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Is #GivingTuesday Dead?

Launched in 2012 to kickstart the holiday giving season, Giving Tuesday has become a fundraising phenomenon in the U.S. and beyond. In 2016, donors from 98 countries and territories participated, bringing in $168 million dollars online. But is Giving Tuesday becoming too popular as a fundraising strategy among nonprofits? Jason Parker, a communications and development …

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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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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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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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Seven Things Every Nonprofit Should Do Annually

According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton and published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology in December 2012, 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Though only 8% of those are successful in reaching their goals, the study also showed that people who explicitly make resolutions are ten times more likely to …

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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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