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How to Write a Thank You Letter to a Donor
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Things You Should Know About Your Nonprofit's...
Recruiting and organizing your nonprofit's first board of directors may be the most important thing you do. The right mix of people and skills will get your startup nonprofit off to a great beginning.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. Put yours over the top with these tips.
Is Starting an Unincorporated Nonprofit...
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
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 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'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 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.
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.
'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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is an Endowment?
A well funded endowment is one way to ensure ongoing financial support for a nonprofit.
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.
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.
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.
14 Examples of Nonprofit Mission Statements
Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
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.
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 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.
4 Common Nonprofit Mistakes
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to Include in Your Nonprofit Business Plan
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.
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.
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.
Getting Started with Social Media: Where Do...
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 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.
Volunteer Position Description Sample
Job descriptions for your volunteers can set expectation, spell out duties, and generally make life easier for them and you.
10 Ways to Make Nonprofit 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.
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.
What is a Faith-Based Nonprofit?
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
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.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Sabotage Your Mission Statement
Too many mission statements only mean something to the people inside the organization, rather than speaking to its supporters.
What Makes a Great Nonprofit Board?
Find the right board members and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your nonprofit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 Ways for Nonprofits to Avoid Social Media...
Feeling overwhelmed by social media? Here's how to regain control before you lose your mind.
11 Nonprofit Job Search Websites
Thank heavens for online job sites. They make today's job hunting so much easier. Here are our favorite sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Bylaws and Why Does My Nonprofit Need...
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Find the Nonprofit Job of Your Dreams
More people than ever want a career that makes a difference. From career changers to new graduates, nonprofit is a prime destination. Learn how to find your dream nonprofit job.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
12 Social Media Tips for Newbie Nonprofits
Social sites are about relationship building, and it is harder than it looks. But social media is increasingly where charities will find their volunteers, donors, and supporters of all ages.
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 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?
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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?
The Art of Recognizing Your Donors
Instead of fancy baubles or plaques, find inexpensive and personal ways to thank your donors and connect them to your mission.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Gates' and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge
The Giving Pledge was set up in 2010 to encourage the wealthiest people around the world to give most of their fortunes away to philanthropic causes, during their lifetimes or immediately afterwards. Bill and Melinda Gates and their friend in giving, Warren Buffett, are the creators of the Giving Pledge.
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.
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.
Nonprofits and Charging Fees for Services
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.
Global Poverty and Charitable Giving
There are so many places to put your charitable dollars today. Consider these charities that are both effective and working to end global poverty.
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.
7 Easy Ways to Promote Your Nonprofit Facebook...
Have you put up a Facebook age for your nonprofit? Don't let it just sit there like a wet noodle. Use these easy tips to promote it.
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 happens if we change our mission...
What happens if your nonprofit changes its mission statement, or its name? Do you have to report those changes to the IRS? Here is advice from a nonprofit lawyer.
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.
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.
5 Steps to Defining Your Nonprofit's Brand
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.
Should Your Small Nonprofit Go After Grants?
Small nonprofits can successfully compete for foundation grants. But how much should they depend on grants, and where should they look for them?
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.
PayPal Is Credit Card Processing Option for...
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.
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?
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? Follow these tips to assess your needs and find the perfect system for your nonprofit.
What Should You Put on Your Nonprofit Website?
Expand your ideas about what you should put on your nonprofit's website. Here are some ideas and a bundle of examples from leading nonprofit organizations.
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?
5 Ways to Recruit and Keep Monthly Donors
Monthly giving has been around for a while now, so many best practices have emerged. Here are the best of them.
What Is a Nonprofit?
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business?
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?
Does Our Nonprofit Board Need Liability...
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Facebook Marketing For Dummies - a Review
Nonprofits that want to use Facebook should begin with this book. Even though FB evolves at the speed of light, this is a good place to start. Lots of resources for follow up too.
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 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.
What Is Corporate Philanthropy?
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
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.
Famed Fundraiser Reveals Secrets to Success
I found Reynold Levy's stories, suggestions, tips, and philosophy completely applicable to any nonprofit, large or small, high flying or grassroots.
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 Want to Work for Nonprofits
Reasons at the best-rated organization seem to be that the work is meaningful and fun, there is a work/life balance, and employees get good benefits.
Four Ways to Make a Donor Thank You Letter Better
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.
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.
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?
How to Help a Charity by Running, Cycling, or...
Millions of people run, walk, and ride for charity every year. They are all giving back, raising awareness, and staying in shape along the way.
How and Why to Make Endowment Fundraising a...
Setting up and funding an endowment should be a priority for nonprofit boards and management. Endowment income provides a steady source of support for years into the future.
5 Tips for a Better Nonprofit Facebook Page
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.
Why Your Nonprofit Should Have a Needs Assessment
Even though the goal for your new nonprofit is not to make a profit but to change lives, it is also a business. As such, it is important to adopt many business-like procedures. One of those is conducting a survey and/or other research before you launch a product or service.
Nonprofits and Profit. What Is Taxable?
Nonprofits use business activities to supplement their income. But are they related to the nonprofit mission? And, what are the tax implications?
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.
Can a Nonprofit Pay a Grant Writer as a...
Is it ethical to compensate a professional grant writer as a percentage of the grant he or she brings in?
All About Donations and Credit Cards
Confused by the world of credit cards? Here's what nonprofits need to know.
Three Ways to Identify a Major Donor
Major donors are closer than you think. They are lurking in your volunteer ranks, in your donor list, and on your social networks. Here's how to identify them.
Strategic Social Marketing for Nonprofits
Social marketing is a lot like regular marketing except that you are trying to promote behavioral change such as cessation of smoking or safe sex.
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.
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.
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