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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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 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.
Is Starting an Unincorporated Nonprofit...
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
'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.
3 Credit Card Processing Options for Nonprofits
Nonprofits who are fundraising online, there are a number of options for processing donations. Here are three basic types.
How 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.
Get Corporate Sponsorships for Your Small...
Even small organization can get corporate sponsorships. Follow these tips for success with sponsorships no matter what your organization's size.
3 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.
8 Ways Nonprofits Can Join the Visual Marketing...
Are you prowling your nonprofit with your smartphone, snapping informal, candid images? It's really that easy to generate great visuals for your social content marketing.
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.
14 Examples of Nonprofit Mission Statements
Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
8 Grant Writing Myths Busted
Starting a grants program for your small nonprofit isn't a slam dunk, but many organizations buy into myths that hold them back from a good source of funding.
What 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Write an Executive Summary of a Grant...
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.
4 Common Nonprofit Mistakes
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
What Makes a Great Nonprofit Board?
Find the right board members and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your nonprofit.
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a...
Do you have the skills to start a nonprofit? An original idea? There are well over one million nonprofit organizations in the US, so make sure you are adding something to the mix and not just duplicating what another organization is doing.
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 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.
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.
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.
What Are Bylaws and Why Does My Nonprofit Need...
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
8 Worthwhile Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit
When you want to help a cause, your first thought may be to start a new nonprofit. But that is a risky business. Consider these alternatives instead. There are lots of ways you can serve a cause.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
What is a Faith-Based Nonprofit?
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Thank a Donor by Email
Email thank-yous to donors can be routine, or they can jump off the screen like this one from Charity: water does. Here are five practices that will make yours just as memorable.
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.
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 Share Client Stories Without Risking...
Stories are key to all fundraising appeals. But what if your organization works with at-risk people? How do you tell their stories?
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.
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 Find Volunteer Opportunities Online
It has never been easier to volunteer. Just let your fingers do the searching with these online volunteer matching services.
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.
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.
7 Ways for Nonprofits to Avoid Social Media...
Feeling overwhelmed by social media? Here's how to regain control before you lose your mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Donor Disclosures
Charities must abide by certain IRS disclosure rules to stay out of trouble and to be fair to their donors. Here are the most important requirements.
What Is a Nonprofit?
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business? What does tax-exempt mean?
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) takes many forms today, from direct philanthropy, adhering to accepted ethical practices, and being environmentally friendly.
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?
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 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.
Annual Funds Still Have a Special Place in...
The annual fund still earns its keep in nonprofit fundraising. Research shows that it plays a big part in charities reaching yearly fundraising goals.
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.
6 Content Ideas for Your Nonprofit Website
Expand your ideas about what you should put on your nonprofit's website. Here are ideas and a bundle of examples from leading nonprofit organizations.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 Is Corporate Philanthropy?
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
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.
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.
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 to Do Good Without Starting a New Nonprofit
Some organizations combine a for-profit entity and a nonprofit into a hybrid structure.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Grant Proposal Writing Tips
Writing a grant proposal is different from other writing you might do for your nonprofit. With grants, slow, steady, and organized work better than flights of fancy.
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.
Does Our Nonprofit Board Need Liability...
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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.
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.
How to Write Better Fundraising Materials by...
Are you just dashing off your fundraising materials? Stop. Take time to think about the four personalities of your readers.
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.
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?
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.
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