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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Examples of Nonprofit Mission Statements
Want a focused, all business mission statement? Take a look at this great model from Save the Chimps.
Examples of Effective Fundraising Letters
Here are some tips for writing fundraising letters plus examples from actual charities.
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.
What to Include in a Letter of Inquiry to a...
New grant writers are sometimes surprised that foundations don't want a full-blown​ proposal at first. They much rather have a letter of inquiry.
July Nonprofit Blog Carnival Roundup: 18...
The July 2015 Nonprofit Blog Carnival rounds up 18 tips for better year-end fundraising.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
How to Write the Executive Summary of Your...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Starting an Unincorporated Nonprofit...
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
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.
Volunteer Position Description Sample
Job descriptions for your volunteers can set expectation, spell out duties, and generally make life easier for them and you.
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?
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 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.
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.​
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.
3 Credit Card Processing Options for Nonprofits
For nonprofits that are fundraising online, there are a number of options for processing donations. Here are three basic types.
How to Explode Year-End Fundraising With Social...
How do you win at year-end fundraising? It takes an army of social media Ambassadors. Here's how to recruit and motivate them.
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 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.
10 Things Your Volunteers Need to be 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Common Nonprofit Mistakes
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
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.
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.
What is a Faith-Based Nonprofit?
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
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.
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.
All About Donations and Credit Cards
Confused by the world of credit cards? Here's what nonprofits need to know.
Great Websites for Charitable Giving Online
Online charitable giving is here to stay. Here are three websites that are excellent places to start your search for charitable causes.
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.
Interested in a Fundraising Job? What You...
One of the most important jobs in any nonprofit is that of fundraiser. Fundraising is vital for ​any nonprofit and often fundraisers enjoy higher salaries.
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.
Do You Really Need to Start a Nonprofit?...
When you want to help a cause, your first thought may be to start a new nonprofit. But consider these alternatives instead. One of them might be a better fit for you.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Makes a Great Nonprofit Board?
Find the right board members and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your nonprofit.
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.
Best Nonprofit Job Search Websites
Thank heavens for online job sites. They make today's job hunting so much easier. Here are our favorite sites for nonprofit job seekers.
What Is a Nonprofit?
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business? What does tax-exempt mean?
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.
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.
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.
FAQs About Starting a Nonprofit Organization
How do you start a nonprofit? Here are the most frequently asked questions we've received and their answers.
7 Simple Ways to Make the Best of Volunteering
Are you looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity? Use these tips to help you make the most of your volunteer experience.
5 Things to Consider Before Serving On a...
Serving on the board of a nonprofit is not something you should take lightly. Make sure that the board and organization are​ in sound financial shape before committing.
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?
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.
What Are Bylaws and Why Does My Nonprofit Need...
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
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.
How to Screen Volunteers With an Application Form
Nonprofit organizations really do need to be careful about who is volunteering for them. An adequate volunteer application form is essential.
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.
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.
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.
How to Write the Methods Section of a Grant...
The methods section of your nonprofit grant proposal should explain in depth just how your organization will carry out your project.​
12 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Got a Well Connected Board? Make Those...
Board members have rich networks of peers that can be useful for your nonprofit. Here's how to make those connections count.
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.
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.
Nonprofit Press Release: What's the Standard...
Press releases have not died. They are still a good way to quickly get the word out to the media, and they can be useful SEO tools right on your website.
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?
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 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.
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?
5 Super Simple Ways to Turn New Donors Into...
A new donor who gives again is more valuable than another new donor. Those are the facts about keeping donors. It's just too important to ignore.
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.
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.
8 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Do Market Research
Should nonprofits perform market research? Absolutely. Research is a money saver, not a money waster.
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.
Nonprofits and Charging Fees for Services
Many nonprofits count on fees from services they offer to clients as​ part of their annual incomes. There are several things to be aware of, however.
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.
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.
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.
July Nonprofit Blog Carnival Call for Submissions
The Nonprofit Blog Carnival is on for July! The topic is Start Your Engines for End-of-Year Fundraising. Submit today!
How to Do Good Without Starting a New Nonprofit
The choice between for-profit and nonprofit is not always black and white. There are for-profit and hybrid organizations that can create social good.
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?
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?​
What Grant Writers Need to Know About...
Government grants for your nonprofit work differently than grants from foundations. Here's how you can find and apply for them.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Does a Master's Degree Help a Nonprofit Career?
Does a graduate degree help in getting, keeping, and advancing in nonprofit careers? It's a hard question with opinions on both sides. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Sample Evaluation Section for Your Grant Proposal
This is a short sample of an evaluation section from a grant proposal. Page 2.
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.
What's a Grant Proposal?
We talk about grant proposals all the time, but there is more than one kind of proposal. In Winning Grants Step by Step, authors Carlson and O'Neal-McElrath distinguish between three kinds of proposals.
Top 7 Must-Have Publications for Nonprofits
These publications are the most widely consulted in the nonprofit sector. They are must-reads for anyone working in a nonprofit.
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.
8 Tips for Submitting Online Grant Applications
More foundations than ever require online grant applications. They can be very frustrating, but here are eight tips that will help.
Are All Nonprofits Tax-Exempt?
Are all nonprofits tax-exempt? There is more than one way to be tax-exempt, and there are many kinds of nonprofits.
You Already Know Your Most Likely Major Donors
Major donors are closer than you think. Here are 3 ways to spot them.
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.
Avoid Grant Proposal Confusion With These 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.
Should Your Nonprofit Have an Endowment?
Endowment income can provide a steady source of financial support to nonprofits for years into the future.
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.
Fundraising Newbie? How to Create Your First...
New to fundraising? Confused? There are so many ways to raise funds, but we do know which have the best ROI. Try those first.
Sample Sustainability Section for Your Grant...
Here is a sample of the future funding, or sustainability, section of a grant proposal. Page 2.
Chart of Income for a Nonprofit
It is helpful, especially for startup nonprofits, to develop a chart showing annual income from all sources. Here is an example that you can use.
Can an Organization Be Part Profit and Part...
Answers the question of if your organization can or should be part nonprofit and part profit. Why it is best to choose one or the other.
What Is a Letter of Support?
Many grant applications require one or more letters of support. They provide third party confirmation of your organization's ability to carry out the project proposed for funding.
What Is Corporate Philanthropy?
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
Reporting Bylaw Changes to the IRS
What do you do if your nonprofit organization's bylaws are changed? Do you have to report that to the IRS or not?
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.
How to Find the Right Story for Your Donors
Great stories create the magic of good fundraising​. But how can you capture the right story for your particular audience?
Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes, Impact - What's the...
Nonprofits have to prove that they are really making a difference. But what do all these terms mean?
7 Types of Corporate Giving Programs
There are many ways companies spread their charitable dollars. Here are seven of the most common types of corporate giving programs.
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.
How to Thank a Donor by Email
Email thank-yous to donors can be routine, or they can jump off the screen like this one does. Here are 5 ways that will make yours just as memorable.
What Is a Family Foundation?
Family foundations can be small, locally focused grant makers or large national ones.
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.
How to Find Major Donors With Good Research
So you have donors. But do you have major donors? Here's how to figure out the giving potential of your present and future donors.
Social Media Startup Guide for Nonprofits
Short on resources and staff, but need to start on social media for your nonprofit? Begin with this intro to social networking tools for nonprofits.
How to Promote Your Nonprofit
Nonprofit marketing is all about speaking up about your cause. Don't be shy if you want donors, volunteers, and supporters of all kinds. Here are some of the most effective methods.
The Connection Between Taglines and Mission...
Your nonprofit tagline should connect with your mission statement. Here are examples of winning taglines and how they reflect each organization's mission.
Are Board Members Personally Liable for a...
Can the board members of a nonprofit be held personally liable for debts should the nonprofit fail? It's quite possible unless you do these things.​
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?
How Long Will It Take to Get an Answer to Our...
The waiting to find out if your grant proposal was accepted or rejected can be very hard.
Why Your Nonprofit Should Have a Needs Assessment
It is important for nonprofits to adopt many business-like procedures. One of those is conducting a needs assessment before launching..
Nonprofit Guide to "Planned Giving"
The heart of planned giving is a simple bequest program but can be much more sophisticated with a number of more complex financial instruments.
Federated Funds
Federated Funds provide a safe and easy way for people to support many charities with one donation, often through direct deduction from their paychecks through their employers.

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