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Raising Funds and Raising Spirits: Keep Your Group Motivated

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The goal of this article is to motivate you to think about motivation. The most brilliant Fundraising ideas can produce disappointing results if people are not motivated to implement them. There will be no plan of action in what follows, but rather our thoughts intended to provoke your thoughts. To motivate is to stimulate an […]

Tips for Creating Community Awareness for Your Nonprofit

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There is no question that nonprofits are full of passion and zeal. They are firmly convinced that there is a problem in society that needs to be corrected, or a service that should be provided for the common good. But what if a smaller nonprofit has difficulty connecting with the community they wish to serve? […]

Seven Criteria to Consider when Selecting Fundraising Software

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If your nonprofit or community organization is hosting a fundraising event, one of your first decisions will be deciding how to manage your fundraising campaign. With the many online fundraising software options available today, there is no reason for your organization to struggle with the paperwork and tedious management processes used in the past. With […]

Don’t Stop: On-Going Data Collection for Nonprofit Grants Proposals

Nonprofit organizations must always be on the lookout for funding possibilities. Whether these are foundation grants, community awards, or gifts from various corporations, the charity has to be in a position to request sizable donations. The reason is very simple: these types of awards are much larger than could be obtained from bake sales and […]

Learn from Grant Writers’ Hindsight

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Grants writing can be a discipline, a skill, or an art form. It all depends on whom it is you are talking to. Learning how to write a grant sometimes is the consequence of on-the-job experience and grant writers will often admit to superior hindsight. They won’t hesitate to talk about those things which, had […]

Tips For Tweaking Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Presence

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Many nonprofit organizations have already signed up for Twitter, Google+ and Facebook accounts, and others are looking at Pinterest and Instagram. Social media is great – if the given platform is actually used and used to its full potential. Perhaps it’s time to scrutinize the platforms you’ve signed up with and make some changes to […]

Why Your Non-Profit Should Use Pinterest and Instagram

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A nonprofit organization has to communicate what its mission is, how it plans to achieve objectives, and why donating money to its cause is so important. You can can spend hours writing thousands of words but there are times when that really isn’t necessary. The old adage, “a picture is worth 1000 words” is very […]

The 990 Form for Tax Exempt Organization

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Everyone is gearing up for fundraising and other activities in January. There is a lot on everyone’s plate, and budgets have to be prepared for board approval. Depending on your fiscal year you may also have to complete the IRS 990 Form. It is a tax filing that every nonprofit organization has to complete annually. […]

The Great Value of Mini Grants

A startup nonprofit is often rich in sweat equity. Eager volunteers are full of enthusiasm and gladly donate hours of time to the new organization. This can work well at the beginning but it does come to a point where money is needed. The challenge is that a new charity has no track record or […]

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Get Ready for Grant Submission Season

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The last few weeks of the year are a good time to take stock of things and at the same time look ahead to the coming year. Nonprofit organizations rely to some degree on the ability to secure grants in a usually very competitive market. The better prepared the organization is for the active grant […]

3 Biggest Reasons Nonprofits Still Aren’t Using Mobile Donations

Like it or not, the world’s gone mobile. People have their smartphones with them everywhere they go; they research purchases before buying; they click to purchase from wherever they are. By 2015, experts say the mobile industry should account for as much as $1 trillion in worldwide transactions, according to Heavy Reading’s Mobile Networks Insider […]

Boost Year End Giving: 19 Tips For Your Holiday Party

A significant amount of donors wait until year end to give to non-profits, and it can be difficult to get their attention and stand out with everyone else asking for their gifts. End of year is also the season to convert prospects in the holiday spirit into new donors. But the end of the year […]

Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving begins the holiday season for Americans. It is a time of year when people feel generous and want to share their good fortune with those in need. Once Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are over, enter #GivingTuesday. What is #GivingTuesday? “#GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving […]

5 Tips for Throwing an LGBT Friendly Fundraiser

Whether you’re raising money for an LGBT specific cause or any other cause, throwing a fundraiser that welcomes LGBT folks opens up your group to a wider supporter base, shows goodwill on your part and that you are paying attention to societal shifts. While having a fundraiser that caters to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender […]

How a New Non-profit Can Get Funding

Nonprofit organizations in the early stages are full of enthusiasm and ideas but low on cash. Fundraisers such as bake sales and organized marathons will generate contributions, but grants can often provide much larger amounts of needed money. Some nonprofits are a bit intimidated with grants writing and are afraid they’ll be unsuccessful. Failure is […]