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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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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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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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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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Capacity Building Grants for Nonprofits: Trend and Resources

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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Nonprofit Self-Assessment: Free Fitness Tests

Are you ready to look in the mirror? Few of us can’t find at least one aspect of ourselves we’d like to improve. While satisfaction is tough for one person, scrutinizing an entire organization can reveal an array of “not-so-pretty” features. A self-exam of your nonprofit doesn’t have to be intimidating. Identifying which aspects of …

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Defining and Communicating Your Message

As your fund and support base diversifies and grows, it will be even more important that your message is clearly defined and communicated. It is also important to take note there may be more nonprofits doing the same or similar work as your organization than when your organization first opened its doors. If this is …

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The Secret to Successful Fundraising – It’s All in the Plan

Every organization, regardless of its size, needs a strategic plan for fundraising to guide and support its efforts. A strategic plan for fundraising identifies specific funding needs to operate effectively and a detailed plan for obtaining those resources. It will help to sustain your organization over the long-term and to stay focused on its mission, …

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Mergers: Partnering with Strategic Purpose

To merge or not to merge — that may be “the new question” for nonprofits to ask. Economic challenges and increased competition for dwindling resources is motivating many nonprofits to look at merging with other like organizations as a means of ensuring sustainability. Used in the context of business, the term “merger” has the tendency …

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