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    Updated Articles and Resources
    • 10 Ways to Shop for Good Created: Sunday, August 23, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      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.
    • What Is a Business Plan and Why Do I Need One for My Nonprofit? Created: Sunday, September 30, 2007 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      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.
    • Is Your Nonprofit Board Helping You or Hurting You? Created: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Your board of directors can be a help or a hindrance. Here are some characteristics of a healthy board. Use them to evaluate yours.
    • Ask Yourself These 7 Questions Before You Start a Nonprofit Created: Sunday, April 10, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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 dupli...
    • 501(c)(3) Charity Created: Friday, March 10, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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.
    • Nonprofit Mission Statements - Examples Created: Saturday, February 12, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Kiva brands itself with a simple and eloquent mission statement.
    • What Is an Unincorporated Nonprofit Association? Created: Saturday, July 11, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      There are many small, loosely orgaanized organizations that we often call nonprofits. They may actually be unincorporated nonprofit associations.
    • 8 Tips for Writing a Fundraising Letter Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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 Nonprofits Need to Know about Form 990 Created: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Form 990 allows the IRS and the public to evaluate nonprofits and how they operate. Almost all charitable organizations must file an annual 990.
    • How to Simplify Your Nonprofit’s Story to One Paragraph Created: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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.
    • Are All Nonprofits Tax-Exempt? Created: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Are all nonprofits tax-exempt? There is more than one way to be tax-exempt, and there are many kinds of nonprofits.
    • Can paid staff members serve on a nonprofit's board? Created: Monday, March 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Most nonprofits draw a line between the board and paid staff. That's because of the risk of conflict of interest.
    • A Guide to Volunteer Board Service - A Review Created: Saturday, April 24, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Serving on a volunteer board of directors can be a study in frustration or one of the great pleasures of your life.
    • Guide to Volunteer Opportunities Online Created: Thursday, January 29, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      It has never been easier to volunteer. Just let your fingers do the searching with these online volunteer matching services." itemprop="description">
    • Three Ways to Identify a Major Donor Created: Sunday, January 13, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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." itemprop="d="$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop...
    • Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Apply for Foundation Grants? Created: Friday, December 03, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Knowing what grant makers look for in the nonprofits that they fund is crucial to making sure that your organization is ready to apply." itemprop="description" Thursday, March 30, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, enacted to govern publicly-held companies, provides a blueprint for nonprofits that want to ensure financial responsibility and transparency.
    • What Is a Nonprofit? Created: Saturday, March 29, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Just what is a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business?
    • How to Choose Fundraising Products Created: Sunday, July 23, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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." itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
    • What happens if we change our mission statement? Do we have to report it? Created: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      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.
    • PayPal Is Credit Card Processing Option for Nonprofits Created: Sunday, April 19, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      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." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...
    • Better Grant Writing: From Muddled to Polished Created: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Grant writing takes good organizational skills, better than average writing ability, and a flair for story telling.
    • 3 Things You Must Include On Your Resume for a Nonprofit Job Created: Sunday, July 12, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      You really should write a different resume when applying for a nonprofit job. Here are three things you must include.
    • Thank You Letters Donors Will Love Created: Saturday, May 02, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      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.
    • 14 Creative Ways to Thank Volunteers Created: Monday, October 22, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      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 Find Your Dream Nonprofit Job Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      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.
    • FAQ's About Starting a Nonprofit Organization Created: Saturday, February 07, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      How do you start a nonprofit? Here are the most frequently asked questions we've received and their answers.
    • How to Write the Evaluation Section of Your Grant Proposal Created: Sunday, January 11, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Showing impact is a must for nonprofits. Devise a good evaluation plan and explain it well in your grant proposal. Foundations expect it." itemprop="description" Sunday, February 24, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • 7 Ways to Find a Great Volunteer Opportunity Created: Friday, January 23, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      Are you looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity? Use these tips to help you make the most of your volunteer experience.
    • Employee Matching Gift Programs - What They Are and How They Work Created: Saturday, March 23, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Matching employee charitable giving is fundamental to modern corporate philanthropy. But how do these programs work, and how can your charity benefit?
    • 6 Realities of Foundation Grants for Nonprofits Created: Saturday, March 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Foundation grants are important to nonprofits, but they might not play as big of a role in your financing as you think.

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