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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.
What's the Difference Between For-Profit and...
That a nonprofit is profitless is a myth. The differences between for-profit​ and nonprofit go much deeper.
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.
How to Shop for Holiday Gifts and Still Be...
People love to shop, ​and they love to help their favorite causes. Now there are more opportunities than ever to combine shopping and charity.
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.
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.
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.
11 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Thank Donors...
Don't lose out on one of the best tools available for making donors feel good. Here's how to do gratitude the social media way.
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.
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.
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 Is a 501(c)(3) Charitable 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.
What You Should Know About Endowment Fundraising
Any nonprofit can and should have an endowment fundraising program. An endowment is essential to your future organizational financial security.
'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.
Finding the Right Charity for You
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, check out these tips.
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.
Volunteer Position Description Sample
Job descriptions for your volunteers can set expectation, spell out duties, and generally make life easier for them and you.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Restricted and Unrestricted Funds for...
Nonprofits must be clear about what is a restricted donation or an unrestricted one. Not doing so could cause a donor backlash or even legal problems.​
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.
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.
What is a Faith-Based Nonprofit?
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
8 Tips for Writing a Successful Fundraising...
Do your fundraising letters sound like brochures or letters to a dear friend?
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?
Nonprofit Mission Statements for Today's Donors
These are not your father's mission statements. Mission is more important than ever, but charities have to appeal to today's donors. That means focused.
Awesome Charities for Family Giving
Make your holiday a family affair and teach children about charitable giving at the same time. These charities have special appeal to both kids and adults
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't Believe Everything You Hear About Grants
Starting a grants program isn't a slam-dunk, but many nonprofits buy into myths that hold them back from an excellent​ source of funding. Here's what to do instead.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
7 Types of Corporate Giving Programs
It's a golden age for corporate giving to charities. Here are seven ways your organization can get a piece of that action.
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a...
Do you have the skills to start a nonprofit? An original idea? Here are the things you must consider before launching a nonprofit.
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.
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.
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.​
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Does the IRS Classify Nonprofit Organizatio...
The IRS has several classifications under which you can register your nonprofit organization. Do you know which one your organization falls under?
4 Common Nonprofit Mistakes
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
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.
The Tax Implications of the Donor Acknowledgeme...
A thank you letter for a donation has to do more than just make the donor feel good. There are tax consequences as well.
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.
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.
Bylaws Should be Used, Not Parked on a Shelf
Puzzled about whether your nonprofit can take a particular action? That's where bylaws come in. They are your nonprofit's road map.
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.
What Are Foundations? What Nonprofits Should Know
Foundations have become central to philanthropy ​in the US. Here's how they started and the types of foundations that exist today.
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.
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.
Is It Worth It to Pay for a Professional Grant...
Does your nonprofit need to hire a professional grant writer? Here are the pros and cons.
What Makes a Great Nonprofit Board?
Find the right board members and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your nonprofit.
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 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 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.
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?
Why Your Website Is Killing Donations and How...
Does your website make it easy for donors to give? Many nonprofits don't even know what information donors want to see or how to ​make donating easy.
What Is a Letter of Support for a Grant Proposal?
Foundations often require letters of support for grant applications. They can confirm your organization's ability to carry out your proposed project.
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 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.
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.
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.
Action! 10 Ways Nonprofits Can Raise More Money...
Video is easier than ever for nonprofits. And it is very popular with people who ​donate to your cause. Use it often and well for better fundraising
Alternative Ways to Thank a Donor or Volunteer
Thank-yous to donors and volunteers need not be written to some particular formula. Sometimes a short, snappy letter or postcard is more appropriate. Here are some examples.
Consider the Pros and Cons of Cause-Related...
Find out the great things about cause marketing and some of the pitfalls. Page 2.
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.
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.
How Do You Format a Nonprofit Press Release?
Press releases have not died. They can quickly get the word out to the media, and they can be useful SEO tools right on your website.
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.
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.
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 Find Volunteer Opportunities Online
It has never been easier to volunteer. Just let your fingers do the searching with these online volunteer matching services.
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.
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.
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?
How to Combine Volunteering and Travel
If you've got the itch to see exotic places and cultures and the desire to make the world a better place, then voluntourism might be just the ticket.
Sample Evaluation Section for Your Grant Proposal
This is a short sample of an evaluation section from a grant proposal. Page 2.
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.
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?
How to Let the World Know About 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.
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.
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.
How Fiscal Sponsorship Could Help Your Nonprofit
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.
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.
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.
3 Types of Grant Proposals: Which One Should...
There are more than just one kind of grant proposal. Here are three types that your nonprofit might encounter.
What Qualifies a Nonprofit for Tax Exemption?
Are all nonprofits tax-exempt? What qualifies a nonprofit to be tax exempt?
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.
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 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.
5 CSR Lessons from TOMS
Here are five ways TOMS Shoes is raising the bar for corporate social responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
Why Bequests Are So Crucial to Your Nonprofit
Bequests are a kind of insurance for nonprofits. Helping donors include your nonprofit in their estate planning is good for both charity and donor.
How to Write the Organizational Background for...
Accurate and succinct should describe the organizational informational section of your grant proposal.​
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Articles of Incorporation for a...
When you incorporate as a nonprofit, the state in which you incorporate will require articles of incorporation to be filed. Here are the basics.​
The Secret Sauce to Better Fundraising?...
Nonprofits need to build relationship capital to​ increase donors, retain them, and get them to bring in more donors. Here's how it's done.
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?
All About Donations and Credit Cards
Confused by the world of credit cards? Here's what nonprofits need to know.
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.
Can You Pay Your Nonprofit Staff? How Much Can...
Nonprofits are not all volunteer driven. They can have paid staff. But how much can staff be paid? There could be both legal and perception issues.
When to Change Your Nonprofit's Mission and How...
Does your mission statement still fit your organization? If not, it may be time for a change. Here's how to do it and what you'll need to think about.​
How to Get Started With Planned Giving
The heart of planned giving is the simple bequest program, but it can be much more sophisticated. Here's what your nonprofit needs to know.;
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?​
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.
Make a Reporter's Day With Your Fundraising...
Don't write a boring news release about your fundraising event. Here's how to make it stand out.
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.
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 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.
Sample Pledge Form for Major Gift
This is a sample of a pledge form for a major gift. It is very simple but can be dressed up with your nonprofit's logo or letterhead.
Five For-Profit Business Practices Your...
Nonprofits are businesses too. Here's how, and why it matters.
When to File for Your Nonprofit's Tax Exempt...
In order to receive a tax-exemption dating from the time of your incorporation, you need to file IRS Form 1023 within 27 months of your incorporation.
How to Jumpstart a Monthly Giving Program
Is monthly giving just for large nonprofits? Not at all. Even a simple program can work wonders for a small organization.
5 Types of Insurance Your Nonprofit Should Buy
Stuff happens to nonprofits too. Don't let lawsuits, fraud, or natural disasters create a crisis. Get your insurance in order now.
How Long Will It Take for Our Grant Proposal to...
Waiting to find out if your grant proposal was accepted or rejected can be very hard. Here's what to expect from different kinds of funders.
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 Shut Down a Nonprofit
Not all nonprofit organizations survive, no matter how good the cause is. When that time comes, here is how to close down your nonprofit properly.
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.
What Reviewers Want: 4 Ways to Improve Your...
Are you mystified by the grant review process? Here are four ways to give the reviewers what they want.
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?
When a Charity Calls, Should You Answer?
What's going on with charity telemarketing? Does it get a bad rap, or is it really a scam?
What Does the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Have to Do...
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act provides a blueprint for nonprofits that want to be transparent and financially responsible. ​

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