Regardless of a nonprofit’s unique mission and goals, legislative advocacy can be an effective tool to further the organization’s cause. A nonprofit organization that is involved in legislative advocacy ultimately allow their members to see an active organization championing their cause. Here are three strategies to help propel your nonprofit organization's legislative advocacy efforts.
At a time when the nonprofit community is bracing for cuts to federal grant funding programs and state budgets, it’s empowering to remember that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens really can change the world.
Whether gearing up for a capital campaign or are just looking to learn more about these intense fundraising endeavors, this guide has you covered. It answers several pertinent questions about implementing a capital campaign.
We all have distinct personalities—some of us are outgoing and whimsical, while others are nerdy and creative. Your nonprofit is no different.
There are a multitude of benefits to peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising, from community-building to cost-cutting. In this article, we’ll show you tips to perfect your P2P campaign and reveal best practices for designing your plan so that you can maximize those benefits and exceed your fundraising goals.
It's time to work smarter not harder. Just as you plan for a meal, the task of developing an endowment plan can at first be perceived as a daunting task. The lack of time, staff, capacity and a budget can be huge stumbling blocks to the necessary requirements for endowment development. Here are four steps you can take to get started.
I was chatting with a friend about professional development recently, and he brought up something that really irks both of us—nonprofit executives that are reluctant to provide mentorship or even to start a conversation with junior staff about their career goals. If I invest in this rising star, the thinking goes, then she will go get a better job and my organization will lose her talent. Our career development efforts will be wasted. This attitude does no one any good. Here's why.
For years, I’ve noticed that the majority of faces you see in most nonprofits belong to women. Beyonce got it right: women are the backbone of the social sector! They lead organizations, run departments, and power nonprofits at all levels. In fact, women make up most of the nonprofit workforce, yet despite that, we still occupy only a small percentage of the leadership slots at the top 400 charities. Read on to learn how we can change that.
According to the GivingUSA reports for at least the last 5 years, more than 70% of the $378 billion contributed to nonprofits each year has come from individuals—and if you factor in family foundations, that number probably comes close to 80%. Since individuals consistently make up the largest donor group, it is worth looking at how to can create a sustainable fundraising model that focuses on building relationships with your donors.
Despite the size of the $1.5 trillion nonprofit sector in the U.S.—nearly 10% of the economy—nonprofits are subject to rather minimal independent professional scrutiny beyond annual audits. If you work at a nonprofit and want to assess your own performance or if you are an investor looking to give to the most impactful organizations, how can you spot superior performance? Here is a brief overview of ten things you should look for when determining if a nonprofit organization is a high performer.