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How Can Your Resource Development Committee Be Most Effective?

What your nonprofit resource development committee should be doing to developing donor relationships that lead to long-term organizational sustainability: Develop policies and procedures Ensure a strong case for support Develop plans/procedures for board fundraising Help develop strategies for the involvement and cultivation of major gifts Track environmental factors affecting fundraising Evaluate prospects’ increased levels of …

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Grant Writing: The Most Commonly Requested Attachments

  When applying for a grant, funders will often ask for specific attachments. Read the guidelines carefully and only send what has been requested. Funders may ask for the following to help shed more light on your organization.  Audited financial statement R.S. Determination Letter Board roster Project budget Organizational budget Letters of support or endorsement Resumes …

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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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Applying for a Grant (Part II)? Don’t Overlook These Essential Steps

  It’s important that nonprofits dedicate ample time and resources to create the essential components of a grant proposal package. Here are a few steps in our ongoing grant-writing series. Read part I here.   STEP: Follow Directions ►Don’t lose out because you did not follow directions ►Read the application guidelines thoroughly ►If you don’t …

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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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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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A 14-Point Bylaws Checkup

Nonprofits often neglect to revise or update their bylaws unless a critical issue or crisis arises. Doing so, however, should be part of your strategic-planning process.   Your board has a fiduciary responsibility and is legally accountable for following your bylaws. It is each board member’s responsibility to know what is included in the bylaws.  …

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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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