Compliance Corner: Discounted Mailings for Nonprofits: How to Apply and How to Comply
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Discounted  Mailings for Nonprofits: How to Apply and How to Comply Did you know that you can likely get a discount on mailings for your nonprofit?  The USPS has special pricing for nonprofit mailings. This means you can cut down costs by 54%-80% on mailing your annual appeal letter, event invitations, and more. However, nonprofits […]

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Make the Most out of Your Nonprofit’s Annual Letter Campaign
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Make the Most out of Your Nonprofit’s Annual Letter Campaign It’s October, the season when many nonprofits organize an annual letter campaign. Letter campaigns can be a great fundraising tool when there is enough planning and personalization.  How Letter Campaigns Can Go Wrong However, letter campaigns can also be disastrous. Once, we saw an organization […]

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Grant Heartbeat: Getting Ready for Giving Tuesday
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Getting Ready for Giving Tuesday Making sure your organization is set up to accept online donations on Giving Tuesday can be as labor-intensive and technical as compiling a grant application. Here’s your checklist for ensuring that your organization is ready to go on November 30, 2021. Our advice—complete this checklist well in advance of Giving […]

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How Your Nonprofit Can Benefit from Co-Branding and Corporate Sponsorships
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How Your Nonprofit Can Benefit from Co-Branding and Corporate Sponsorships Have you considered co-branding with a company in support of your nonprofit’s mission? Co-branding can be a highly effective strategy for nonprofits to raise funds, engage volunteers, and build wider support for their cause. There’s more to co-branding than you might think, and in this […]

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Compliance Corner: The Difference Between Funds With and Without Donor Restrictions
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What Is the Difference Between Funds With Donor Restrictions and Without Donor Restrictions? Nonprofits have a unique accounting standard that differs from other types of businesses. Nonprofits have two categories for funds received: 1) funds with donor restrictions, and 2) funds without donor restrictions. These used to be called unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted […]

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Grant Heartbeat: Creating a Budget for a Grant Proposal
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Creating a Budget for a Grant Proposal Besides submitting a written proposal, most grant funders require nonprofits to submit a budget to go along with their application. Typically, you will submit three different types of budgets on your grant proposals. (Not all proposals will ask for all three, but many will ask for at least […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Nonprofit’s Annual Budget
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Everything You Need to Know About Your Nonprofit’s Annual Budget It is budgeting season, which means it’s time for nonprofit leaders to dive deep into financial planning for the coming year. Here is what you absolutely need to know as you begin the budgeting process, especially if you are a new nonprofit leader.  Why create […]

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Now what? Fundraising In A COVID World
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Fundraising in a COVID World Never have nonprofits been more challenged in their fundraising efforts than now.  The cancellations of all events, loss of income for donors and larger donors redirecting funds to emergency pandemic needs have directly impacted the 1.8 million nonprofits across the United States.  Meanwhile we all are trying to do that […]

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How Your Nonprofit Can Be Ready for COVID Relief Loans and other benefits from the CARES Act
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The Unique Opportunity While we hope the government will understand the differences between the for-profit businesses and nonprofit corporations, consider that you may be filling out loans written for businesses and speaking with loan officers who may not be aware of how nonprofits are different.  Unlike most grantors, they may be less interested in your […]

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Creating or Rewriting Nonprofit Mission Statements

A nonprofit mission statement’s purpose is to communicate the essence of an organization. The mission statement includes why you do your work, what you do, how you do it, where you do it and who you do it for. Excellent mission statements are clear, concise, memorable and easy to say. There are many reasons you […]

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