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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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The Nuts & Bolts of Building Your Resources Capacity

Organizations seeking to develop their resources capacity can take heart in knowing that resources are everywhere. How you identify and use them is what makes the difference. Successful resource development does not necessarily require doing more. Instead, it means being more strategic, thoughtful, and deliberate. Below are the five “I’s” of resource development, distilled from …

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Top Nonprofit Crowdfunding Sites

Causes: A platform for individuals and nonprofit organizations who want to change the world Crowdrise: Named the “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist” CauseVox: A startup social site that focuses on helping small to mid-sized nonprofits raise funds and have a social impact DoJiggy: A complete online event registration/donation management system where constituents can fundraise Fundly: …

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Deciding on a Crowdfunding Site? Use this Checklist

  ✓ Aesthetics: Are the fundraising pages/template appealing to donors? Can you post videos and pictures?   ✓ Ease of Setup: How easy is it to create the fundraising page and are there technical skills needed?   ✓ Methods for Making Donations: Can donors make contributions through credit cards or e-checks and how quickly are …

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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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The ABC’s of Marketing Nonprofit Special Events

When marketing your special event, it’s important to use both traditional formats – such as sending out direct mail and soliciting print, radio, and TV media outlets – as well as untraditional. Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube): ►Connect with and engage your audience via special giveaways, early-bird registration fee, and announcements of special …

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9 Special Event Strategies for Nonprofit Capacity-Building

Special events are a great way to build awareness of your organization or cause, raise funds, and recruit board members and volunteers. They can also be time-consuming, costly, and lead to staff burnout if not approached strategically. Before you launch headlong into a special event, consider these tried-and-true capacity-building tactics: ►Hold a “signature event,” something …

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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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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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