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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.
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.
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.
Your grant proposal cover letter is one of the most important parts of your proposal package. Use these tips to make it perfect.
When asking for a donation, a gift-in-kind, or services from a corporation, write a letter spelling out exactly what you need.
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.
New to fundraising? Confused? There are so many ways to raise funds, but we do know which have the best ROI. Try those first.
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.
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.
Thank you letters are the core of your entire fundraising program. Here are ten tips for making them sparkle.
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'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.
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.
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.
Here are five ways TOMS Shoes is raising the bar for corporate social responsibility.
Online charitable giving is here to stay. Here are four websites that are excellent places to start your search for charitable causes.
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.
What are the responsibilities of a board of directors of a nonprofit? They are more defined and important than you might think.
A well funded endowment is one way to ensure ongoing financial support for a nonprofit.
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?
These publications are the most widely consulted in the nonprofit sector. They are must-reads for anyone working in a nonprofit.
Companies are more willing than ever to sponsor nonprofit events. But there are ways to make your case to them even more convincing.
Any nonprofit can and should have an endowment fundraising program. An endowment is essential to your future organizational financial security.
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.
Facebook is still worth it for nonprofits, especially if you use these 5 types of posts.
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
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.
Nonprofits who are fundraising online, there are a number of options for processing donations. Here are three basic types.
What is the social problem your organization is planning to solve? The need statement is at the heart of your grant proposal.
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.
Recruiting volunteers takes a bit of art, planning, and charm. Here are three approaches you will want to consider.
Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
Is your nonprofit organization trying to decide whether to incorporate or not? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to taking that step.
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.
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.
There is some confusion around the differences between churches and religious organizations. Here are the main distinctions between the two.
Even small organization can get corporate sponsorships. Follow these tips for success with sponsorships no matter what your organization's size.
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.
More people than ever want a career that makes a difference. Here's how to find your ideal nonprofit job.
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.
Form 990 allows the IRS and the public to evaluate nonprofits and how they operate. Almost all charitable organizations must file an annual 990.
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.
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.
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.
Foundations are recovering slowly from the recession. Yet the will to make an impact remains strong. What does it take? Smarter grants.
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.
Have you seen the new book by Joe Waters? It's all about business/nonprofit partnerships on steroids.
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.
Job descriptions for your volunteers can set expectation, spell out duties, and generally make life easier for them and you.
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.
Annual reports can help you demonstrate your accomplishments to current and future donors, cultivate new partnerships, and recognize important people.
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
Confused by crowdfunding? Here are some startling statistics and some great tips.
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
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.
Check out the infographic about Millennials in this roundup. Does it bust any of your stereotypes?
Car donations is an area of charity that is rife with fraud and misleading information. Here's how to avoid a scam.
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.
Capital campaigns are most often associated with building projects - brick and mortar. But they can help build endowments or meet other nonprofit financing needs.
Applying for 501(c)(3) status is not easy. We have some suggestions and resources for you.
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.
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.
Computing is going to the cloud, donors are flocking to mobile, and silent auctions are migrating to the web.
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
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.
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
Feeling overwhelmed by social media? Here's how to regain control before you lose your mind.
Find the right board members and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your nonprofit.
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?
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.
What drives companies to sponsor charity events? Knowing what motivates businesses to become sponsors can help you plan your pitch to them.
Thank heavens for online job sites. They make today's job hunting so much easier. Here are our favorite sites.
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.
You'd never hire paid staff without having a position description in place. Job descriptions are just as important for your volunteers.
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.
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.
Instead of fancy baubles or plaques, find inexpensive and personal ways to thank your donors and connect them to your mission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Special events can be a bust or a boon to nonprofits. Plan them carefully and make sure to have realistic goals.
Finding grant opportunities and information about funders is an ongoing project for any grant seeker. Here are some of the best online sources.
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?
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.
Do you have to beg your board members to fundraise? Try talking about financing rather than fundraising. It can make a huge difference.
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.
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.
The methods section of your nonprofit grant proposal should explain in depth just how your organization will carry out your project.
There are many types of nonprofit organizations. Some are tax exempt, but all serve the public good in some way.
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.
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.
A disruptive board member can ruin board meetings and keep a nonprofit board from working smoothly as a team. What can be done?
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.
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.
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.
How can you make your charity auction better? Here are 20 ideas from actual auction managers.
Should your nonprofit take your auctions online? Here's why they work, and some reasons why they may not.
Your nonprofit tagline should connect with your mission statement. Here are examples of winning taglines and how they reflect each organization's mission.
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.
Showing impact is a must for nonprofits. Devise a good evaluation plan and explain it well in your grant proposal. Foundations expect it.
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 do you start a nonprofit? Here are the most frequently asked questions we've received and their answers.
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?
Grant writing takes good organizational skills, better than average writing ability, and a flair for story telling.
Usually a brief proposal works best for a corporate foundation. Write a 2-pager and include this information.
It has never been easier to volunteer. Just let your fingers do the searching with these online volunteer matching services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can the board members of a nonprofit be held personally liable for debts should the nonprofit fail?
A volunteer can provide as much value over the years as a major donor. Are you thanking your volunteers often, creatively, and sincerely?
Block grants are a way for the Federal government to channel funds to state or local governments, who in turn distribute them to service providers.
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.
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.
Are you looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity? Use these tips to help you make the most of your volunteer experience.
A new fundraising classic is born! Roger Craver's new book on how to retain donors just might boost your nonprofit's bottom line by thousands of dollars.
Does your nonprofit need to hire a professional grant writer? Here are the pros and cons.
It's time to take the measure of social media for nonprofits. The September Nonprofit Blog Carnival is accepting submissions now.
There are so many places to put your charitable dollars today. Consider these charities that are both effective and working to end global poverty.
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.
There are many ways companies spread their charitable dollars. Here are seven of the most common types of corporate giving programs.
Why do some fundraising appeals work and others fall on their faces? Human psychology is to blame.
A perk of nonprofit status is nonprofit postage rates. Here is how you can apply for this privilege.
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.
Is it ethical to compensate a professional grant writer as a percentage of the grant he or she brings in?
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.
Not every email subject line is going to win an award, but more of yours can win the click with a little effort and attention.
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.
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.
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business? What does tax-exempt mean?
Most nonprofits draw a line between the board and paid staff. That's because of the risk of conflict of interest.
Small nonprofits can successfully compete for foundation grants. But how much should they depend on grants, and where should they look for them?
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.
A social good purpose can be added to a business enterprise by its board or owner.
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.
Online auctions are a cost-effective way for charities to expand their reach and engage supporters willing to donate but who for reasons of geography, babysitters or other conflicts find themselves unable to attend the annual gala or other live event.
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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.
When you incorporate as a nonprofit, the state in which you incorporate will require articles of incorporation to be filed.
We have samples of some sections of grant proposals scattered throughout our articles, but here are some other sources.
What do you do if your nonprofit organization's bylaws are changed? Do you have to report that to the IRS or not?
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?