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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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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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Crowdfunding 101: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

While crowdfunding should not be used exclusively as the solution to annual fundraising success, it is an effective new approach to raising awareness and funds for a specific nonprofit project or initiative. What is crowdfunding? A fundraising method using networking through online social-media platforms and Internet technologies to secure small to medium monetary donations 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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