Non-Profit Basics

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How to Perform a SWOT Analysis When Planning for Your Nonprofit

One common way to analyze the information you’ve collected for your nonprofit is to perform a SWOT analysis. SWOT is an acronym for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. SWOT analysis is usually [more…]

How to Organize Nonprofit Volunteer Committees

Many nonprofits invite their volunteers to participate in committees. These committees enable volunteers to offer their best skills and learn how to do new things. An advantage of forming committees is [more…]

Do You Need an Independent Contractor for Your Nonprofit?

Independent contractors can help you with just about any aspect of your nonprofit organization, from managing personnel matters to hooking up a computer network. But nonprofits most commonly bring them [more…]

How to Determine Your Nonprofit's Need for Volunteers

Look around your nonprofit organization and decide how many volunteers you need and what functions they can perform. Consider creating (or helping create) a schedule of tasks to be completed — planning [more…]

How to Thank Your Nonprofit Volunteers

Volunteers give their time and, in many cases, expertise to help your nonprofit organization succeed. It’s only right that you thank them and thank them often. Thank them in the hallway after they’ve completed [more…]

How to Decide That Your Nonprofit Needs Paid Help

Knowing when to take the leap from being an all-volunteer group to being a boss or paid employee nonprofit isn’t easy, and it’s not a leap to take without looking at where you’re about to land. Hiring [more…]

Where You Should Post Your Nonprofit Job Openings

After you decide on the qualifications and skills needed for the job you want to fill in your nonprofit organization, advertise its availability. Here's a list of places to publicize your job opening: [more…]

How to Construct a Nonprofit Budget Based on Your History

As your first year passes and your nonprofit organization develops programs, it also develops a financial track record. After you have a financial history, anticipating the future can be easier. You need [more…]

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…]

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…]

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 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…]


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