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8 Best Practices for Small Nonprofits

Best practices for nonprofits

There’s a misconception among some smaller nonprofits that “best practices” is a notion that only applies to the big guys. Wrong! Even in the beginning, a two staff, three volunteer (and the office cat) organization can benefit from adopting a higher standard of conduct. Loosely collected under titles such as “guiding practices,” “principles and practices,” […]

5 Fundraising Lessons from the For-Profit World

nonprofit versus for profit fundraising

Just because the for-profit world has customers and clients and the nonprofit world has donors and volunteers doesn’t mean that they both can’t stand to learn from one another. Nonprofits have major gift donors, and for-profits have big spenders. Nonprofits have recurring donors, and for-profits have loyal customers. And the parallels continue. Running an organization […]

CRM Tools and Donor Management

crm tools

We all know donor management is the key to personalizing donor communications and a vital factor in donor retention. Segmenting and managing donors effectively makes for  better relationships and encourages future engagement. But what is the best way to get this accomplished? Enter CRM – Customer/Constituent Relationship Management tools.     What to use CRM […]

Our Most Popular Articles from 2015!

best nonprofit articles

Put your group on the fast track to achieving its best year by revisiting the strategies outlined in our most popular content of 2015! These are the articles our readers found most helpful and shareable, providing useful information and dynamic tools. While these articles cover a wide variety of issues, we’ve loosely grouped them in […]

Personal Fundraising – 5 Ways to Fund Your Creative Social Project

personal fundraising

From organizing a grassroots community improvement project to creating an eye-opening documentary to writing a nonfiction book about marginalized people, you can do a lot of good to make our world a better place! And you don’t necessarily need to use a crowdfunding platform. There are other resources for successful personal fundraising. If you are […]

How to Fundraise – A Guide for New Fundraisers

how to fundraise

New fundraisers have a lot to learn: not only does the job of a fundraiser require finding donors and soliciting gifts, but also building relationships, tracking finances, writing proposals, planning events, strategizing, and organizing volunteers. Hardly any other job demands such a broad range of skills! For this ‘How to Fundraise’ guide, we’ve assembled the […]

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 […]