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How to Design a Logo and Letterhead for Your Nonprofit

Your letterhead should include your nonprofit organization’s name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail and website addresses. Many organizations also list their board members on the letterhead [more…]

How to Develop a Social Media Policy for Your Nonprofit

If you have staff and volunteers posting on your nonprofit organization’s social media platforms, you’re wise to establish guidelines for what is and isn’t appropriate to reveal to the public and to use [more…]

How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Nonprofit

Because social media can swallow up a lot of time, especially if you’re distracted, you should develop a plan before jumping into promoting your nonprofit through social media channels. Knowing what outcomes [more…]

Which Social Media Platform is Right for Your Nonprofit?

Social media can be a powerful tool for promoting your nonprofit organization. It’s unlikely that anyone has been successful in developing a complete list of all social media applications because so many [more…]

How to Protect Your Nonprofit’s Online Reputation

Not all the information that people find about you online is generated by your nonprofit organization. A number of online services rank and rate nonprofit organizations against such criteria as financial [more…]

How to Build an Event Committee for Your Nonprofit

Strong volunteer leadership is the backbone of special-events fundraising. Some of the most important nonprofit work you and your board will do as event organizers is to recruit a chair or co-chairs for [more…]

Register Your Nonprofit Organization to Solicit Donations

Many states, the District of Columbia, and some local jurisdictions require nonprofit organizations that solicit charitable contributions to file registration forms before soliciting. This registration [more…]

How to Use Your Nonprofit Website to Attract Donors

A website can never replicate a face-to-face encounter with another person, but if you design your nonprofit organization’s site to grab and hold a visitor’s attention, you can succeed at attracting donors [more…]

How to Solicit Text-Message Donations for Your Nonprofit

Many nonprofit organizations now accept donations made via mobile phone texts. Text message contributions have been particularly strong for natural disasters and other emergencies. In 2010, the American [more…]

Tips for Raising Money for Your Nonprofit

Raising money is essential to managing a successful nonprofit organization. In fact, nothing is easier than knowing you should be raising money — and nothing is more difficult than asking for it. One of [more…]

Running a Nonprofit: How to Plan for Volunteers

Most start-up nonprofit organizations depend on volunteers because money to pay staff is unavailable. But a lack of resources isn’t the only thing that drives a nonprofit to run with an all-volunteer staff [more…]

How to Differentiate an Independent Contractor from a Nonprofit Employee

Technical differences between nonprofit employees and independent contractors are reflected in how you hire, pay, and manage them. Independent contractors are almost always paid a flat fee or hourly rate [more…]

How to Hold Effective Nonprofit Board Meetings

Most nonprofit board work is done in meetings, either with the full board or in committees. The board president is responsible for ensuring that meetings are well organized and begin and end at a scheduled [more…]

What to Do with the Results of a Nonprofit Program Performance Assessment

Imagine that you’ve collected and organized the information that will tell you what you want to know about your nonprofit organization. It’s at hand in lists and charts and graphs. Now you know whether [more…]

How to Create Your Nonprofit Organizational Plan

Organizational planning is what people usually think about when they consider planning for a nonprofit. An organizational plan, usually covering a three- to five-year period, sets goals for the organization [more…]

How to Use Nonprofit Goals, Strategies, and Objectives to Achieve Outcomes

Getting lost in all the terminology of nonprofit planning is easy. Here are brief definitions of four common terms — goals, strategies, objectives, and outcomes — using a simple example of traveling from [more…]

How to Create a Nonprofit Work Plan

Objectives are general. Add a way of measuring them by stating how many nonprofit prospects you want to acquire, how much the appeal costs to produce, and how many appeal letters you plan to mail, and [more…]

How to Conduct a Needs Assessment for Your Nonprofit Program

A needs assessment is an important part of nonprofit program planning. If you’re thinking of starting a new program, for example, a needs assessment to determine whether the program is necessary should [more…]

How to Assess Your Nonprofit Organization’s Readiness to Start a New Program

An all-out nonprofit organizational planning effort requires considerable time, energy, and commitment from everyone involved. Some nonprofits spend a year or more developing an organizational plan that [more…]

How to Select the Right Evaluation for Your Nonprofit Programs

Evaluations come in many varieties. The type you choose will depend on whether your nonprofit’s program is brand new or has been refined, how much is known about what works in the field in which you’re [more…]

How to Plan for Your Nonprofit Program Evaluation

Just because a new program is needed doesn’t necessarily mean that your nonprofit organization should be the one to start it. You need to take other factors into account. Consider the following factors [more…]

How to Recruit Nonprofit Volunteers

Most nonprofit organizations are always on the lookout for volunteers. After all, volunteers move away, get tired, lose interest, or take new jobs with new hours. If your organization depends on volunteers [more…]

How to Recruit Nonprofit Volunteers through the Internet

Finding volunteers for your nonprofit may be as easy as booting up your computer. Besides posting volunteer listings on your organization’s website, you also can post on other sites. Several organizations [more…]

How to Interview and Screen Nonprofit Volunteers

Potential volunteers for your nonprofit should be required to fill out job applications just as if they were applying for paid work. Ask for references and check them. Review résumés and conduct formal [more…]

How to Provide the Right Amount of Nonprofit Volunteer Training

The degree and extent of volunteer training depends on the type of job your nonprofit is asking them to do. Volunteers who answer telephones, for example, may need more training than those who stuff envelopes [more…]

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