Good data management can help solve your organization's problems more effectively. Learn how to effectively use data to make better business decisions, collaborate more effectively, and engage the public and your clients in solving problems.
The bulk of nonprofit "thon" events (marathons, walk-a-thons, etc.) occur from September through November each year, creating a lot of competition for organizations holding these types of fundraising events. Here are a few best practices to help boost your event's registration and fundraising results.
Learn about H.R. 5533, intended to make the federal government a more productive partner with nonprofit organizations by establishing better communication with the federal government, better coordination within government, and enhanced data collection.
Ken Berger, Robert M. Penna, and Steven H. Goldberg
Two important questions face the nonprofit sector: how to define the value of all the work being done within it, and how to measure that value. The head of Charity Navigator presents the debate for consideration.
Telling stories about the work you do and the people you serve is a great way to educate and inspire your supporters about your cause. Use these ten tips to get good quotes and ensure your facts are straight.
Learn about possible federal legislation aimed at improving coordination between the nonprofit sector and the federal government, with plans to establish two new entities and compile data on the health of the sector.
To allow employees to be exempt from the payment of minimum wages, it's not enough just to call them "interns". Learn about when an intern is really an under-paid worker, and the specific nonprofit issues of interns versus volunteers.
With the President's signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010, qualified nonprofits can immediately claim a tax credit when they pay for at least half of the health insurance premiums for their employees!
At midnight on May 15, up to 400,000 charities, trade associations and membership groups will lose their tax exemptions, due to a 2006 federal bill provision. Find out if your organization will be affected!
Want a dashboard view of the most recent articles and posts from dozens of the most important nonprofit resources on the web? Check out this news feed aggregate at Alltop; you can even customize it or create your own!
Leaders need to be able to delegate certain tasks to efficiently manage their organization. This article discusses two key ares of responsibilities which shouldn't be delegated: aligning staff and other stakeholders around a common set of priorities and developing the organization's leaders.
Many board members don't think about the organization's insurance until something adverse happens. "Insurance isn't sexy, but it's as essential as a roof over your head." In these tight times, it's tempting to make insurance a low priority, but this strategy can be penny wise and pound foolish. Pamela Davis, president and CEO of the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group gives us the low-down on liability.
A compendium of resources regarding financial management in the nonprofit sector, including articles on budgeting, operating reserves, balance sheets, scenario planning, dealing with economic uncertainty, and much more.
When you're lacking time and money, it's tempting to wait until a computer breaks or a piece of software becomes obsolete and then think about how you'll replace it. But even in smaller nonprofits, this approach can lead to disaster. Learn how to incorporate technology upgrades into your strategic plan to avoid outages and disruption.
The success of your online outreach hinges on your understanding of the inner workings of the human mind. Use the field of behavioral economics to craft more effective messages that will win the hearts and minds of your audience.
Check out this site that features an extensive archive of research on social issues, contribute your own research to the project, and learn about the use of open licenses and open access standards in the nonprofit sector.
Check out industry-wide benchmarks for nonprofit email, list growth, advocacy, and fundraising programs from 32 nonprofit partners, along with an analysis of growth and social engagement metrics on Facebook and Twitter for nonprofit organizations.
Check-out this comprehensive report on all levels of board operations and governance, including roles and responsibilities, articles and bylaws, ethics, staffing, committee formation, staff relations, and much, much more.
Segregation of duties, checks & balances...difficult to implement in the organization that has perhaps three or fewer staff, or only a few active board members in an all-volunteer organization. CPA Carl Ho, who works with dozens of small nonprofits, details the five most important, most do-able controls for small groups.
Understanding brand value can help nonprofits determine how much to invest in their marketing efforts, how and when to use their brand, and understand the relationship between branding and donor investments.
Most nonprofits are aware of the value of working with a capable grantwriter, but find it difficult to actually establish a working relationship with an effective one. This article discusses the cause of the scarcity of this value resource.
In a continuation of the previous article on finding and hiring grantwriters, this report details how to find grantwriters, select them, how much to pay them and what kinds of payment arrangements to choose.
According to research, more than 111 million people plan to use the Web to give to nonprofits this holiday season. This represents $4 billion in donations to be made online. Read this article to learn about this change in donation trends.
What can foundations and others do to make a difference for the nonprofits and the people they are designed to help? This article presents nine changes that would go a long way toward making philanthropy perform as it is intended to.
The call for demographic diversity in nonprofit organizations grew out of a genuine concern that many nonprofits serving minority communities had few, if any, staff or board members from those same communities. But achieving board diversity isn't easy, leading to this article exploring the complexities involved.
Mission is forever, but message is more urgent and immediate. When an organization is in an internal crisis, the message is more along the lines of damage control: explaining what happened and making sure that everyone who should has the information he or she needs. Read about effective strategies for fundraising based on these communication concepts.
Organizations often confront gaps in leadership that they can't fix on their own. Executive coaching provides leaders with tailored guidance on how to manage people and processes to improve organizational results while building the leader's capacity for delivering those results over the long term.
The fundraising outlook for year-end is looking more positive; donors who were reluctant to give earlier this year seem to be feeling more generous right now. Here are ten simple strategies that will help you exceed your year-end goals.
The estimated value of volunteer time helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Learn more about these figures, including how they are calculated and how nonprofit organizations often use them.
The intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for charitable giving can vary from donor to donor. Nevertheless, understanding donor motivations can lead to fundraising strategies that more effectively target and retain donors. To this end, this article explores donors' self-reported motivations for giving, looking particularly at variations by region of the country, levels of household income and donors' educational level.
One way to be sure that each person on the board is clear on his or her responsibilities is to adopt a board member contract, which explicitly details what is expected of individual board members, and how the organization will in turn be responsible to them.
Regardless of the stigma against sweepstakes and raffles in the nonprofit fundraising sector, these initiatives can attract new donors, increase donations among house file names and raise average gifts. Read about regulations, strategies and success stories.
In the nonprofit economy, gifts are a significant, influential form of currency. A shared set of rules of "gift physics" that predict some of the intended and unintended effects of large gifts can help guide both sides. Read on to find out how to analyze the impact of specific types of gifts on your organization.
Just what nonprofit accountability is, and how it operates, is by no means clear or simple. Yet the first job of a board member should be to explore this concept of public trust
and how it relates to them. This article looks at
the crucial notion of accountability from a variety of perspectives.
The term "critical path" originated in the field of project management to mean the sequence of milestones that a project must follow to finish in the shortest amount of time. Learn how your board can effectively use this strategy.
Despite the significant roles that nonprofits play in local communities and as partners to government, public policymakers sometimes fail to address the needs of nonprofits. This article investigates whether nonprofit employers been excluded from health care reform.
William Bedsworth, Ann Goggins Gregory, Don Howard
When nonprofit organizations are able to invest adequately in staffing and infrastructure, they are better able to carry out their missions. Learn why many organizations often fail to invest in critically important capacity-building initiatives.
A few national studies show that giving declined over the past two years, but not all charities are losing donors. The NonProfit Times convened some industry thought leaders to discuss how to maintain your donor base during challenging economic times.
Tactical mapping is a method for visualizing the "terrain" of an issue and, once the terrain is understood, serves as a planning tool for building more comprehensive strategies and improving coordination with allies.