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8 Tips to Improve Your Fundraising Report to Your Nonprofit Board

Tips to improve your fundraising report

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

Google Data Studio

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

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

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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 […]

Register Your Charity to Fundraise in 7 Easy Steps!

register charity to fundraise

Did you know that forty states require you to register your charity – before you even start to fundraise? And only three states let you fundraise freely without any requirements. Nearly all have different forms, penalties, and fees as well. State-by-state registration is so seemingly complicated that thousands of charities pay for-profit legal firms annually […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Giving to Nonprofit Hospitals: Is it Really Charity?

Philanthropists give billions to nonprofit hospitals each year – recently Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg made headlines for a record $75 million gift to the San Francisco General Hospital, for example. In a tight race for philanthropy dollars for nonprofits across the nation, is it fair that hospitals, which operate more like businesses, are considered charities? (Source: […]

What Nonprofits Need to Know about Donations to Political Campaigns

For the 2016 presidential election, more than $6 billion will be donated to political campaigns according to The Wire – and generally the side that raises the most money wins. Where does that money come from and where exactly does it go, however? Political donation law limits the amount of money that one individual or […]