Nonprofit’s Strategic Plan Specs: M.U.D. (Money, Unity, Diversity)

It starts with a thought, a scattered plan, a passion born of pain and the desire to alleviate suffering for others. It's the idea of creating a cause, changing the world with a charity and leaving all around you better for what you've achieved. It's heroic and humble at the same time, and it's also …

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Building a Healthy and Lasting Philanthropic Relationship

There is no denying the simple fact that relationships between businesses and nonprofits should be mutually beneficial. That is, each entity should feel as though the partnership is providing measurable value. This key takeaway should lay the foundation for all interactions as both sides come to the table to discuss developing a relationship. Businesses, while …

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5 Tips for Attracting and Retaining Reliable Volunteers

Attracting and retaining reliable volunteers is difficult for any organization. There are so many obligations competing for a person's time. Here 5 Tips for attracting and retaining reliable volunteers. Understand Time Constraints. It is important for you to speak with the potential volunteer to understand how much time they have available to commit and when they …

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How Public Acknowledgement Can Attract (And Keep) Donors

Thanking people isn't just good manners. It's a powerful tool in the marketing arsenal of any non-profit organization. Particularly, acknowledging donors in public can help a non-profit grow. How does this work? Psychology People who are publicly thanked for giving, even if it is for a small amount, are more likely to give again. They …

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Your Nonprofit’s Best Fundraising Idea: Your Website

If you are one of the 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. seeking the estimated $374 billion in funding needed to keep these organizations running in the upcoming year, you're not alone in wondering where and how to find the money. Here are four ways to maximize your most visible resource, your nonprofit's website, as a key fundraising tool: …

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Refresh Your Fundraising For the New Year

  How did your annual fund drive do at the end of 2017? Regardless of whether you barely met your goals or wildly exceeded expectations, when it comes to fundraising, there always is room for growth. To that end, we offer five new ideas to jumpstart your 2018 fundraising. 1.   Consider a mission "refresh" Does …

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Secrets to a Successful Peer-to-Peer Campaign

  If your nonprofit is like most others, it always seems as if the staff is too small to generate enough funds. The obvious answer? Expanding your fundraising capabilities through peer-to-peer campaigns. Why peer-to-peer? Donors typically think of giving as charitable acts in support of a nonprofit's mission—and that absolutely is the case. In practice, …

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Get Your Board Engaged in Making a Difference

  All nonprofit organizations have experienced, at one time or another, the challenge of inspiring  Board members to engage—or re-engage—and help raise funds. Let’s start by noting the obvious: the NPO’s chief executive would benefit by first taking a step back to identify possible reasons for lackluster engagement, particularly if a low level of engagement …

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More Than Making Money: How Volunteerism Helps The Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship, or the idea of owning your own company and being your own boss, sounds glamorous  but in reality, it's a grind: 33% of small business owners work over 50 hours a week, and 25% work over 60 hours a week. With the extra hours and the added pressure of responsibility for all who work for them, …

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