Have you heard? New rules from the OMB require that federal grants and contracts include a "reasonable amount" for indirect costs, marking it the first mandate that requires part of funding to go to core operations. Read this article to learn more.
Have you considered how others may perceive your nonprofit based on its social media presence? This article offers insight on the most common mistakes that cause people to "unfollow" organizations on social media.
Does your organization know exactly which indicators will be most helpful in determining how well it is doing? This article describes nine fundraising-related indicators that will aid nonprofits throughout the sector.
Does your organization invest in relationships with its donors? This article explains why donor relations are so important and gives examples of how organizations have successfully engaged with donors.
Has your nonprofit considered blogging as a method of engaging volunteers, donors, and the community? This article describes nine blogging tools and demonstrates how they can help support your organization's online presence and engagement.
Do you engage in online conversation about things you are professionally passionate about? This article offers advice on how to engage with like-minded people online in a professional manner to share best practices and ideas.
Does your nonprofit hope to evaluate potential grant opportunities more effectively? This article offers tips on how to determine whether or not pursuing a certain grant is worth your organization's time.
Has your organization considered how transparency can strengthen its overall mission? This article provides examples of how increased transparency leads to new thinking, better communication, and inclusion.
Are you looking to strengthen the relationship between your nonprofit board and the organization itself? This article provides advice on engaging your board to improve upon the perception of your organization.
In its efforts to raise funds, has your nonprofit considered incorporating every employee as a fundraiser? This article offers three tips on how to get everyone involved in supporting the organization's mission.
Are you looking to revamp your energy toward your nonprofit work? This article offers some great tips on how to accomplish this such as ensuring time for personal creativity, eliminating tedious tasks, and reminding yourself of your organization's mission and purpose.
Has your organization been conducting useful market research? This article demonstrates how simple market research can allow you to make better decisions, chart change over time, evaulate success, and more!
Does your nonprofit make sure to keep past board members engaged? This article offers ways to keep past board members engaged long after their terms are over in order to maintain good relationships into the future.
Does your organization consider employee training an expendable cost? This article explains why an investment in employee training will in fact increase productivity, saving your nonprofit money in the long run.
Do you find yourself making unrealistic resolutions for the upcoming year? When it comes to resolutions for your nonprofit, there are many objectives to consider that are simple to accomplish. This article shares some of the most important resolutions you can make for your organization.
What does 2105 have in store for philanthropy? Check out this article for some predictions such as increased online and mobile presence, adapting to grow millenial engagement, and a focus on donor loyalty.
The social media world now has a great influence on businesses and non-profit organizations. This article sheds light on what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and how to improve our customer relations now that the focus is on the individual, not institutions.
Board members have the nonprofit's best interest at heart, and this article explains how you can capitalize on that and create a stronger board. Read more for insight into why board members may have certain views and act certain ways, as well as advice on solutions to overcome a board that "just doesn't seem to get it."
Many are not aware that nonprofits can award bonuses to their staff, according to IRS policy. This article provides some examples of bonuses that can be given to reward employees such as individual incentives, group incentives, or special noncash recognition.
Many nonprofits have staff, board, and key stakeholders all over the nation, or world, making conference calls a necessity. This article provides some great suggestions for the latest in video conferencing technology at an affordable price, along with a checklist to keep in mind if you plan on updating your system.
Does yout nonprofit take note of "participation metrics" for its goals to create change? This article provides advice for a new way to measure participation and then evaluate results to ensure your organization is getting the most from its objectives.
Is your organization looking to expand its fundraising to include crowdfunding? This article offers reasons why crowdfunding is important for nonprofits, and gives advice on how to pick the best crowdfunding site for you.
Does your relationship with donors focus too much on your nonprofit's accomplishments and not enough on maintaining a balanced dialogue? This article offers advice on how to make the relationship more balanced, through donor surveys.
Does your organization struggle with data collection on donors? This article provides some helpful tips on best practices and how nonprofits can utilize data and marketing techniques even better than for-profits can.
Has your organization ever wanted to create a partnership with a corporation, but didn't know where to begin? This article offers tips on what to avoid and how to create an alliance that is productive and enhances your nonprofit's goals.
Do you feel as though your nonprofit focuses too much on pleasing donors and not enough on finding ways to provide better services? This article offers advice on how to develop your impact to be as positive and wide-spanning as possible.
How can we understand and create social change in the nonprofit sector? Social innovation: a novel solution to a social problem tha tis more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals. This article explains how this idea shapes, and is shaped by, the nonprofit sector.
Are you looking to better facilitate the relationship between your Executive Director and Board Members? This article offers advice on how to improve upon communication and structure of the relationship.
Are you wanting to start a monthly giving program at your nonprofit, but worry about maintaining it with a small staff? This article explains why a monthly giving program is low maintainence, and offers tips on how to slowly scale your program at a manageable rate.
Is your nonprofit looking to track its interactions with others through a CRM? Or, do you already have one, but are looking to get more out of the service? This article offers ten things to think about when going through the process of selecting the best CRM system for your organization.
Has your nonprofit considered developing a monthly giving program? It's an easy way to generate additional funds, and can help with donor retention. This article offers tips on how to successfully create and maintain your monthly giving program.
The word "culture" can have different meanings depending on context, and for a nonprofit, culture defines the organization. Does your nonprofit take the time to evaluate its company culture? This article offers five areas to focus on when ensuring you are being true to the brand and mission of your organization.
Nonprofits are often concerned about increasing their reach, while evaluators are focused on the specific impact per cost. Do you feel that your nonprofit organization focuses too much on scale, and not enough on net impact? This article offers advice on how to integrate measurements of both scale and net impact to make your organization as socially beneficial as possible.
Communication with potential donors, volunteers, and members is very important, and email is a great means of keeping in touch. Do you find yourself struggling to grow your email list? This article provides some unique tips.
Are you concerned with maintaining your organization's values as it grows? This article offers advice on how to keep the focus on your personal mission and brand while simultaneously expanding your organization's reach.
Are you looking for a new way to engage potential donors? Have you considered using "micro-videos"? The short video approach is a great way to attract donors under age 35, and is a quick and cost-free opportunity to expand upon your fundraising efforts. Read more to learn about the advantages of multi-channel fundraising.
What role do grantmakers play in the emerging idea of collective impact within the nonprofit sector? This article lays out some key things to keep in mind to understand the power dynamic between grantees and grantmakers.
With social media constantly changing, what's next? How about direct donations from your twitter profile? Seven charity organizations are testing Twitter's new 'Buy' button, which could become the newest form of fundraising via social media.
Is your organization making the most of professional social media? Are you aware of the opportunities LinkedIn provides nonprofits? Check out this article for just a few tips to strengthen your LinkedIn presence.
All nonprofits, no matter the size, can benefit from a strong social media campaign. But what should that look like given your capacity? This article not only provides advice on social media time management, but breaks it down by organizational size so you can know how to budget staff capacity for outreach.
Is your organization experiencing a high turnover rate with volunteers? Looking to change that? This article provides some great tips to keep your volunteers feeling appreciated and coming back to help year after year.
There may be conditions that have to be met for collective impact, but what is the one thing that is vital to its success? According to this article, mindset shifts. Read more to learn why mindset shifts are important and what shifts specifically must be made for collective impact.
Are you finding that your organization is able to get the public's attention, but struggles getting individuals to take the next step and get involved? This article provides some great tips on fostering engagement such as accessible and relevant calls to action.
Volunteers can be vital to an organization’s mission, so who is in charge of volunteer resources in your staff? Volunteer resources could fall under many departments in your organization. This article explains the intricacies of volunteer resources and provides some suggestions for management of those volunteers within your organization.
Does leadership within the nonprofit sector look different that of the business or government sector? What makes a strong nonprofit leader? This article provides the answers to those questions while detailing 19 practices leaders should incorporate into their management strategy.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has brought up a lot of questions into best practices for fundraising in the nonprofit sector. This article shines light into the key elements for a successful fundraising campaign such as paying attention to your annual fund and donor retention.
This article provides a concise summary on why your nonprofit should be using Google Analytics, and how to gain the most from your use. Defining goals is just the first step to strengthening your nonprofit's online presence.
Executive Director transitions can be tough on an organization, so what is the key to ensuring success? Board support! This article explains why communication between a nonprofit’s board and the new executive director is vital and outlines steps to follow to create this supportive relationship.
Is your nonprofit facing fundraising issues? Hiring a Development Director is not as simple a solution as you may have thought. This article explains it takes effort from all positions to support the Development Director in order to strengthen fundraising.
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