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Nonprofit Board Checklist: Roles & Responsibilities

Maintaining an effective board of directors, communicating their roles and responsibilities, and holding the board accountable is critical to the growth of every nonprofit. Here’s a useful checklist for your board to follow: Understand plans/programs for fundraising Endorse the case why someone should contribute to the nonprofit Contribute the fullest measure of means Offer names …

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Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Take on Social Entrepreneurship?

Multiple nonprofits have successfully become social enterprises to create new revenue streams and further their mission. Girl Scouts of the USA sells cookies and empowers girls, Juma Ventures operates concessions stands and employs economically disadvantaged teens, and the Women’s Bean Project hires women with backgrounds of chronic unemployment to manufacture gourmet goods. Social enterprise means …

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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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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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8 Keys to Smart Fundraising

Generating gifts that can transform your nonprofit and its impact depends on creating a culture of philanthropy at your organization, and building donor loyalty. To help do that, you should: 1. Raise awareness — internally and externally — of community needs. 2. Get to know donors and the causes they care about. 3. Recognize donors’ …

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Do You Make It Easy for Donors to Give Online?

Every visitor to your website could be a donor, yet a lot of nonprofits make it tough for donors to give online. Those barriers to giving are costing nonprofits millions, even billions, of dollars, says a new report from Dunham+Company. The consulting firm and Next After looked at websites of 151 organizations over nine months, …

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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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Planning a Special Nonprofit Event? 8 Benefits of Using a Planner

Whether you only hold an annual fundraising gala or host multiple events throughout the year, outsourcing the logistics to an event planner — while your organization focuses on raising funds — will be one of the smartest moves you can make.  A planner can help select the venue, create invitations and event materials, source entertainment …

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