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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.
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.
There are more differences between a for-profit business and a nonprofit than just foregoing a profit. Nonprofits have special purposes, restrictions, and regulations.
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.
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.
When asking for a donation, a gift-in-kind, or services from a corporation, write a letter spelling out exactly what you need.
Your grant proposal cover letter is one of the most important parts of your proposal package. Use these tips to make it perfect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you letters are the core of your entire fundraising program. Here are ten tips for making them sparkle.
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.
New to fundraising? Confused? There are so many ways to raise funds, but we do know which have the best ROI. Try those first.
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.
Online charitable giving is here to stay. Here are four websites that are excellent places to start your search for charitable causes.
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. Put yours over the top with these tips.
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.
This is a list of trustworthy charities that are helping fight the Ebola epidemic. With Ebola on our own soil, it's time for Americans to step up and help with their donations.
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?
What are the responsibilities of a board of directors of a nonprofit? They are more defined and important than you might think.
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.
A well funded endowment is one way to ensure ongoing financial support for a nonprofit.
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.
There is some confusion around the differences between churches and religious organizations. Here are the main distinctions between the two.
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.
Any nonprofit can and should have an endowment fundraising program. An endowment is essential to your future organizational financial security.
Form 990 allows the IRS and the public to evaluate nonprofits and how they operate. Almost all charitable organizations must file an annual 990.
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.
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.
Here is a sample of the need statement of a grant proposal. Page 2.
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
Even small organization can get corporate sponsorships. Follow these tips for success with sponsorships no matter what your organization's size.
A grant proposal is a lot like a book that your funder will read. The executive summary comes after the cover letter and provides a quick overview of what is to come.
Is your nonprofit organization trying to decide whether to incorporate or not? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to taking that step.
Nonprofits who are fundraising online, there are a number of options for processing donations. Here are three basic types.
Companies are more willing than ever to sponsor nonprofit events. But there are ways to make your case to them even more convincing.
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.
Recruiting volunteers takes a bit of art, planning, and charm. Here are three approaches you will want to consider.
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.
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.
Annual reports can help you demonstrate your accomplishments to current and future donors, cultivate new partnerships, and recognize important people.
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.
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.
Like any other business, a nonprofit benefits tremendously from writing a business plan early in the process of its startup. The business plan can be used throughout the life of a nonprofit, changing as the organization does.
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.
Job descriptions for your volunteers can set expectation, spell out duties, and generally make life easier for them and you.
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.
Online marketing is no longer optional for nonprofit organizations. Even the smallest and most local nonprofit must reach out to the public through an online presence. Page 2.
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.
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.
Here are five ways TOMS Shoes is raising the bar for corporate social responsibility.
Applying for 501(c)(3) status is not easy. We have some suggestions and resources for you.
Car donations is an area of charity that is rife with fraud and misleading information. Here's how to avoid a scam.
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.
Special events can be a bust or a boon to nonprofits. Plan them carefully and make sure to have realistic goals.
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.
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
Capital campaigns are most often associated with building projects - brick and mortar. But they can help build endowments or meet other nonprofit financing needs.
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.
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
The methods section of your nonprofit grant proposal should explain in depth just how your organization will carry out your project.
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
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.
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.
Knowing what grant makers look for in the nonprofits that they fund is crucial to making sure that your organization is ready to apply.
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.
These publications are the most widely consulted in the nonprofit sector. They are must-reads for anyone working in a nonprofit.
Email newsletters are the bread and butter of nonprofit communications. But how do you raise money with them?
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
Major donors are closer than you think. Here are 3 ways to spot them.
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.
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.
You'd never hire paid staff without having a position description in place. Job descriptions are just as important for your volunteers.
What drives companies to sponsor charity events? Knowing what motivates businesses to become sponsors can help you plan your pitch to them.
Find the right board members and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your nonprofit.
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.
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.
Nonprofit organizations really do need to be careful about who is volunteering for them. An adequate volunteer application form is essential.
Retention of donors after that first gift is a terrible problem for nonprofits. How do you keep donors coming back?
Thank heavens for online job sites. They make today's job hunting so much easier. Here are our favorite sites.
Showing impact is a must for nonprofits. Devise a good evaluation plan and explain it well in your grant proposal. Foundations expect it.
A fiscal year may or may not be the same as the calendar year. Finacial record keeping is done according to a fiscal year.
A disruptive board member can ruin board meetings and keep a nonprofit board from working smoothly as a team. What can be done?
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.
Instead of fancy baubles or plaques, find inexpensive and personal ways to thank your donors and connect them to your mission.
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?
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.
A perk of nonprofit status is nonprofit postage rates. Here is how you can apply for this privilege.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
There are many types of nonprofit organizations. Some are tax exempt, but all serve the public good in some way.
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.
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.
More people than ever want a career that makes a difference. Here's how to find your ideal nonprofit job.
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.
Whether your nonprofit is in a large city or a small town, reaching your local media is essential to your public relations program.
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.
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.
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?
Confused by crowdfunding? Here are some startling statistics and some great tips.
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.
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.
A social good purpose can be added to a business enterprise by its board or owner.
Endowment income can provide a steady source of financial support to nonprofits for years into the future.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) takes many forms today, from direct philanthropy, adhering to accepted ethical practices, and being environmentally friendly.
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.
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.
There are so many places to put your charitable dollars today. Consider these charities that are both effective and working to end global poverty.
Usually a brief proposal works best for a corporate foundation. Write a 2-pager and include this information.
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.
Your board of directors can be a help or a hindrance. Here are some characteristics of a healthy board. Use them to evaluate yours.
There are many ways companies spread their charitable dollars. Here are seven of the most common types of corporate giving programs.
It has never been easier to volunteer. Just let your fingers do the searching with these online volunteer matching services.
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Does your nonprofit need to hire a professional grant writer? Here are the pros and cons.
Small nonprofits can successfully compete for foundation grants. But how much should they depend on grants, and where should they look for them?
How do you start a nonprofit? Here are the most frequently asked questions we've received and their answers.
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.
Finding grant opportunities and information about funders is an ongoing project for any grant seeker. Here are some of the best online sources.
Have you seen the new book by Joe Waters? It's all about business/nonprofit partnerships on steroids.
Grant writing takes good organizational skills, better than average writing ability, and a flair for story telling.
Online fundraising is growing fast. Here are the steps to get your nonprofit started or to make your existing program better.
Foundations are recovering slowly from the recession. Yet the will to make an impact remains strong. What does it take? Smarter grants.
Find out the great things about cause marketing and some of the pitfalls. Page 2.
Most nonprofits draw a line between the board and paid staff. That's because of the risk of conflict of interest.
We have samples of some sections of grant proposals scattered throughout our articles, but here are some other sources.
There are several forms of bequests.
Are you looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity? Use these tips to help you make the most of your volunteer experience.
PayPal is a popular website for processing credit card donations. It's easy to set up, and funds can flow right into the nonprofit's bank account.
Branding your nonprofit is not marketing and advertising (although both of those activities will help your brand). Branding is about selling everything associated with your organization.
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.
Donors love thank you letters. A good thank you letter, promptly sent, is a sign to the donor that your charity is well organized and worthy of more donations.
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.
Nonprofit Q&A. Volunteer time is worth quite a lot, and there are ways to calculate it and use it in your financial statements.
Setting up a Facebook Page for your nonprofit is just the beginning. Now you have to drive engagement with creative strategies. Here are five ways to make your FB Page a standout.
Are nonprofits complacent about cyber security? Or terrified? Here are 8 simple ways to make sure you are cyber secure.
Are you just dashing off your fundraising materials? Stop. Take time to think about the four personalities of your readers.
Why do some fundraising appeals work and others fall on their faces? Human psychology is to blame.
Many nonprofits count on fees from services they offer to clients for part of their annual incomes. There are several things to be aware of, however.
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business? What does tax-exempt mean?
When you incorporate as a nonprofit, the state in which you incorporate will require articles of incorporation to be filed.
Check out the infographic about Millennials in this roundup. Does it bust any of your stereotypes?
A volunteer can provide as much value over the years as a major donor. Are you thanking your volunteers often, creatively, and sincerely?
Computing is going to the cloud, donors are flocking to mobile, and silent auctions are migrating to the web.