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Should You Start a Nonprofit? 5 Questions to Ask First

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It is relatively easy to file the paperwork to start a nonprofit organization. The question is if you should start a new nonprofit. Being a charity is much more than filing a form. Successful nonprofit founders invest years of their lives, almost always as volunteers, to put together their organizations. It takes time, money, resources, […]

5 Best Year-End Fundraising Strategies

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Is your nonprofit overlooking strategies for year-end fundraising? Probably!  Here are 5 of the best tactics you might not have considered that can help boost your giving results this year. (More tips for year end here.)   Year-End Fundraising Strategy #1: Focus on increasing gift amounts from current donors New is not always better – […]

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 […]

Charity Navigator vs. CharityWatch: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

charity-navigator vs charity-watch

If you work in the nonprofit sector, you have probably heard of Charity Navigator and CharityWatch. You also probably know that they are two of the top “watchdog” websites to keep track of your nonprofit. But do you know who is using each site? How it affects your donors or potential donors? Or how each […]

Gun Violence Research And Public Funding for Gun Ranges – What Nonprofits Need To Know

gun violence research and public funding for gun ranges

What should the government do with tax revenues? This is the age-old question of appropriations that applies to all Americans. As more and more federal grant dollars are drying up, nonprofits might be particularly concerned with how tax dollars or public revenues are re-granted – and to whom. Millions of dollars are granted annually to […]

Why Your Nonprofit Needs a GuideStar Seal and How to Get One

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Every nonprofit needs to take time to create a rated GuideStar profile. Why? Because not only is GuideStar visited by 8 million people annually. It also directly links your information to Facebook Fundraisers and dozens of other top fundraising and social media sites. Here is everything you need to know about GuideStar – what it […]

Why Fundraising Is Important

It seems obvious why fundraising is important: to raise funds for needed items, services and programs. Yet, raising funds has so many other benefits besides the obvious. Often, budgets get cut, or less than ideal family situations mean that children have to go without things or activities that their classmates receive, and later life opportunities […]

Integrating Event Registration with Mobile Fundraising

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As event registration, online ticketing, and mobile fundraising become more popular among event hosts, we’ve seen fundraising hosts become more adept at using each tool. While many use event registration and mobile fundraising to improve their donors’ experiences and increase proceeds, very few groups are combining both to create a seamless end-to-end experience. In today’s […]

How School Fundraising is Impacted by Health Policies

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Money or Health – Which comes first? Should schools cut the candy fundraising addiction? Perhaps a better question is, can they? According to PTO Today, schools raise more than $1.5 billion annually. At the top of the sales list are candy, catalogs (which contain candy) and gift wrap. To add fuel to the fire, schools […]

Advantages of Small Non-Profits

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Small but powerful isn’t a statement often associated with nonprofits. Bigger, better known organizations have obvious advantages over their smaller counterparts. Does this mean that small nonprofits can never be powerful agents for change? Not at all. So, what advantages do small non-profits have over large non-profits?   Who you callin’ small? What do we […]

4 Ways Foreign Aid Helps Your Community

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It is logical to think “Why give tax dollars and charitable dollars abroad when so many people are suffering in America?” The reality, however, is that there is a long list of seemingly unconnected benefits to Americans for giving tax dollars as well as private dollars as foreign aid. Those benefits are tangible and intangible […]

5 Clever Ways To Boost Donations – Fundraising in the New Presidential Era

fundraising in a new presidential era - 5 clever ways to boost donations

Every new president brings policy and economic changes that affect charities and their fundraising.  Possibly never before has the nation been so uncertain about the future than with the new Trump administration, however. Changes can be good for you – if you adapt with them to keep being successful. Here is what you need to know about how […]

The 5 Whys: What Toyota Can Teach Your Nonprofit

5 whys what toyota can teach your nonprofit

The intersection of nonprofits and big business was almost unthinkable a few decades ago – unless of course, the big business in question was making a substantial donation to the latest campaign. Fast forward to today and nonprofits are tapping into classic business strategies to find success in the escalating battle to deliver more services […]

17 Mistakes Fundraisers Can Stop Making Now

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The nonprofit world is unique. We’re mostly people here because the robot that can do our job has yet to be invented. Mistakes and blunders can and do happen. This is the measure of what makes us human, along with our compassion, drive, integrity, loyalty, not to mention conviction and impressive fortitude. Think for a […]

The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle: Can Penniless Charities Help the Hungry?

nonprofit starvation cycle

The nonprofit starvation cycle is a grim truth, the not-so-hidden, murky underbelly of the social benefit sector. The sad reality is the majority of nonprofit organizations are trapped in a vicious progression of inadequacy and chronic under-funding. This toxic cycle has been the omnipresent, dark cloud on the nonprofit horizon. With funders, donors and grantees […]