Category Archives: Nonprofit Boards

9 Steps to Corporate Fundraising

  Corporate fundraising is an essential component of nonprofit sustainability that you don’t want to ignore. According to Giving USA’s Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2014, Americans donated an estimated $358.38 billion – a 60-year high – with 5 percent coming from corporations. Specifically, corporate giving totaled $17.77 billion, an increase of 13.7 …

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Are You Writing a Nonprofit Case Statement? Here’s What It Should Answer

The case statement is a core document that outlines the most important facts about your organization so donors can understand the value of investing in it. The document also serves as a plan for long-term strategic direction and should include the following: the organization’s history, the problem (and proposed solution) to be addressed, goals and …

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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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14 Strategies for Running an Effective Nonprofit Board Meeting

            ►Issue a notice of the meeting to all board members, including the location, time, and an agenda ►Implement a system for board members to confirm their attendance in advance ►Board chair may distribute a more detailed agenda at the meeting ►Chair should lead with a brief summary of what …

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Does Your Nonprofit Have a Roadmap to the Future?

                  Strategic planning is a process that provides nonprofit organizations with roadmap for the future. It helps you to adjust for challenges that will inevitably occur ahead. Without an overall strategic plan, fundraising and building capacity becomes much more difficult. Surprisingly, however, many nonprofit organizations lack a …

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Get the Most from Your Board! A Checklist for Greater Member Engagement

Your board members are likely very busy people and may serve on multiple boards. So how do you engage them, make the most of their talents, and keep them focused on helping your organization grow?  It’s up to you to aide and communicate to board members their role and responsibilities, including: ►Understanding your plans and …

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A 14-Point Bylaws Checkup

Nonprofits often neglect to revise or update their bylaws unless a critical issue or crisis arises. Doing so, however, should be part of your strategic-planning process.   Your board has a fiduciary responsibility and is legally accountable for following your bylaws. It is each board member’s responsibility to know what is included in the bylaws.  …

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Reaching the Board’s Full Fundraising Potential

A Board with a strong fundraising capacity is a key component in driving a nonprofit organization forward. Although Board members are responsible for planning and policy and organizational development, fundraising development can often be the most immediate and needed contribution that they make to a nonprofit organization. Board Fundraising Expectations Board members have four specific …

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Does Your Organization Need to Hire a Development Director?

Determining when to hire a development director is arguably one of the trickiest decisions for a nonprofit. Considerations include the existence of a dedicated fundraising staff, the internal and external capacity of the organization to solicit funding, and the willingness to assess and implement operational changes that a concentrated fundraising commitment potentially requires. Serious analysis …

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