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4 Tips for Developing Strong In-Kind Relationships—from an Expert

Michael McLawhorn, an In-Kind Senior Manager for TROSA in Durham, NC, is responsible for sourcing nearly $4 million of in-kind donations each year for his organization’s residential substance abuse program. Here, he shares four strategies for increasing in-kind giving and making the most effective ask. 1. Before making an ask, consider everything your organization needs—from …

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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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How Can Nonprofits Impact Policy?

  Can your nonprofit strengthen its capacity to use advocacy to impact governmental policy? Here are five steps to make it happen: Review your mission. What types of policies would enable you to better meet your goals? Engage policy makers by building relationships with local and state public officials. Be sure that your staff 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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Creating a Giving Guide for Your Nonprofit

Many nonprofits produce annual reports that describe their prior year accomplishments, financial status, and leadership. However, an important forward-thinking document, the giving guide, is often overlooked. Giving guides are targeted toward prospective donors. They provide valuable information to assist the donor in determining their optimal giving situation. A guide can also streamline the donor cultivation …

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Anatomy of a Great Donor Acknowledgement Letter

Many nonprofits view the thank you letter as no more than a tax receipt. Smart nonprofits, however, recognize the donor acknowledgement letter as a critical component of the stewardship phase of the fundraising lifecycle. A well-written letter will not only express gratitude but can serve as an opportunity to create an even greater affinity and …

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When and How to Fire a Volunteer

Most nonprofits rely on volunteers to help them achieve results that might not be otherwise possible. Volunteers make up our boards and committees, assist with administrative functions, and serve as ambassadors for our missions. Sometimes, however, we encounter a volunteer that is more of a detriment than an asset to the organization and action must …

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3 Strategies for Building Relationships with Funders

This article was written by Ruth Peebles, MPA, President of The INS Group for eCivis, Inc, the nation’s leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments’ and community-based organizations’ grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com. To read the full article, click here.  

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Prioritizing Donor Prospects

You’ve identified a list of potential donors. Perhaps your list consists of prospects who are new to the organization, previous donors you want to re-engage, or current donors you want to take to a higher giving level. Now you need to determine how to maximize your return on time and energy invested to get these …

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