast and evolving even faster. Can nonprofits keep up? Here are 13 trends to watch for the new year.
Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Apply for Foundation...
Knowing what grant makers look for in the nonprofits that they fund is crucial to making sure that your organization is ready to apply.
5 Steps to a Great Nonprofit Board
Great boards don't just happen. They are designed. Select carefully, set expectations and then help them to spread the word about your organization.
Donor Acknowledgement Letter: What Should Be...
Donors must have a letter from a charity that acknowledges the receipt of any donation over $250 to receive a tax deduction for the donation. Here is what you must include in that letter.
4 Common Nonprofit Mistakes
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
Nonprofits: Learn How to Apply for 501(c)(3)...
Applying for 501(c)(3) status is not easy. We have some suggestions and resources for you.
8 Grant Writing Myths Busted
Starting a grants program for your small nonprofit isn't a slam dunk, but many organizations buy into myths that hold them back from a good source of funding.
What Is a Volunteer Application Form?
Nonprofit organizations really do need to be careful about who is volunteering for them. An adequate volunteer application form is essential.
How to Develop a Grant Proposal
Writing a grant proposal is not a one off. Most nonprofits who are successful at getting grants develop a grants program where they are constantly pursuing grants from many sources.
What Is an EIN?
Does having an EIN make you a nonprofit? No. All organizations, profit and non-profit, have EIN, Employer Identification Numbers, also called tax id numbers.
11 Essentials of Online Fundraising for...
Online fundraising is growing fast. Here are the steps to get your nonprofit started or to make your existing program better.
What Are Bylaws and Why Does My Nonprofit Need...
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
8 Worthwhile Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit
When you want to help a cause, your first thought may be to start a new nonprofit. But that is a risky business. Consider these alternatives instead. There are lots of ways you can serve a cause.
How to Find Your Ideal Nonprofit Job
More people than ever want a career that makes a difference. Here's how to find your ideal nonprofit job.
Where to Find Financial Information About...
Before you become involved with a nonprofit organization, you have the right to see its financial information. What if the nonprofit is cagey about providing that?
Where Can I Find Samples of Grant Proposals?
We have samples of some sections of grant proposals scattered throughout our articles, but here are some other sources.
Interested in a Fundraising Job? What You...
One of the most important jobs in any nonprofit is that of fundraising. Fundraising is absolutely essential to any nonprofit organization and often fundraisers enjoy higher salaries.
13 Reasons Companies Like to Sponsor Charitable...
What drives companies to sponsor charity events? Knowing what motivates businesses to become sponsors can help you plan your pitch to them.
How to Write the Evaluation Section of Your...
Showing impact is a must for nonprofits. Devise a good evaluation plan and explain it well in your grant proposal. Foundations expect it.
When Should a Nonprofit Apply for a Tax-Exempt...
Not all groups that do good things should or need to become registered as 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Here are some things to think about before you proceed.
What Is a Nonprofit Organization?
There are many types of nonprofit organizations. Some are tax exempt, but all serve the public good in some way.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
The Ronald McDonald House Charities has been around since the 1970s and has become one of the best known charities in the world.
How to Talk to Your Board About Financing, not...
Do you have to beg your board members to fundraise? Try talking about financing rather than fundraising. It can make a huge difference.
How to Find Volunteer Opportunities Online
It has never been easier to volunteer. Just let your fingers do the searching with these online volunteer matching services.
Nonprofit Press Release: What's the Standard...
Press releases have not gone out of style. They are still a good way to quickly get the word out to the media about a new program or event.
5 Kinds of Facebook Posts that Work for...
Facebook is still worth it for nonprofits, especially if you use these 5 types of posts.
6 Classic Fundraising Methods for New Nonprofits
A new nonprofit, just getting started with its fundraising, can be more than confused from all the advice and available tools. Here's what will help.
How to Build a Gift Chart for a Fundraising...
What is a gift chart? It’s a planning tool that nonprofits use to determine how many donations and prospects they will need to raise a specific amount of money during a fundraising campaign.
How to Write a Volunteer Position Description
You'd never hire paid staff without having a position description in place. Job descriptions are just as important for your volunteers.
How to Get Your Board to Step Up to the Plate...
The number one problem with nonprofit boards is that it is often difficult for them to fully understand their fundraising responsibilities. Here are some tips for overcoming that.
The Better Business Bureau--an Original Reformer
The Better Business Bureau has been protecting the American consumer since 1906.
Why Does a Nonprofit Need an EIN?
Since a nonprofit is a business, it needs to acquire a federal tax ID number called an EIN. An EIN can be attained easily through the IRS.
8 Grant Proposal Writing Tips
Writing a grant proposal is different from other writing you might do for your nonprofit. With grants, slow, steady, and organized work better than flights of fancy.
How Your Donors Really Want to be Thanked
Instead of fancy baubles or plaques, find inexpensive and personal ways to thank your donors and connect them to your mission.
Cause-Related Marketing: What You Need to Know
Cause marketing has exploded in recent years. Nonprofits of all sizes are developing cause marketing campaigns. Before you hop on, read about cause marketing's history and how it works.
How to Make a Charitable Donation With Your...
There are many opportunities to give a donation to a charity through your mobile phone. Text-to-give campaigns are especially prevalent when there is a disaster. It's easy and quick.
14 Ways to Thank a Volunteer
A volunteer can provide as much value over the years as a major donor. Are you thanking your volunteers often, creatively, and sincerely?
Smart Charitable Giving Tips for the Holidays
The holidays are a great time for charitable giving. But it is also important to make sure that your hard earned dollars are donated well. That takes both generous heart and cool head.
When can a Nonprofit Start Accepting Donations?
Naturally, a start-up nonprofit is anxious to start raising money. But, it is best to wait until all the details are wrapped up. Here's why.
How to Write the Sustainability Section of Your...
Foundations are looking for projects to fund that can be sustained in the future after they have left the funding picture. How sustainable is your project?
What You Need to Know About Donor Disclosures
Charities must abide by certain IRS disclosure rules to stay out of trouble and to be fair to their donors. Here are the most important requirements.
FAQ About Starting a Nonprofit Organization
How do you start a nonprofit? Here are the most frequently asked questions we've received and their answers.
How to Request Money From a Corporate Foundation
Usually a brief proposal works best for a corporate foundation. Write a 2-pager and include this information.
What Is Corporate Philanthropy?
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
What You Need to Know About Nonprofit Postage
A perk of nonprofit status is nonprofit postage rates. Here is how you can apply for this privilege.
Where to Find Nonprofit Board Members
Good candidates for your board may be closer than you think. Start with the closest networks and work you way outward to the community.
Learn How Fiscal Sponsorship Could Help Your...
Do you have a great idea for doing good, but don't want to start your own nonprofit? Then fiscal sponsorship might be the answer. Find out what a fiscal sponsor can do for you.
Can Small Charities Get Grants?
Small nonprofits can successfully compete for foundation grants. But how much should they depend on grants, and where should they look for them?
Why Does Your Charity Need a Case Statement?
Every fundraising campaign has the Case Statement at its center. It is the core document that sits at the center of your plan and strategy.
Donors Can't Wait! How to Choose CRM Software...
How do you know when you need new donor management software? And if you do, how do you choose a new system?
How to Find and Choose a Graduate Degree...
The nonprofit sector has become more professionalized. A BA or BS degree has become mandatory, and nonprofit-oriented graduate programs have bloomed. Is one right for you?
Sample Evaluation Section for Your Grant Proposal
This is a short sample of an evaluation section from a grant proposal. Page 2.
14 Online Resources for Grant Information
Finding grant opportunities and information about funders is an ongoing project for any grant seeker. Here are some of the best online sources.
Can I Count My Volunteers' Hours as an In-Kind...
Nonprofit Q&A. Volunteer time is worth quite a lot, and there are ways to calculate it and use it in your financial statements.
Great Charities for Family Giving at the Holidays
Make your holiday a family affair and teach children about charitable giving at the same time. These charities have special appeal to kids.
The More Active Your Board, the Better Your...
Can active nonprofit boards make a difference in fundraising? You bet. When board members engage, their organizations are more likely to reach their goals.
How to Whip Your Grant Proposal Into Shape
Grant writing takes good organizational skills, better than average writing ability, and a flair for story telling.
Do I Have to File for IRS Tax Exemption to Be a...
Does your charitable organization have register with the IRS for tax-exempt status?
Alternative Ways to Thank a Donor or Volunteer
I'm not sure that a thank-you letter is even important once you've set up a post-donation landing page such as this one from charity:water.
Why People Say No to Our Fundraising Campaigns
Why do some fundraising appeals work and others fall on their faces? Human psychology is to blame.
How to Ensure Your Nonprofit Doesn't Lose...
It is wonderful that you have jumped through all the hoops to become a tax-exempt, charitable organization. But, you could lose that exemption more easily than you think.
How to Do Good Without Starting a New Nonprofit
A social good purpose can be added to a business enterprise by its board or owner.
What Is a Nonprofit?
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business? What does tax-exempt mean?
A Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits Turns...
Does your nonprofit's social media seem like a trip into chaos? Planning, strategy, and breaking down the silos can bring order. Here's how.
6 Content Ideas to Make Your Nonprofit Website...
Expand your ideas about what you should put on your nonprofit's website. Here are ideas and a bundle of examples from leading nonprofit organizations.
Social Media Startup Guide for Nonprofits
Short on resources and staff, but need to make a start on social media for your nonprofit? Begin with this introduction to some basic social networking tools for nonprofits.
How Do Donors Pick Which Charity Should Get...
The problem when it comes to a donor evaluating a charity is that nonprofits don't yet have very good ways to measure their outcomes and impact. Use these tips to help you choose the best charity for your donation.
Nonprofit Boards and the iPad: a Good Fit?
The use of iPads or other tablets in the board room is a growing trend. Should your nonprofit jump aboard? Here are the pros and cons.
How to Make the Most of Your Special Events
Special events can be a bust or a boon to nonprofits. Plan them carefully and make sure to have realistic goals.
7 Ways to Find the Perfect Volunteer Opportunity
Are you looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity? Use these tips to help you make the most of your volunteer experience.
How to Define Your Nonprofit's Brand in 5 Easy...
Branding your nonprofit is not marketing and advertising. It is about selling everything associated with your organization.
Make a Memory With a Handwrittten Thank You
We may be in a high tech world, but that just means that high touch gestures like handwritten thank you notes make an even bigger impression.
4 Things Donors Want to See on Your Website
Does your website make it easy for donors to give? Surprisingly, many nonprofits don't even know what information donors want to see or how make it easy for them to find it.
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