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The ABC's Of Forming Your 501(c)(3)

October 13, 2016

Starting your own nonprofit is exciting, but navigating state and IRS requirements is a significant challenge. Despite these challenges, the journey to creating a 501(c)(3) to serve an unmet need is well worth the investment.

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4 Best Practices For Spicing Up The Need Section With Data

September 8, 2016

Most people don’t think of data as “spicy,” or of adding any real interest. But actual data, sprinkled sparingly in appropriate places, can be extremely effective in driving home an important point. Backing up your assertions of need with carefully selected facts demonstrates to the funder that you’ve done your homework. Read four best practices for sprinkling the spice of data into your foundation proposal recipes.

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The Key To Great Year-End Fundraising? Your Brand.

August 29, 2016

August is a great time to take a step back and plan ahead for year-end fundraising season. Dan Gunderman, Creative Director, at Big Duck shares why it is important to connect the season of giving to your overall organization.

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Donors Don’t Want Their Gifts Spent On Overhead … Or Do They?

August 22, 2016

“Overhead” can be a dirty word in nonprofit circles. The common belief is that many – if not most – donors don’t want their donations used for anything other than supporting the mission of the organization. So, is it myth or fact? This post shares research from GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator about what is important to donors.

Image of Youthgiving log with magnifying glass Showcasing The Power Of Youth As Grantmakers

August 15, 2016 connects members of the youth giving movement, elevates the stories of incredible young leaders, and provides a gathering place to propel the movement forward. Sarah Bahn, Foundation Center intern, shares how young people are enhancing the social sector through philanthropy.

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Is the IRS Form 1023-EZ Too EZ?

August 15, 2016

Chuck McLean, a founding employee of GuideStar shares issues that have been raised by the new IRS Form 1023-EZ application for tax-exempt status, which allows some organizations with annual receipts of $50,000 or less to apply on-line using a much simpler form and process than that required by Form 1023.

New Developments in Foundation Support for Leadership Development

August 9, 2016

“Strong leadership is critical for effective social sector organizations, yet the sector chronically underinvests in its leaders.”

So began Leveraging Social Sector Leadership, a 2015 report by U.C. Berkeley researchers for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). The GEO report calls leadership development—for activities such as coaching, mentoring, executive education—the highest form of capacity building for the social sector.