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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 […]

18 Fundraising Resources for Environmental Nonprofits

Whether you are looking for new prospects, or some fresh fundraising ideas for Earth Day, you need a crash course in proposal writing, or you have no idea how to get started about development planning, these fundraising resources are a must for any conservation, environmental education, or green activist group!     Grants These sites […]

Your Favorite Sports Are Charities? The Truth of the 501(c)(6) Tax Loophole

The NFL is a multi-billion dollar industry – but did you know that it is classified as a charity? The recent economic downturn made the public, and in turn Congress, nationally challenge the NFL and other professional sports associations – namely the NCAA, the NHL, the PGA, and the US Tennis Association – for making […]

8 Essentials for Your Organization’s Case Statement

Are your fundraising efforts standing on the firm foundation of an outstanding case statement? Of all the documents an organization uses to aid fundraising, the case statement is one of the most important. The case statement (or case for support) is used by a nonprofit as a basis for all communication and solicitations with donors. […]

4 Business Practices Every Nonprofit Should Use

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You head up a relatively young nonprofit doing good and necessary work, an important asset to the community that you want to grow into something truly significant.  The question is, how do you and your small team of paid staff and volunteers tackle the issues holding the charity back? The following four classic business practices […]

24 Ways to Prep your Nonprofit Board to Fundraise

The most successful nonprofits, no matter their size or mission, have strong fundraising boards. It is the job of the nonprofit development professional or executive director to craft board members into champions, and here is a checklist to inspire you to do so! Define the board member role as a fundraising job First board members need to […]

5 Must-Read Books for Fundraisers

Need some reading material for the holidays? A gift for that special fundraiser in your family? Take a look at these top picks available in print or for instant download. But how do you pick among the hundreds, if not thousands, of good fundraising books that have been published to help you develop the resources […]

Nonprofit Fundraising: Events vs. Great Events

Your last bake sale was an outrageous success and the car wash did even better, but does that mean that it’s time to introduce a yearly dinner gala to your fundraising calendar? Unless your organization is flush with time, money and resources with staff to spare, you might be feeling a tad overwhelmed. If you’ve […]

What Went Wrong? 9 Reasons a Fundraising Appeal Fails

Nonprofit professionals often don’t have the time to indulge in anything but the most basic study of marketing dynamics. Yet, fine-tuning the details of a nonprofits’ mission for maximum impact with donors is a never-ending learning curve. There’s a tendency to gauge this impact by the success of our campaigns and fundraising appeals but what […]

Gear Up for Year End Giving: Clean up Your Nonprofit Website ’til it Squeaks!

Have you taken a really good look at your nonprofit website lately? Was it set up years ago and then allowed to get all rusty and stale? It’s time to clean it up! An outdated, unmaintained website is a red flag to visitors and search engines alike and this great asset can become an enormous […]

Want Rockstar Results? 6 Key Elements In A Nonprofit Plan

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Don’t let all this talk about nonprofit plans, strategic plans, fundraising plans, marketing plans or annual plans get you rattled. Whenever your nonprofit year begins – be it January or June – it’s never too late to put nonprofit planning on the agenda. Even if your organization only comprises yourself, your mother, the green grocer […]

Raising Funds and Raising Spirits: Keep Your Group Motivated

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The goal of this article is to motivate you to think about motivation. The most brilliant Fundraising ideas can produce disappointing results if people are not motivated to implement them. There will be no plan of action in what follows, but rather our thoughts intended to provoke your thoughts. To motivate is to stimulate an […]

Mid-Year Review: How is this Year Shaping Up for Your Nonprofit Goals?

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There’s no time like mid-year to evaluate your nonprofit’s performance. Now’s the time to measure how planning and strategizing have paid off and more significantly, what’s working and what needs to be tweaked. No matter whether your fiscal year ends in December or June, at some point, you’ll reach mid-year for your nonprofit and an […]

10 Mistakes Nonprofit Professionals Make

Doesn’t the nonprofit sector attract the idealistic, self-sacrificing individuals amongst us? And wouldn’t that mean that mistakes are factors that just don’t happen? You have a passion to make a difference, there’s so much good you want to accomplish. But the charity sector has unique drawbacks and non-profit professionals make mistakes too. This happens often […]

5 Green Funding Ideas to Aid Your Operating Budget

Can’t find those operating budget funds? You have great grant-funded projects, but you can’t keep the lights on in your administrative building? Operating support can be difficult to attract and then to maintain for your organization, especially when dollars are tight in your main mission field. What you can do, without changing your mission or […]