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How to Create a Successful Nonprofit Fundraising Letter

Your nonprofit fundraising letter isn’t just a letter; it also includes a mailing envelope, a reply envelope and card, and sometimes a brochure, a copy of a newspaper clipping, or a photograph. All these [more…]

How to Determine the Insurance Needs of Your Nonprofit

Insurance is a vital component of risk management for every business — for profit and nonprofit — but a nonprofit organization’s insurance needs vary according to the following: [more…]

How to Successfully Ask for Contributions to Your Nonprofit

The key rule of fundraising is “If you don’t ask, you won’t get.” Taking the step of asking is critical, but so is knowing how to ask. According to marketing experts who study motivations for doing just [more…]

How to Use QR Codes for Fundraising

QR Codes have many uses for causes, especially fundraising. Here are a few of the benefits of using QR Codes for cause marketing in nonprofits.

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How to Use QR Codes for Mobile Giving

The day will come when you’ll be able to press a button on your mobile device to donate to a cause. Until then, QR Codes may be the best option for mobile giving, especially for cause marketing partnerships [more…]

Securing Nonprofit Status in 12 Steps

Before you can begin operating as the kind of nonprofit organization that receives tax-deductible gifts from donors, you need to secure 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service [more…]

Roles and Responsibilities of a Nonprofit's Board of Directors

Every nonprofit organization is overseen by a group of people called the board of directors. These generous board members agree to accept responsibility for making sure the nonprofit organization remains [more…]

12 Ways to Raise Money for Your Nonprofit Organization

Every nonprofit organization needs to raise money. Whether applying for grants, searching for individual donors, or throwing fundraising events, you're always going to be looking for new ways to bring [more…]

Nonprofit Kit For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Creating and running a nonprofit organization can be a gratifying and worthwhile endeavor. Success depends upon developing a good idea that meets a real need, testing that idea, planning [more…]

Valuable Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

There's no shortage of information about starting and running a nonprofit organization. If you want to talk to someone about a specific problem, turn to one of the listed organizations. Chances are, someone [more…]

10 Tips for Raising Money from Your Website

Although online donations still represent a modest percentage (7.5 percent as of 2012) of total giving to nonprofit organizations, that percentage is growing, and your nonprofit's website is an important [more…]

12 Tips for Writing an E-mail Fundraising Letter

Online giving still lags behind contributions that are made in response to in-person requests or traditional fundraising letters, but it increases every year. You'll want your organization to benefit from [more…]

Using Parliamentary Rules during Nonprofit Board Meetings

Unless you're presiding over a very large and formal board meeting of your nonprofit organization, you can probably get by with following just a handful of parliamentary rules. [more…]

How to Find the Right People for Your Nonprofit Board

You don't want just anybody to serve on your nonprofit organization's board. You want to choose the most generous members of your community who believe in what you're doing, will come to all your meetings [more…]

The Pros and Cons of Starting a Nonprofit

Before you jump headfirst into making your nonprofit dream a reality, you need to understand some basic facts about nonprofit organizations. Let's begin by taking a look at some of the pros: [more…]

IRS Classifications for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations can be formed under the IRS code for many reasons other than charitable ones. To give you a taste of the variety of these organizations, the following list summarizes various classes [more…]

Odd Nonprofit Rules and Regulations You Should Know

Entire volumes have been written about IRS (Internal Revenue Service) regulations and laws pertaining to nonprofits. But don't worry —here's an overview of some facts that may help you decide whether starting [more…]

What Is a Hybrid Corporation?

Efforts to create new corporate entities, which blend the best of the nonprofit and for-profit worlds, arise largely from the corporate social responsibility movement, which has grown substantially during [more…]

Sources of Nonprofit Funding

One distinctive feature of the nonprofit sector is its dependency on contributions. Gifts from individuals of money, goods, services, time, and property make up the largest portion of that voluntary support [more…]

Why Your Nonprofit Organization Needs a Mission Statement

The mission statement is a nonprofit organization's center of being. Mission statements help give human energy direction. Having one also gives your organization purpose and motivation. [more…]

6 Tips for Writing a Nonprofit Mission Statement

You may be asking yourself, “Does my nonprofit need a mission statement?” Some nonprofits do function without a mission statement, but writing one will give your nonprofit motivation and focus to succeed [more…]

How to Write a Nonprofit Mission Statement

You probably already have a good idea of your purpose for your nonprofit. Now you have to refine that idea, state it simply in a few words, and officially get it down on paper. [more…]

Running a Nonprofit: Understanding the Basics of Bylaws

Bylaws are the rules by which your nonprofit organization operates. As with articles of incorporation, different states have different requirements about what needs to be included in the bylaws, so make [more…]

How to Establish Public Charity Status for Your Nonprofit

The IRS applies several measures to determine whether a nonprofit organization is a public charity. Generally, for a nonprofit to be considered a public charity, it must receive one-third of its revenues [more…]

How to Report Salaries and Conflicts of Interest for Your Nonprofit

The IRS revises its nonprofit forms from time to time. In the past few years, Form 1023 has been revised to include more questions about staff salary levels, board member compensation, and business and [more…]

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