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Balancing the Mission Checkbook

  • Look Before You Leap (Into a 501(c)(3), That Is)
    Before you file for a 501(c)(3), read these common mistakes made by new nonprofits.The post Look Before You Leap (Into a 501(c)(3), That Is) appeared first on Propel Nonprofits.
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 1:41pm -
  • 8 Trends in the Nonprofit Sector
    Kate Barr, President & CEO of Propel Nonprofits, discusses eight trends facing the nonprofit sector in 2019.The post 8 Trends in the Nonprofit Sector appeared first on Propel Nonprofits.
    - 30 days ago, 19 Jun 19, 11:54am -
  • Leadership Doesn’t Have to be Lonely
    Jean Johnson is one of Propel Nonprofits' Leaders Circles coaches. In this blog, she discusses how circles combat leadership loneliness. The post Leadership Doesn’t Have to be Lonely appeared first on Propel Nonprofits.
    - 58 days ago, 22 May 19, 9:13am -
  • Do you equip your board for financial strategy?
    Give your board cake, not a bowl of batter. Read Kate Barr's blog on what financial information is helpful for setting strategy.The post Do you equip your board for financial strategy? appeared first on Propel Nonprofits.
    - 73 days ago, 7 May 19, 1:29pm -
  • Help! I’ve Been Elected Board Treasurer

    Help! I’ve Been Elected Board Treasurer

    The role of nonprofit board treasurer is about more than ensuring compliance and approving budgets; it requires creativity, openness, and collaboration. Read Mario Hernandez's full blog.The post Help! I’ve Been Elected Board Treasurer appeared fir…
    - 8 Apr 19, 8:59am -
  • What Makes a Good Executive Director/CEO + Board Chair Relationship?
    Glyn Northington is the board chair of Grantmakers in the Arts. He and Eddie Torres, GIA's president & CEO, discuss what makes an effective chair/CEO relationship.The post What Makes a Good Executive Director/CEO + Board Chair Relationship? appeared…
    - 20 Mar 19, 1:11pm -
  • Let’s Have Better Board Meetings

    Let’s Have Better Board Meetings

    Don’t underestimate the power of a great, well-led meeting to change the world…one room at a time. “The future is created one room at a time, one gathering at a time....The post Let’s Have Better Board Meetings appeared first on Propel Nonp…
    - 12 Mar 19, 12:19pm -
  • Three Reasons to Love Cash Flow
    Allison Wagstrom spells out why your nonprofit should embrace cash flow projections.The post Three Reasons to Love Cash Flow appeared first on Propel Nonprofits.
    - 11 Feb 19, 9:57am -
  • Survey Says: 2018 Minnesota Nonprofit CFO Survey Highlights, Trends

    Survey Says: 2018 Minnesota Nonprofit CFO Survey Highlights, Trends

    Kate Barr of Propel Nonprofits discusses interesting findings and sector trends to watch from the 2018 Minnesota Nonprofit CFO Survey.The post Survey Says: 2018 Minnesota Nonprofit CFO Survey Highlights, Trends appeared first on Propel Nonprofits.
    - 23 Jan 19, 1:58pm -
  • Four Qualities of Financial Leaders
    Effective leaders realize they can’t delegate finances to an accountant and expect to have the organization stay financially healthy. A highlight of 2018 – and one of the things I’m...The post Four Qualities of Financial Leaders appeared first…
    - 8 Jan 19, 4:22pm -

Nolo's Fundraising Tips for NPO's

  • Backing Up Your Case for Support With Statistics; or Not

    Backing Up Your Case for Support With Statistics; or Not

    As Jerold Panas brilliantly explains in this excerpt from Making a Case Your Donors Will Love, statistics should be used only sparingly when making a case that your organization needs support due to an identifiable community need. “Statistics ha…
    - 4 Dec 14, 8:29pm -
  • Getting Your Nonprofit Ready for Giving Tuesday

    Getting Your Nonprofit Ready for Giving Tuesday

    It used to be that nonprofits’ biggest concern at this time of year was roping in those last tax-deduction-seeking donors before December 31st. But this year, December 2nd also requires a big red circle on one’s calendar, as the 2nd annual “Gi…
    - 11 Nov 14, 1:03pm -
  • Season of Sugar Begins: Can We Reduce It When Fundraising?

    Season of Sugar Begins: Can We Reduce It When Fundraising?

    No, I’m not going to become the Halloween equivalent of a Scrooge and give out toothbrushes or apples on Halloween — there will be candy at my door. Nevertheless, if I can put on my Berkeley hippie hat for a moment, now seems like a good time to…
    - 31 Oct 14, 7:22pm -
  • Is It All Bad News Regarding Individual Giving?

    Is It All Bad News Regarding Individual Giving?

    What a rush of apparent bad news we’ve seen lately in the realm of recorded or anticipated donations to nonprofits:  The wealthy are giving less of a share of their income to charity, according to analysis by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. “Amer…
    - 10 Oct 14, 7:19pm -
  • Don’t Let Tax Rules Intimidate When Writing Nonprofit Thank-You’s to Donors

    Don’t Let Tax Rules Intimidate When Writing Nonprofit Thank-You’s to Donors

    Reading Roger Craver (author of Retention Fundraising: The New Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors for Life) should put a jolt into any fundraiser’s Monday morning, with his analysis of why the nonprofit sector is “hemorrhaging donors and lo…
    - 22 Sep 14, 1:13pm -
  • The Message of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Other Nonprofits

    The Message of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Other Nonprofits

    Could anyone have predicted that this would be the next big fundraising  strategy to go viral and bring in big bucks? You’ve by now no doubt heard about the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association‘s challenge, in which social media parti…
    - 19 Aug 14, 1:58pm -
  • For Fundraising Auction, Parties Can Be Scaled to Any Size and Age

    For Fundraising Auction, Parties Can Be Scaled to Any Size and Age

    An auction to raise money for a school or other nonprofit may, over the years, develop its own, unique culture and tradition. That’s what has occurred in the Piedmont school district of California, where parties, put on by parents, have become…
    - 11 Aug 14, 12:07pm -
  • Plus Side of Not Receiving Huge Donations: No Need to Return Huge Donations!

    Plus Side of Not Receiving Huge Donations: No Need to Return Huge Donations!

    It seems there’s been an epidemic recently of nonprofits either having to, or deciding to, return money to disgraced donors. On the “having to” list, just this week the Wall Street Journal reported that the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota…
    - 12 Jun 14, 4:35pm -
  • Nonprofit Email Subject Line Fails

    Nonprofit Email Subject Line Fails

    Ping, ping, ping. New messages keep popping up in my email box, many of them from various nonprofits. (Silly me, I can’t resist signing all those petitions; an apparently effective way for nonprofits to capture names and email addresses.) No way am…
    - 30 May 14, 12:48pm -
  • Why Billionaires Sign on to Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge

    Why Billionaires Sign on to Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge

    A total of 127 people have now added their names to the “Giving Pledge” list  started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. It’s no token commitment: The billionaires on this list have agreed to give over half of their wealth to charitable cause…
    - 20 May 14, 2:51pm -

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  • New S.F. Hospital Gets $75-Million From Zuckerberg and Chan
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, have donated $75-million to San Francisco General Hospital to fund critical equipment and advanced medical technology at its new building, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Th…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:50am -
  • IRS Chief Wary of 2016 Impact for Nonprofit Politicking Rules
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency does not have a set timeline to pursue new restrictions on nonprofit groups’ political work and is guarding against the appearance of influencing next year’s presidential electio…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:45am -
  • After Years of Growth, Teach for America Recruitment Falling
    Applications to join Teach for America, the national education nonprofit, which sends new, quickly trained college graduates into troubled school districts for two-year classroom stints, are down by about 10 percent from a year ago, the second straig…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:40am -
  • Mass. Health Chain Rethinks Expansion After Court Rebuff
    The new chief executive of Partners HealthCare tells The Boston Globe the nonprofit Massachusetts medical system will “re-evaluate” its growth plans following a judicial blow to its proposed purchase of three more hospitals. David Torchiana, a su…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:30am -
  • Ex-Head of Ala. Health Charity Accused of $14-Million Fraud
    The former CEO of a Birmingham, Ala., nonprofit whose mission is providing health care to the poor and homeless, has been charged with diverting $14-million in federal grant funds, property, and other assets for private gain, The Birmingham News repo…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:20am -
  • Taking on Corcoran Collection Transforms National Gallery
    The New York Times and The Washington Post report on the National Gallery of Art’s absorption of the now-closed Corcoran Gallery of Art’s collection, an unprecedented transfer that could dramatically remake the National Gallery.The Smithsonian-a…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:10am -
  • Major Museums Sour on Photo-Facilitating ‘Selfie Sticks’
    Several prominent museums have banned “selfie sticks” or are mulling doing so, citing concerns that the gadgets that allow users to hold cameras at a distance and take better self-portraits pose a hazard to visitors and exhibits, CBS New York and…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:00am -
  • College Endowments Grow Bearish on Alternative Investments
    Major college and university endowments are trimming their reliance on alternative assets like hedge funds and private equity, retreating from a strategy that got the financial world’s attention by drawing big gains before the recession, according…
    - 5 Feb 15, 10:50am -
  • N.Y. Nonprofit Ousts Legal-Aid Lawyers Over Anti-Police Video
    Two public defenders have been forced to resign from a New York City-funded legal-aid organization after appearing in a rap video that called for killing police officers, reports The New York Times. The executive director of Bronx Defenders, Robin St…
    - 5 Feb 15, 10:40am -
  • Philadelphia Schools Group Pledges $35-Million for More Charters
    A nonprofit education organization in Philadelphia has offered the city school system up to $35-million to open new charter schools that could enroll some 15,000 students, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes. Mark Gleason, executive director of the Phil…
    - 5 Feb 15, 10:30am -
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