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How to Write a Winning Proposal for Your Nonprofit Program

winning proposals

Every nonprofit project benefits from a winning proposal, whether your organization is seeking grant funding, individual donations, or just a clear, strategic picture of what you are doing and why. This part of fundraising and project planning is often the most difficult for nonprofits, though it doesn’t have to be. Any project or program can […]

Planned Giving – How Even the Smallest Nonprofits Can Use It

The legal and tax components of planned gifts often seem so complicated that small nonprofits rule them out as a funding strategy. But ignoring planned giving could equate to ignoring new opportunities for major donors! Plus resources and support services to demystify planned giving make it much simpler for even the smallest of nonprofits to […]

The 4 Best and Worst Ways to Accept Donations

accepting donations

Fundraising is a hard enough task for your nonprofit – but you also need to think about how those donors are going to give to you while you ask them for a gift. Payment processing and grant management can be administrative nightmares for nonprofit managers that create more headache and cost than the value of […]

Keep Donors Giving! 7 Steps for Building a Donor Cultivation Strategy

donor cultivation strategy

“Cultivation” is development jargon for maintaining the relationships with your donors necessary to convince them to maintain and potentially increase their giving to your organization. Think of your donor pool like the plants in your garden – each variety needs different amounts of water, fertilizer, nutrients, space, sun, and pruning. Your donors are individuals that […]

4 Steps to Turn Your Nonprofit Blog Into a Donation Magnet

tips for nonprofit blog

I see it happen all the time on nonprofit websites: a blog that starts with gusto but then trails off into oblivion like an aging cowboy into the sunset. You’ve probably seen them too. So when your board says, “Hey, we should start a blog!” you may wince at the image of your blog lying […]

Helpful Tips for a Successful Charity Fundraising Event – Interview with Teresa Mathers

Helpful tips for a successful charity fundraising event

Last week I met up with Teresa Mathers and asked her about her experiences working for many different charities in different roles wearing many different hats for the last 25 years. She currently volunteers for the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society and is Vice President of membership. I asked Teresa a few questions about what […]

Improve Your Nonprofit’s Brand Image – 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

Improve your nonprofit's brand image

Nonprofits need a powerful brand image to compete in an ever growing pool of charities.  More than 1.5 million nonprofits are now registered in the United States, and the ones that best relay their mission, purpose, uniqueness, and efficacy with a clear, consistent message are the ones that are succeeding in both raising funds and […]

Starting a New Nonprofit? 10 Things You Need to Know to Make it a Success

How to start a nonprofit

Congratulations! So you’re launching a new nonprofit, a brand new organization unique to your community. It’s an important decision to commit to social change, but now what? Where do you and your team go from here? A resilient nonprofit startup needs a vital mission, consistent and varied income streams, good accountability, and high-quality programs and […]

What You Need to Know About Branding Your Nonprofit

What you need to know about branding for your nonprofit

Branding has taken on new meaning in the nonprofit world. Your brand can not only serve as a catalyst for more efficient fundraising but also as a tool for community engagement and advancing your mission to the next level. In fact, your brand could be your greatest asset and provide organizational efficiency and cohesion for […]

3 Forms of Corporate Philanthropy

Nonprofit professionals know better than anyone just how difficult it can be to find funding. It’s a limited resource for a massive field of qualified and deserving candidates. As that field gets more and more crowded, fundraisers have to get more and more creative with how they acquire donors. Corporate giving is a donation avenue […]

5 Basics to Begin Donor Segmentation

Do you remember the saying, “Begin with the end in mind,” that great bit of advice given by the late Stephen Covey? In the business of growing nonprofits, how would this principle apply to one of our biggest assets, our donors? Successful donor segmentation from the start is a key strategy to great donor communications […]

Quick Quiz! What Fundraising Mix is Most Effective for Your Nonprofit?

What is your most effective fundraising mix?

Don’t waste thousands of dollars in planning and hundreds of hours going after the wrong funding opportunities! Take our quick quiz to determine what a good fundraising mix is for your particular organization:     Question 1: How have you supported your organization to date? We haven’t! We’re just getting started. (1 point) We have […]

Get Ready for Fall Fundraising! 12 Tips for Your Nonprofit

Fall fundraising

August may be the slowest month for nonprofit fundraising in the entire calendar year – so use it to your advantage to plan, be on your toes, and be successful in the fall! Here are 12 helpful tips to start preparing for your nonprofit’s fall fundraising. 1. Set your fall fundraising goals Follow this easy […]

Checkout Charity: Good For Small Local Nonprofits?

Checkout charity – or point-of-sale fundraising – is big business for national nonprofits. But the question here is: Can this type of fundraiser work for smaller, local organizations? Stores everywhere are getting involved, restaurants too and even local utility companies. After all, what harm is there in asking for a dollar or two to support […]

9 Reasons Why Fundraising is Important for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofits too often look at fundraising only as a means to making money to accomplish their agendas and pay their staff, so much so that they neglect to integrate fundraising into their plan as a whole. Nonprofits that do incorporate fundraising and development into their organizational strategy are the ones that end up being successful, […]