Today I’m excited to share with you an article written specifically for The Nonprofit Collective from Clay Harmon at Aplos. If you haven’t checked out Aplos, here is a link! Fund Accounting – What is it? All nonprofits use it. Fund accounting is an accounting method nonprofit organizations use that focuses on accountability instead of profitability.
Grant Writing is not a small task for nonprofit organizations. It takes a lot of work to write grants and even more work to write grants well. One of the hardest parts of grant writing, though, is knowing when your organization is ready to begin the grant writing process. But don’t worry, here is a
Sorry for the late post! I’ve had a sick little baby who has needed my constant attention today… which I’m definitely not complaining about because that means I snuggled with my little guy all day! Today I want to share my 3 of my favorite posts from The Nonprofit Collective thus far. #1 Nonprofit
Gala Checklist A lot of planning goes into a gala, and you don’t want anything to slip through the cracks. Based on your specific gala, you will have additional or different items than what are listed on the following checklist, but here is a list to get you started! Checklist Dinner [ ] Catering for
You’ve started a blog for your nonprofit organization because you want your followers and potential donors to know what you are up to. Plus, it seems like everyone and their dog has a blog, so you think your organization should probably have one too. That’s great! But. What do you write on your blog? Here
As a nonprofit organization, you are probably faced with this question: How can we get people to want to work for us without a paycheck? It happens, right? You might be looking for volunteers. You might be trying to find a few unpaid interns. Or, perhaps your organization is just getting on its feet and
Many organizations go into grant writing with the idea that grants should be one of their first funding sources or that grants should be one of their main financial streams. They have the mistaken impression that if they can just write one or two really good grants, their organization will be set for years. Some
Nonprofit Resources Are you ever searching for nonprofit information? I know I am constantly looking for information, whether it be for fundraising, data, statistics, stories, or anything else. Here is a list of my top 5 favorite nonprofit resources. Also, be sure to download the free PDF version! Guidestar.org Guidestar is the number one place
Have you ever been in this situation? The Situation (Email) Notice: Today we are going to have a meeting. We know that your time is valuable and we don’t want to waste time, so it is going to only be one hour. Please don’t be late and come ready to discuss the following important issues…
It is a big decision to start a nonprofit organization. Should I start a new nonprofit organization? Should I join another nonprofit organization? In the past, I have wanted to start my own nonprofit organization multiple times. I have had some ideas that I thought would be a great way to serve others around the
You are interested in starting a nonprofit organization. You have a million-dollar idea and you are already planning your first fundraising event. But wait. When can you legally receive donations and contributions to your organization? Do you have to wait until you have filed your 1023 form and received your 501(C)(3) documentation?
Do you want some Grant Writing reminders? Here are some of the most common do’s and do not’s of grant writing!
Have you seen an invite to a nonprofit organization’s event that is similar to the one featured in the above image? If you work with a nonprofit organization, have you sent out an invitation like this? This invite example brings up an important topic for nonprofit organizations and their donors: charitable contributions and tax-deductions. Should
Generation Y, known as the millennial generation, includes all of us who were born between 1980 and 2000. We are a visual generation; we like videos, pictures, graphics and social media. We like visually appealing websites that draw us in with large pictures and fewer words. With regards to the nonprofit sector, we typically lean
Do you have the rough draft of a grant application, but don’t know what to do next? Filling out the grant application is only the first step. Now is the time to revise your grant application, and I’m here to help you do just that.
Do you have a great idea for a nonprofit, charitable organization? Do you want to start a nonprofit organization but don’t know exactly what you need to do? If this is you, below is a checklist of steps to form your nonprofit organization. However, keep in mind that your requirements might vary from this list,
Have you ever been invited to play a group game, but there is no rule book? It starts out pretty easy, but there is that one friend who keeps adding in random rules? My sister did this all the time as we were growing up. She decided games were more fun if you didn’t have
A great way to create an impactful Board of Directors is to give clear expectations to new board members. Nonprofits have their by-laws, which should highlight board duties and responsibilities and each organization can also create board member contracts. These are set up to inform potential board members about their specific contributions to the organization
This past week I read an interesting research article about nonprofit organization’s use of social media. The article is Information, Community, and Action: How Nonprofit Organizations Use Social Media by Kristen Lovejoy and Gregory D. Saxton.
Every nonprofit should have a Board of Directors, but not every Board of Directors is as efficient and effective as the next. I want to share some of my favorite articles that I have found about board leadership and how to create an effective board. Most boards seem to fail because there is a lack