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Client Spotlight: YWCA Lower Cape Fear

In 2015, the YWCA Lower Cape Fear realized it needed to develop a new strategic plan. “There had not been one for at least six years,” says Jenni Harris, President of YWCA’s Board of Directors. “We were in a position where we needed guidance on how to grow into a strong, functioning organization.” YWCA contracted …

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Collective Impact: Management & Design Best Practices

Design and implement your collective initiative with a priority placed on equity. Address systemic structures and practices that create barriers to equitable outcomes for all populations, particularly along lines of race and class. Be intentional about the collective design to ensure that an “equity lens” is in place throughout the process. Include community members in …

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Is Going Cloud-Based Right for Your Organization? A Quiz

There are lots of reasons for organizations to move their operations to cloud computing—or Internet-based computing—including significant cost savings and increased collaboration. Take this quiz to find out if your organization is ready! A answers are worth 1 point, B answers 2 points, and C answers 3 points. Add your points to find your results …

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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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7 Keys to a Successful Collaborative Nonprofit Relationship (and 7 Barriers)

Keys to a collaborative nonprofit partnership: Shared purpose Compatible missions and values Shared power Shared view of interdependence Mutual respect and trust Shared control/stake in process/outcomes Shared indicators of progress   Barriers to a successful nonprofit relationship: Lack of common vision Costs not identified upfront Lack of buy-in Conflict among leaders/lack of trust Leadership lacking …

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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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Keys to Ensure Your Next Special Event Is a Success!

A poorly executed and disorganized special event can have the potential of generating unfavorable publicity for your nonprofit, faith-based organization, or agency. Here are some pointers to make sure your event is a success:   Select a chairperson who is qualified and will work hard Solicit volunteers who are organized and ready to help Choose …

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Charitable Solicitation Laws FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions The INS Group has heard from clients when establishing a new nonprofit or when creating a strategic fund development plan. Where do I register my nonprofit with the state or how do I know if our organization has registered and is current? Most states now require that charities, nonprofits, 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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A Checklist for Creating a Donor-Friendly Website

      Here are some simple steps you can take to make it easier for visitors to your website to get involved with your nonprofit: ►Keep your website simple and easy to use. ►Clearly say what you do and who you serve. ►Articulate the difference you make. ►Put a button on your home page …

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