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Fundraising Planning In 2018: Top Trends For Your Nonprofit To Consider

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The New Year is a chance to review your fundraising success from last year and evaluate what worked and what didn’t. While you take stock, you should always consider new trends that affect your work. Here are the major trends in giving and fundraising you need to think about to evaluate – and potentially redesign […]

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, […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The 5 Whys: What Toyota Can Teach Your Nonprofit

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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 […]

8 Tips to Improve Your Fundraising Report to Your Nonprofit Board

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It’s that time of year again, when your board chair is asking, “how did fundraising go this year?” Whether you met your goals or fell short, it can be difficult to explain all of the work you did to cultivate your donors, throw events, find new grants, and befriend corporate sponsors. Here are some tips […]

25 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Save Money Like Benjamin Franklin

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What nonprofit wouldn’t like to save money? Benjamin Franklin wisely counseled, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Like all great entrepreneurs, Franklin knew the value of a buck. For most nonprofits, a shoestring budget is part of the day-to-day reality. By cutting excessive costs, a penny-pinching strategy can free-up capital for mission initiatives and […]

6 Steps to Create Meaningful Benchmarks For Your Nonprofit

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In just 6 steps, you can create meaningful benchmarks to help your nonprofit in strategic planning, proposal writing, and evaluation of your staff and programs. You can apply benchmarks to nearly anything that is goal oriented, so you can use them liberally to improve your measurement and ultimately your nonprofit’s efficacy! Step 1: Figure out […]

11 Free Graphics Tools all Nonprofits Should Know About

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Every nonprofit should know about these free and simple tools to create professional graphics for presentations, websites, social media, proposals, posters, and programs. You can instantaneously save on your bottom line. You can create your own invitations and marketing materials. And you can make your proposals, presentations, and annual reports stand out from your competition and […]

Nonprofit Statistics and Data: 10 Essential Resources

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We love statistics for a reason. They break down our complex ideas to simple numbers and make our work measurable. You don’t need a statistic to know how much statistics help your nonprofit – to backing up the need for your work with real community indicators, to measuring and tracking your impact and comparing yourself […]

Best Credit Cards for Your Nonprofit Business Expenses

Every nonprofit needs a credit card, to simplify vendor payments or just to pay for office supplies. Another great benefit of using a credit card for your nonprofit can be establishing business credit – provided you seek out a credit card company that reports to business credit reporting agencies. In order to find out if […]

8 Best Practices for Small Nonprofits

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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

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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

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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 […]