How to Ask For Donations in 5 Steps

Non-Profit organizations are difficult to finance, even in the best economies. When a business model involves relying on people to generously give you free money, asking for donations is an intimidating process. Finding the right balance between funding your business and annoying or driving away potential donors is tricky, but necessary to ensure your goals …

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5 Tips to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page

Social Media is absolutely everywhere, and it's not going away anytime soon. For those of us involved in Non-Profit Organizations, social media can feel like a huge hassle that takes time away from our cause. It doesn't have to be that way. In fact, by taking advantage of some of the functions a site like …

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Want Your Event to Stand Out? Tap These Top 5 Fundraising Ideas for This Summer

Fundraising while school's in session or even right at summer's start is tricky. Prospective donors have graduations to attend, summer daycare arrangements to make, and pools to set up, among other big distractions. Once July rolls around, however, your non-profit will have the perfect opportunity to cater to families looking for a little summer fun. Of course, your organization won't be the only …

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The Different Types of Fundraisers: Part 2

Continuing our overview of effective fundraising for nonprofits, here are some more ideas that successful organizations have drawn upon to solicit donations. Silent auctions – The classic silent auction arrangement involves setting up a bunch of tables at a site and inviting attendees to place bids on each item by jotting their name and bid …

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Nonprofit fundraising

The Different Types of Fundraisers: Part 1

Nonprofits vary widely in the orientation of their activities. There are nonprofits for nearly every cause imaginable: animal rights, child literacy, amateur sporting events, anti-hunger initiatives—the list is endless. What most nonprofits do have in common, however, is a chronic shortage of funds. It seems as if there are never enough resources for mission-critical tasks. …

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What Defines a NonProfit: Part II

Nonprofits help the public in many different ways. Some provide assistance in the form of food, shelter, emergency aid, elderly care, etc.—they’re called human service organizations. Others use peer-to-peer fundraising to provide critical health services to uninsured people, or even to put on theater productions for local communities. Nonprofits tend to fall in the following …

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What Defines a Non-Profit? Part I

Non-profits rescue abandoned dogs and cats. They teach children how to read. They supply water to remote villages. They use fundraising software to collect donations and then pass on microloans to entrepreneurs in developing economies. Non-profits help people and communities in just about any way you can imagine, but what makes a non-profit a non-profit? …

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Seven Tips for Young, Scrappy Non-Profits Looking to Land Major Gifts

Non-profit fundraising can be a bit of a shark tank, especially for new organizations. Your new non-profit has to rise above a cacophony of other worthy voices asking for funds, including well-established non-profits who may have a bigger megaphone. For new non-profits looking to land a major gift, this competition can be daunting, but there …

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