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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.
Your grant proposal cover letter is one of the most important parts of your proposal package. Use these tips to make it perfect.
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.
When asking for a donation, a gift-in-kind, or services from a corporation, write a letter spelling out exactly what you need.
Do you have to beg your board members to fundraise? Try talking about financing rather than fundraising. It can make a huge difference.
New to fundraising? Confused? There are so many ways to raise funds, but we do know which have the best ROI. Try those first.
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.
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.
Thank you letters are the core of your entire fundraising program. Here are ten tips for making them sparkle.
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.
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 are the responsibilities of a board of directors of a nonprofit? They are more defined and important than you might think.
Corporations are big spenders on sponsorships with nonprofit organizations and causes. To get your fair share of those sponsorships, you have to speak the language of business.
How 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.
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'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.
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?
A well funded endowment is one way to ensure ongoing financial support for a nonprofit.
Facebook is still worth it for nonprofits, especially if you use these 5 types of posts.
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.
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.
Is your nonprofit organization trying to decide whether to incorporate or not? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to taking that step.
Form 990 allows the IRS and the public to evaluate nonprofits and how they operate. Almost all charitable organizations must file an annual 990.
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
Companies are more willing than ever to sponsor nonprofit events. But there are ways to make your case to them even more convincing.
There is some confusion around the differences between churches and religious organizations. Here are the main distinctions between the two.
Any nonprofit can and should have an endowment fundraising program. An endowment is essential to your future organizational financial security.
Recruiting volunteers takes a bit of art, planning, and charm. Here are three approaches you will want to consider.
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.
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.
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.
Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
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.
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 is the social problem your organization is planning to solve? The need statement is at the heart of your grant proposal.
Even small organization can get corporate sponsorships. Follow these tips for success with sponsorships no matter what your organization's size.
These publications are the most widely consulted in the nonprofit sector. They are must-reads for anyone working in a nonprofit.
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.
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.
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.
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
Job descriptions for your volunteers can set expectation, spell out duties, and generally make life easier for them and 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.
Feeling overwhelmed by social media? Here's how to regain control before you lose your mind.
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.
More people than ever want a career that makes a difference. Here's how to find your ideal nonprofit job.
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.
Retention of donors after that first gift is a terrible problem for nonprofits. How do you keep donors coming back?
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
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.
Knowing what grant makers look for in the nonprofits that they fund is crucial to making sure that your organization is ready to apply.
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
Nonprofit organizations really do need to be careful about who is volunteering for them. An adequate volunteer application form is essential.
Capital campaigns are most often associated with building projects - brick and mortar. But they can help build endowments or meet other nonprofit financing needs.
Annual reports can help you demonstrate your accomplishments to current and future donors, cultivate new partnerships, and recognize important people.
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.
Applying for 501(c)(3) status is not easy. We have some suggestions and resources for you.
Find the right board members and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your nonprofit.
Car donations is an area of charity that is rife with fraud and misleading information. Here's how to avoid a scam.
Foundations are recovering slowly from the recession. Yet the will to make an impact remains strong. What does it take? Smarter grants.
Have you seen the new book by Joe Waters? It's all about business/nonprofit partnerships on steroids.
Thank heavens for online job sites. They make today's job hunting so much easier. Here are our favorite sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Special events can be a bust or a boon to nonprofits. Plan them carefully and make sure to have realistic goals.
Confused by crowdfunding? Here are some startling statistics and some great tips.
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
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.
Whether your nonprofit is in a large city or a small town, reaching your local media is essential to your public relations program.
Check out the infographic about Millennials in this roundup. Does it bust any of your stereotypes?
Instead of fancy baubles or plaques, find inexpensive and personal ways to thank your donors and connect them to your mission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Usually a brief proposal works best for a corporate foundation. Write a 2-pager and include this information.
The methods section of your nonprofit grant proposal should explain in depth just how your organization will carry out your project.
A disruptive board member can ruin board meetings and keep a nonprofit board from working smoothly as a team. What can be done?
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.
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.
Here are five ways TOMS Shoes is raising the bar for corporate social responsibility.
There are many types of nonprofit organizations. Some are tax exempt, but all serve the public good in some way.
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.
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.
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.
It's time to take the measure of social media for nonprofits. The September Nonprofit Blog Carnival is accepting submissions now.
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.
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?
It has never been easier to volunteer. Just let your fingers do the searching with these online volunteer matching services.
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.
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.
Finding grant opportunities and information about funders is an ongoing project for any grant seeker. Here are some of the best online sources.
How do you start a nonprofit? Here are the most frequently asked questions we've received and their answers.
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.
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.
A perk of nonprofit status is nonprofit postage rates. Here is how you can apply for this privilege.
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.
Computing is going to the cloud, donors are flocking to mobile, and silent auctions are migrating to the web.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Your nonprofit tagline should connect with your mission statement. Here are examples of winning taglines and how they reflect each organization's mission.
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.
Why do some fundraising appeals work and others fall on their faces? Human psychology is to blame.
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.
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.
Online fundraising is growing fast. Here are the steps to get your nonprofit started or to make your existing program better.
There are so many places to put your charitable dollars today. Consider these charities that are both effective and working to end global poverty.
These days, you are as likely to be pitching your nonprofit story idea to a blogger as to a traditional media outlet. Here are 5 steps to doing it right.
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A social good purpose can be added to a business enterprise by its board or owner.
Most nonprofits draw a line between the board and paid staff. That's because of the risk of conflict of interest.
It is no longer a question of is your nonprofit marketing online. It's really about how effectively you're doing it. Here is a guide that will help you get beyond the basics.
Does your nonprofit need to hire a professional grant writer? Here are the pros and cons.
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.
There are many ways companies spread their charitable dollars. Here are seven of the most common types of corporate giving programs.
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.
A volunteer can provide as much value over the years as a major donor. Are you thanking your volunteers often, creatively, and sincerely?
Even an online donor will love getting your charity’s thank you through the mail. Donors are deluged with email, so make a memory -- send a thank you letter through the mail.
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.
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.
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business? What does tax-exempt mean?
Small nonprofits can successfully compete for foundation grants. But how much should they depend on grants, and where should they look for them?
Grant writing takes good organizational skills, better than average writing ability, and a flair for story telling.
What do you do if your nonprofit organization's bylaws are changed? Do you have to report that to the IRS or not?
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.
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.
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.
I'm not sure that a thank-you letter is even important once you've set up a post-donation landing page such as this one from charity:water.
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.