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Nonprofit Charitable Orgs: Most Popular Articles

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How to Move Your Nonprofit Board from...
Do you have to beg your board members to fundraise? Try talking about financing rather than fundraising. It can make a huge difference.
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.
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.
10 Tips for Writing Donor Thank You Letters
The thank you letter is the core of your entire fundraising program. Don't take your donors for granted. Here are ten tips for making your thank you letters 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.
How to Write a Cover Letter for Your Grant...
Your grant proposal cover letter is one of the most important parts of your proposal package. Use these tips to make it perfect.
Where Do Nonprofits Get Their Revenue?
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.
9 Ways Nonprofits Can Attract and Attain...
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.
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.
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.
Favorite Interview Questions of 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?
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.
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.
What to Consider Before You Say Yes to 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.
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.
How to Use the Pixar Pitch for Nonprofit...
Telling a story is a pitch. So it has to be short, concise, and clear. Use this simple technique to get your nonprofit story under control.
Getting Your Grant Proposal Budget Right
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.
Sample Cover Letter for a Grant Proposal
There is no generic template of a cover letter for a grant proposal. Each is unique, but this sample does provide a model. Page 2.
How to Write a Nonprofit Mission Statement That...
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.
IRS Classifications for Nonprofits
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.
Your Nonprofit's First Board of Directors
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.
Is Starting an Unincorporated Nonprofit...
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
How to Write Goals and Objectives for Your...
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.
The 4 Best Websites for Charitable Giving Online
Online charitable giving is here to stay. You could hop around to individual charity websites, but there are dozens of websites where you can donate to causes of your choice and even set up your own fundraising campaign to help out your favorite charity. Here are four websites that are excellent places to start your search for charitable causes. They provide access to many charities in one place making it easier than ever to donate.
What Do Your Volunteers Want?
Volunteers are not that hard to please. Here are a few things they have a right to expect from you.
Sample of Letter to Corporation Requesting a...
When asking for a donation, a gift-in-kind, or services from a corporation, it is best to use a letter. Corporations generally prefer a letter, spelling out exactly what you need, rather than a more formal proposal such as you would provide to a foundation.
How Can My Small Charity Get Corporate...
Even small organization can get corporate sponsorships. Follow these tips for success with sponsorships no matter what your organization's size.
How to Start an Endowment for Your Nonprofit
Any nonprofit can and should have an endowment fundraising program. An endowment is essential to your future organizational financial security.
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.
How to Get Sponsors for Your Event
Companies are more willing than ever to sponsor nonprofit events. But there are ways to make your case to them even more convincing.
Have You Thought About Getting a Job in...
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.
Credit Card Processing Options for Nonprofit...
Nonprofits who are fundraising online, there are a number of options for processing donations. Here are three basic types.
Before You Incorporate as a Nonprofit - Pros &...
Is your nonprofit organization trying to decide whether to incorporate or not? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to taking that step.
Recruiting Volunteers - Three Approaches
Recruiting volunteers takes a bit of art, planning, and charm. Here are three approaches you will want to consider.
15 Examples of Nonprofit Mission Statements
Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
How to Find a Name for Your New 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.
What's the Difference Between a Church and a...
There is some confusion around the differences between churches and religious organizations. Here are the main distinctions between the two.
How to Create a Nonprofit Name that Everyone...
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.
How Do You 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.
4 Ways to Recognize a Nonprofit Organization
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.
Sample of a Grant Proposal's Executive Summary
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.
10 Tips for Writing a Great Annual Report
Annual reports can help you demonstrate your accomplishments to current and future donors, cultivate new partnerships, and recognize important people.
7 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before...
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.
How to Make the Most of Your Special Events
Special events are not a way to raise a lot of money immediately, but they can be a part of your strategic plan to cultivate future donations, and to boost your profile in the community.
How the IRS Classifies Nonprofit Organizations
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.
Finding Nonprofit Jobs Online
Thank heavens for online job sites. They make today's job hunting so much easier. Here are our favorite sites.
Common Nonprofit Startup Mistakes
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
Endowment
A well funded endowment is one way to ensure ongoing financial support for a nonprofit.
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.
An Interview for a Nonprofit Job Might Include...
Don't drive yourself crazy trying to think of what questions you'll be asked in your nonprofit job interview. Here are some favorites of interviewers. Page 3.
Interviewing for a Nonprofit Job? Be Ready for...
Nonprofit professionals recently told us their favorite interview questions for nonprofit job seekers. Do you have answers for these when you interview for that new nonprofit job? Page 2.
How to Write the Executive Summary of Your...
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.
Elements of a Business Plan for a Nonprofit...
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.
How Do I Apply for 501(c)(3) Status?
Applying for 501(c)(3) status is not easy. We have some suggestions and resources for you.
Does My Nonprofit Really Need to Apply for...
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 a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to a...
Many foundations now prefer that your nonprofit send a letter of inquiry (LOI) rather than a full grant proposal. Here are the elements that should be included and a sample of a letter of inquiry
Nonprofit Boards - Find Them, Feed Them, Put...
A great board of directors for your nonprofit is key to your success. Find the right board members, nurture them, and use their expertise, contacts, and reputation to grow your organization.
What Is a Donor Acknowledgement Letter?
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.
6 Steps to a Fundraising Plan for a New Nonprofit
A new nonprofit, just getting started with its fundraising, can be more than confused from all the advice and available tools. Here is a simple plan to get you started.
Volunteer Position Job Description - Sample
Job descriptions for your volunteers can set expectation, spell out duties, and generally make life easier for them and you.
14 Creative Ways to Thank Volunteers
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 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 Boot a Problem Board Member
A disruptive board member can ruin board meetings and keep a nonprofit board from working smoothly as a team. What can be done?
8 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.
Sample of a Letter to a Corporation Requesting...
This is page 2 of a sample letter to a corporation requesting a gift-in-kind.
I'm starting a nonprofit. When can I start...
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.
Car Donation to Charity - Know the Road Rules
Making a car donation to a worthy charity seems like a good move, but, unfortunately, car donation is an area of charity that is rife with fraud and misleading information. Here are the issues.
How to Write a Need Statement for Your Grant...
What is the social problem your organization is planning to solve? The need statement is at the heart of your grant proposal.
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.
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.
What Is a Faith-Based Nonprofit?
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
Writing a Great 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.
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.
Online Sources for Information on Grants and...
Finding grant opportunities and information about possible funders is an ongoing project for any grant seeker. There are dozens of resources for grant information and some of the best are online.
How Not to Lose Your Tax-Exempt Status
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.
What Is an EIN?
Does having a tax id number make you a nonprofit?
Responsibilities of Your Nonprofit Board of...
What are the responsibilities of a board of directors of a nonprofit? They are more defined and important than you might think.
Where Can I Find Financial Information About a...
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?
Sample of a Grant Proposal's Need Statement
Here is a sample of the need statement of a grant proposal. Page 2.
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 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.
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?
What Are Bylaws? Why Does My Nonprofit Need Them?
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
How Small Charities Can Find Corporate...
Small charities and other nonprofits can get corporate sponsorships for their events if they are organized and persistent. Here are more tips for finding sponsors. Page 2.
Why Do Companies Sponsor Charitable Events?
What drives companies to sponsor charity events? Knowing the motivations businesses have to become sponsor can help you plan your approach to a business.
How to Make Your Letter of Inquiry a Winner
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.
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.
How To Qualify For and Apply For Nonprofit...
A perk of nonprofit status is nonprofit postage rates. Here is how you can apply for this privilege.
A Guide to Nonprofit-Focused 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?
Online Fundraising: A Startup Guide
Online fundraising is growing fast. Here are the steps to get your nonprofit started or to make your existing program better.
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 Fiscal Sponsorship Works
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.
Safe Giving Guide for Donors
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 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.
Sample of a Letter of Inquiry
Letters of Inquiry can take many forms. The following is a fictitious sample of a LOI, but should not be considered the final word on the format that your organization might choose. Page 2.
7 Ways to Find a Perfect Volunteer Opportunity
Are you looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity? Use these tips to help you make the most of your volunteer experience.
Questions That May Be Asked at Your Nonprofit...
Is interviewing for a nonprofit job different than for a for-profit job? Perhaps. Here are some of the favorite questions nonprofit job interviewers ask job seekers. Page 4.
The Art of Recognizing and Thanking Your Donors
Instead of fancy baubles or plaques, find inexpensive and personal ways to thank your donors and connect them to your mission.
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.
Corporate Philanthropy
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
Nonprofit Organization
Nonprofit organizations are tax-exempt organizations dedicated to the public good.
How to Write Great 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.
Can a Nonprofit Charge Fees for Its 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.
Nonprofit - IRS Classifications
More IRS Classifications for nonprofit organizations. Page 2.
How to Write the Methods Section of Your Grant...
The methods section of your nonprofit grant proposal should explain in depth just how your organization will carry out your project.
Should We Hire a Professional Grant Writer?
You may be fortunate enough to have an experienced grant writer on staff, especially if your organization has a developed and long standing grants program. But for many nonprofits that is not so, and it might make sense to hire a grant professional or consultant, at least for a limited time.
How Many of These Questions Are You Ready For...
Wondering what you might be asked at your next nonprofit job interview? We asked nonprofit professionals what their favorite interview questions are. Page 5.
Donors and Volunteers Love a Handwritten Thank...
We may be in a high tech world, but that just means that high touch gestures like handwritten thank you notes make an even bigger impression on your charity's donors.
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.
Sample Press Release for Nonprofit
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.
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?
12 Social Media Tips 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.
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.
FAQ's About Starting a Nonprofit Organization
How do you start a nonprofit? Here are the most frequently asked questions we've received and their answers.
Why People Want to Work for Nonprofits
Wondering why people choose to work at nonprofit organizations? Here are some clues to the people friendly policies and cultures that are commonly found in nonprofits.
Why Grants Are Not the Answer to Your...
Foundation grants are important to nonprofits, but they might not play as big of a role in your financing as you think.
Guide to Volunteer Opportunities Online
It has never been easier to volunteer. Just let your fingers do the searching with these online volunteer matching services.
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.
Do I Have to File for IRS Tax Exempt Status to...
Does your charitable organization have register with the IRS for tax-exempt status?
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.
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?
When do I need to apply for 501(c)(3) tax...
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.
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.
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.
Before Starting a Nonprofit, Consider Other...
Some organizations combine a for-profit entity and a nonprofit into a hybrid structure. Page 4.
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.
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.
Do Changes in Our Nonprofit Bylaws Have to Be...
What do you do if your nonprofit organization's bylaws are changed? Do you have to report that to the IRS or not?
Sample of Methods Component for a Grant Proposal
There are lots of ways you can explain the methods you will use for your project. Here is one that is commonly used. Page 2.
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.
Consider the Pros and Cons of Cause-Related...
Find out the great things about cause marketing and some of the pitfalls. Page 2.
Sample Sustainability Section for Your Grant...
Here is a sample of the future funding, or sustainability, section of a grant proposal. Page 2.
Sample Evaluation Section for Your Grant Proposal
This is a short sample of an evaluation section from a grant proposal. Page 2.
What Is Unrelated Business Activity?
Most nonprofits engage in some kind of business activity to help support their organization. But, what activities are related and what are unrelated? And, what are the tax implications?
How to Develop a Grant Proposal Writing Process
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.
Marketing Your Nonprofit Online - Where to Start
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.
Can I Count My Volunteers' Hours as an In-Kind...
Volunteer time is worth quite a lot, and there are ways to calculate it and use it in your financial statements.
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.
New 990 Makes Nonprofit Fundraising Registratio...
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.
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.
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.
How to Choose Fundraising Products
Selling products is a popular fundraising activity for volunteer groups at churches and schools. Here are some tips to choose the best products and vendors.
How to Find a Fiscal Sponsor
How to you find a fiscal sponsor? What should you look for? How do you achieve a good fit with a fiscal sponsor? Page 2.
How to Choose Donor Management Software for...
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 Is a Nonprofit?
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business?
Better Grant Writing: From Muddled to Polished
Grant writing takes good organizational skills, better than average writing ability, and a flair for story telling.

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