Category Archives: Communications

Client Spotlight: Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

For more than 15 years, the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (CIBL), a Durham-based nonprofit, has provided STEM kits, STEM program consulting, and professional development to teachers and schools across North Carolina. But in 2014, CIBL’s leadership realized they had a problem. Earlier that year, CIBL had begun to see an ominous shift in its funding …

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Protecting Your Nonprofit with a Robust Social Media Policy

Last year offered no shortage of high-profile political events. From the presidential election to Black Lives Matter, millions of people took to social media to share their viewpoints. Due to their tax status, however, nonprofits play by a different set of rules when it comes to the online sphere. Nonprofits must comply with well-known federal …

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Branding on a Budget

The Internet has made it easier than ever to create your own logos, graphics, and branding–all on a shoestring marketing budget. Below are several free or low-cost web programs to help you bring your creative ideas to reality. Best of all? These resources are so easy to use, you don’t need any formal design experience. …

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How Will the New FLSA Regulations Affect Your Nonprofit?

The new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations signed into law earlier this year have nonprofits across the country scrambling to make sense of how these changes will impact them and their staff. Starting December 1, 2016, nonprofits will have to pay overtime to certain employees who work more than 40 hours a week but …

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Volunteer Programs for the Digital Age

No matter their size, most nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers as an integral part of their success. From setting up tables at an event to organizing a 5K charity race on behalf of your organization, volunteers perform important tasks without the need to hire additional staff. A well-run volunteer program is essential for recruiting volunteers, …

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Why Every Board Needs at Least One Millennial

Millennials have been skewered in the media as selfish, lazy, and apathetic. In 2013, Time magazine declared them as the “Me Me Me” generation. Yet Millennials—defined as individuals born between 1980 and 1996, or those 20-36 years old today—have unique perspectives and skillsets to contribute to nonprofit organizations. Here are three reasons why you should …

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Rethinking Site Visits

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” –Confucius Your organization has great collaterals for sharing its impact—a vibrant annual report, videos, program profiles on social media, and maybe even an impact page on your website. But are you bringing visitors to see and experience your organization’s work? …

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How to Motivate Donors to Continue to Give?

  Donors of all types are increasingly demand information about what you are working to achieve and how you will know if you succeed. Here are some best practices to help you fully inform donors of your organization’s strategy to help you motivate and inspire them to continue to give: Share multiple types of data, …

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Want to Impact Policy? Advocate

  Through advocacy work, nonprofits can provide research, outcomes, testimonials, and best-practice models so that public officials can make informed decisions on policies and laws that impact the communities they serve. Here’s how can your nonprofit can strengthen its capacity to use advocacy to impact governmental policy: ►Review your mission. What types of policies would …

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Writing Nonprofit Bylaws: 14 Must-Have Items

“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” These infamous words spoken by Benjamin Franklin remind us to take preventative measures. This is especially true when determining how to govern a nonprofit organization. Bylaws are to your organization as the Constitution is to the United States. They detail the procedures an organization …

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