Category Archives: Nonprofit Management

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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Crafting a Nonprofit Strategic Plan? 11 Questions to Answer Before Moving Forward

Who will be responsible for leading the evaluation and monitoring process? What will be evaluated? When will the strategic plan be reviewed? How will the plan be modified and monitored? Do we have a powerful strategic plan? How easy is it to “sell” or explain to key stakeholders? How exciting is the plan? Will it …

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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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Do’s & Don’ts When Creating an Annual Operating Plan

One of the most important components of an organization’s strategic plan is the annual “operating plan.” This details the major goals and activities to be accomplished during the upcoming fiscal year. A few dos and don’ts:      DON’T exclude people who will be responsible for implementing your plan.      DO create an action …

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What Are the Components of an Effective Nonprofit Strategic Plan?

The components of an effective organizational strategic plan include:      Monitoring & Evaluation – This includes the criteria for monitoring and evaluation as well as the responsibilities and frequencies of monitoring the implementation of the plan.      Communication – This describes the actions that will be taken to communicate your plan and to …

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How to Best Communicate Your Nonprofit Strategic Plan

An organization’s strategic plan is a blueprint to the future that allows leadership to evaluate its mission to determine strategy, advance its mission, and set realistic goals and objectives. The plan, however, should not be created and left to collect dust in a file drawer. Some stakeholders should get complete copies of your plan, including …

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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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How Nonprofits Can Build Relationships with Diverse Communities

Here are some strategies to help your organization build stronger relationships with people from underrepresented groups: Offer internships and fellowship programs for potential members of color Partner with existing membership organizations that reach these groups, i.e. community-specific chambers of commerce Create a mentoring program pairing board members with board members who are from communities of …

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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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