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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 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.
7 Ways to Start a Successful Nonprofit
Do you want to save the world or a small piece of it? If so, you may dream of starting a nonprofit. But bring your head as well as your heart to it.
What's Different About a Nonprofit?
There are more differences between a for-profit business and a nonprofit than just foregoing a profit. Nonprofits have special purposes, restrictions, and regulations.
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 Do Your Volunteers Want?
Volunteers are not that hard to please. Here are a few things they have a right to expect from you.
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.
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.
What is a Business Plan and Why Do I Need One...
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. include.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Nonprofits Need to Know about Form 990
Form 990 allows the IRS and the public to evaluate nonprofits and how they operate. Almost all charitable organizations must file an annual 990.
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?
8 Tips for Writing a Fundraising Letter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
What Is an Unincorporated Nonprofit Association?
There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
501(c)(3) Charity
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nonprofit Mission Statements - Examples
Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
Common Nonprofit Startup Mistakes
Avoid these common nonprofit startup mistakes and get your nonprofit off the ground successfully.
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 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.
Recruiting Volunteers - Three Approaches
Recruiting volunteers takes a bit of art, planning, and charm. Here are three approaches you will want to consider.
Ask Yourself These 7 Questions Before You Start...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Endowment
A well funded endowment is one way to ensure ongoing financial support for a nonprofit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding Nonprofit Jobs Online
Thank heavens for online job sites. They make today's job hunting so much easier. Here are our favorite sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is an EIN?
Does having a tax id number make you a nonprofit?
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
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.
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.
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.
What Is a Faith-Based Nonprofit?
What is a faith-based organization? How do these organizations fit into the overall scheme of nonprofits?
Sample of a Letter to a Corporation Requesting...
This is page 2 of a sample letter to a corporation requesting a gift-in-kind.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sample of a Grant Proposal's Need Statement
Here is a sample of the need statement of a grant proposal. Page 2.
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.
What Are Bylaws? Why Does My Nonprofit Need Them?
Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of an organization.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Cause-Related Marketing: What You Need to Know
Cause marketing has exploded in recent years. Nonprofits of all sizes are developing cause marketing campaigns. Before you hop on, read about cause marketing's history and how it works.
How to Write 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 Qualify For and Apply For Nonprofit...
A perk of nonprofit status is nonprofit postage rates. Here is how you can apply for this privilege.
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.
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?
How To Write a Volunteer Position Description
You'd never hire paid staff without having a position description in place. Job descriptions are just as important for your volunteers.
Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Apply for Foundation...
Knowing what grant makers look for in the nonprofits that they fund is crucial to making sure that your organization is ready to apply for grants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do I Have to File for IRS Tax Exempt Status to...
Does your charitable organization have register with the IRS for tax-exempt status?
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 Volunteer Application Form?
Nonprofit organizations really do need to be careful about who is volunteering for them. An adequate volunteer application form is essential.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Tips for Print Materials That Appeal to...
Your donors and volunteers are aging. Are your print materials age appropriate? If not, you will lose some of your best supporters to other organizations. Here's how to get it right.
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.
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.
Corporate Philanthropy
Corporations are a major source of funding for nonprofits. Learn what corporate philanthropy means and the forms it can take.
Nonprofit - IRS Classifications
More IRS Classifications for nonprofit organizations. Page 2.
Before Starting a Nonprofit, Consider Other...
The choice between for-profit and nonprofit is not always black and white. There are for-profit and hybrid organizations that can set up to perform social good.
How and Why to Make Endowment Fundraising a...
Setting up and funding an endowment should be a priority for nonprofit boards and management. Endowment income provides a steady source of support for years into the future.
Donor Retention: How to Keep Donors Coming Back...
Retention of donors after that first gift is a terrible problem for nonprofits. How do you keep donors coming back?
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.
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?
Three Ways to Identify a Major Donor
Major donors are closer than you think. They are lurking in your volunteer ranks, in your donor list, and on your social networks. Here's how to identify them.
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.
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.
The Essentials of a Fundraising News Release
Fundraising for your nonprofit might not be the sexiest topic to pitch to a reporter. But, if done right, your fundraising news release could result in a feature story.
Does a Master's Degree Help a Nonprofit Career?
Does a graduate degree help in getting, keeping, and advancing in nonprofit careers? It's a hard question with opinions on both sides. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Can a Nonprofit Pay a Grant Writer as a...
Is it ethical to compensate a professional grant writer as a percentage of the grant he or she brings in?
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.
Board Members and Financial Conflicts of Interest
Sometimes even seemingly simple things can be conflicts of interest when you serve on a nonprofit board. Here are six ways to avoid getting into trouble.
What Is an EIN and Why Does My Nonprofit Need...
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.
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?
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.
Helping Charity One Step at a Time
Millions of people run, walk, and ride for charity every year. They are all interested in giving back, raising awareness of a cause, and staying in shape along the way.
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 paid staff members serve on a nonprofit's...
Most nonprofits draw a line between the board and paid staff. That's because of the risk of conflict of interest.
PayPal Is Credit Card Processing Option for...
PayPal is a popular website for processing credit card donations. It's easy to set up, and funds can flow right into the nonprofit's bank account.
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 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.
What Is a Nonprofit?
Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business?
Does Our Nonprofit Board Need Liability...
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Should You Pay to Volunteer Abroad?
International volunteer work can be a great way to both see the world and be a good global citizen. It doesn't come free, however. It is common to pay for the privilege of volunteering.
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 Needs Assessment and Why Do I Need...
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.
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 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.

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