Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of the day, and it is a problem that the nonprofit sector is taking serious action against. For nonprofit organizations engaged in mitigating climate change and protecting our planet, fundraising around this issue and securing sustainable sources of revenue is vital. Learn more in this article.
A nonprofit organization is only as successful as the workers it employs. To ensure success for your nonprofit organization it is imperative to invest in your employees’ futures, professional growth, and career advancement. Learn more in this article.
You might be wondering what the difference between a nonprofit and a foundation is so that you can pick the right entity to serve your purposes. In this article, we will examine the differences between the two so that you can decide which type of organization is better suited for your needs.
Joining a nonprofit board is a great way to make a difference, lending your time, resources, and expertise to a worthy cause to help further a mission. However, if you’re not already involved with an organization, it can be difficult to know where to look or begin. Learn more in this article.
If the thought of building a nonprofit website from scratch seems intimidating, have no fear! There is a wealth of easy-to-use web-based platforms, tools, and resources that will help even the most novice web designer develop an excellent website that blows people away. Read this article to learn more.
Learning how to create a budget for a nonprofit organization can be one of the hardest challenges you face. In this article, we’ll go over what a nonprofit budget is, why budgeting is so important, and some recommended best practices that will help your organization succeed.
There are many different ways to get the word out, and in this article, we’ll show you how to promote a nonprofit organization effectively. We’ll explain how to identify your target audience, set goals, and create strategies to help take your organization to the next level.
There are several online resources and tools that donors can use to find out more about nonprofit organizations—from their work to their finances to the partners they associate with. Discover more in this article.
Volunteers play such a critical role in nonprofits, helping to power day-to-day operations simply because they believe so strongly in the cause. But, just like donors, if you don’t properly cultivate these relationships, they’ll leave for new opportunities. Here's how to prevent that.
Nonprofits offer their employees compensation, benefits, and other perks just like other companies. However, this compensation may look different in some ways, including the different funding sources, types of nonprofit employee compensation, and more.
You may be wondering, “how much money can nonprofits keep?” In this article, we will investigate policies governing nonprofit finances, common sources of nonprofit revenue, and best practices for nonprofit financial management.
Working in nonprofits can be incredibly rewarding. However, it can be difficult to navigate the nonprofit industry if you’re not familiar with common nonprofit job titles and roles. But that’s where this guide comes in handy.
What is capacity building, and how exactly can nonprofits use it to improve their organizations? In this article, we’ll help you understand how to build capacity in nonprofit organizations to improve your systems and work toward making your mission a reality.
Want to learn how to identify the different types of budgeting methodologies and which ones are the most effective? Don Needs, a financial analyst from Jitasa has shared the difference between budgeting and forecasting and why your organization needs both, explained how to utilize technology to speed up the budgeting and forecasting cycle, where Instrumentl fits into the picture and more!
If you are looking for a job that truly makes a difference, then this article will not only help you understand how to become a nonprofit consultant, but it will also provide tips on how to excel in this exciting field.
A nonprofit can be doing the most incredible, meaningful work in the world—but without the right communication strategies, no one will know about it. It’s up to your organization to tell its story, whether you’re shouting it from the rooftops or sharing it personally with key stakeholders.
In this workshop, you can learn what are Volunteer Matching Grants, why they are valuable and impactful, how to use your current volunteer program to find Volunteer Grants, growing your nonprofit's volunteer grant program, and more.
Google Ad Grants is such an indispensable tool. By providing nonprofits with a free advertisement budget in the biggest search engine in the world, Google gives you the ability to reach new supporters. Read more in our comprehensive guide.
In this post, we’ll show you one of the simplest, easiest tools you can use to track funds and motivate your donors and your staff until you reach your goal! It’s called a fundraising thermometer. Let's see the benefits of having one and whether or not you need it.
In this article, we’ll break down what these best animal charities are doing right. What makes them so successful? And what can your nonprofit learn from them that will help improve your work in animal welfare, rescue, or conservation? Keep reading for useful tips.
In this 60-minute grant writing deep-dive session, Margit Brazda-Poirier shares what to do and what not to do when it comes to project budgets. She explores the best way to present an A+ project budget and more.
Curious on how to write a nonprofit strategic plan? Read our step-by-step guide to discover three different planning models, prevent common mistakes, and learn from the best examples of strategic plans.
Writing a slogan for your nonprofit is a unique creative challenge. Learn the 7 key steps to come up with a slogan that will reflect your nonprofit's mission and values, discover examples of successful slogans, and understand how to avoid common mistakes.
Struggling to raise money for your nonprofit? Learn more about the different ways you can secure funding—from grants and donations to sponsorships and direct outreach to individual contributors, there are a lot of options out there.
Wondering how to find form 990s for nonprofits? Learn more about main types of 990s forms, different search engines you can use, and the quickest way to extract insights from 990s forms to win more grants.
In this 1-hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll get clarity on how to make the job of fundraising as awesome as it can be and learn a simple and easy-to-understand "5 Day Fundraising Framework" to organize your fundraising life.
In this post, discover the top corporation grants for nonprofits and learn the 6-step formula for the application process to increase your chances of winning.
Learn step-by-step how to set up a nonprofit organization—from creating a business plan to fundraising. Plus, 3 common mistakes to avoid in the process.
Ever wondered what makes a good grant proposal? Discover the 7 must-have sections a winning grant proposal should include and 3 dreading mistakes to avoid.
Discover what an in kind donation is, how to increase your in kind donations and, how to report them when filing for taxes [with examples].
Not sure what the difference between a 501c6 and 501c3 is? In this article, we'll demystify the 5 key differences between the two, from mission to taxes!
In this blog post, discover what an annual fund plan is, why you absolutely need one, and 7 actionable steps to develop yours.
Discover what nonprofit sponsorship levels are, why they are essential, and master the 5-step process to create successful sponsorship levels [with examples].
Discover 3 effective ways to call for nonprofit donations with templates to put them into action right away.
Learn how to write an effective grant evaluation plan, including building a logic model, to evaluate the success of a grant-funded project [with examples]
In this blog post, explore 7 proven strategies to raise money for your nonprofit in 2023, including membership programs, silent auctions, corporate sponsorships and more.
Discover the role of an end of year fundraising email and master the 5-step process of writing a successful one to relay your gratitude to donors this year.
Learn everything you need to know about 403(b) — what it is, how it works, how it is different from a 401(k), and finally, if 403(b) can rollover to 401(k).
In this blog post, discover 11 practical ways to build better relationships with your donors and why you should prioritize your donor relationships in the first place.
In this blog post, discover what an annual appeal letter is, its importance to your nonprofit, and 7 expert tips to write one effectively.
Thinking about applying for a volunteer grant? In this blog post, discover where to find, how to apply, and 7 time-tested strategies to win a volunteer grant.
In this blog post, discover what a nonprofit endowment is, why your nonprofit should start an endowment, and 5 proven steps to do it successfully.
In this blog post, discover what an annual letter is, why it's important, and 5 rules to follow as you write your own.
In this blog post, we lay out the proven grant writing process — from finding the right grants for your nonprofit to writing a winning proposal in 7 steps.
In this blog post, discover the 9 essential components of a good grant proposal and learn the timeless tips and tricks to make yours stand out (along with 4 extra resources).
Learn step-by-step how to set up a volunteer data plan and collect key metrics. Get tips to effectively showcase your volunteer program's success in your grant proposals.
In this blog post, learn the 5-step methodology to create a strong nonprofit risk reduction strategy and why nonprofits need to manage their risks in the first place.
Discover what a typical day of a nonprofit executive looks like, what their responsibilities are, and importantly, how much they make [with real job descriptions].
Looking for donor management tips to help you scale your organization? Learn 7 donor management tips along with what you should avoid when working with donors.
Not sure what a fiscal sponsor is? Watch his video to learn more about what fiscal sponsors are and how you can find one for yourself.
Are grants considered taxable income? That question is answered and more in this post as explore what types of grants are tax-free along with other commonly asked questions.
Need more help for your nonprofit? Volunteers can be a great place to turn to for an extra hand. In this post, we explore the keys to successful recruitment of volunteers for your nonprofit.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you'll learn how to set your nonprofit up for success with funders by designing accurate and achievable performance indicators.
Volunteers can make a massive difference on your nonprofit. This post explores examples of successful thanks to nonprofit volunteers and offers ideas you may be able to use for your own nonprofit.
Today, we’re proud to announce four new features to our platform: Calendar View, Salesforce Integration, Improved Application Deadlines, and our Consultant Plan.
In this 1-hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll learn how to assess the readiness of clients and nonprofit organizations for grant funding - including what questions to ask and which documents to review.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll learn how to use a hyper-focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to improve the strength and duration of grant-funder relationships.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll be able to leverage automation and cloud systems, facilitate cross-departmental collaboration, and create basic workflows and plug-and-play grant templates.
In this post, we'll explore the key differences between restricted and unrestricted funds, as well as help you consider which may be better for your nonprofit.
In this post, we explore what the eleven common nonprofit board member responsibilities are to help you understand the importance of different common roles of boards.
In this 1-hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll be able to know what an LOI is and why it is important to the grant writing process, how to obtain the key elements necessary for an LOI, and how to understand the construction of an LOI.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll be able to find evidence-based data and evidence-based means, how to read and understand the data, and how to summarize evidence-based data and use it to support/justify your grant proposal.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll be able to build a funnel and know who goes in, how to steward funders, and how to add new prospect.
In this post, we'll explore the ins and outs of what makes a great nonprofit annual report. We'll also leave you with 5 key things to nail when writing your nonprofit annual report.
In this 60-minute grant writing deep-dive session, Margit Brazda-Poirier shares her 1-page formula for writing LOIs that get attention from funders every time and we dive deep into two registrants' draft LOIs for feedback.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll be able to know how to write a "boilerplate grant template" to help streamline your grant writing process.
This post explores what nonprofit case statements are, considerations you should keep in mind when writing your own case statement along with examples of successful nonprofit case statements.
This post details why citing sources are so important for grant proposals and then five steps you can take to do so correctly.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll be able to build a funnel and know who goes in, how to steward funders, and how to add new prospects.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll be able to know what is 100% board giving and why do you need to secure grants, and what role does equity play in a 100% board giving policy.
In this 1-hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll learn how to utilize several different decision-making tools to help determine which prospects to pursue and create a replicable system that will help you win the right funders in the future.
This post explains what a nonprofit mission statement is, how to write one in five steps, and outlines four clear examples of strong nonprofit mission statements.
In this post, discover what makes a grant proposal budget successful, common mistakes to avoid, and learn from the 3 best nonprofit grant budget examples to develop your own.
In this post, discover the 5 things to consider when developing your nonprofit brand, top branding mistakes to avoid, and learn from the 4 best nonprofit branding examples to craft your own.
Discover the best grant writing software and learn how to choose the right one for you as a nonprofit representative or consultant (or both!).
In this post, learn what a micro grant is, why it might be a good fit for your nonprofit, and discover some micro grant opportunities you can apply to right today.
This post explores what makes a great grant proposal, 7 easy ways to come up with grant proposal ideas, and where you can find inspiration for grant proposals.
Wondering whether or not you could benefit from a grant writing course? Check out these grant writing courses we've reviewed for inspiration of places to go to level up your grant writing education.
Curious about the most common mistakes when it comes to writing executive summaries? Read on in this post as we dig into errs folks make, as well as how to make sure you avoid making the same mistakes!
This post explores the common structure of grant proposals along with what is most important for grant proposals to help you level up your grant writing.
In this blog post, we will explore exactly what to do to tell your organization’s story, delving into the most comprehensive list of 45 organizational storytelling examples and tips.
This post dives into the 21 best grant writing examples to show you how to compose an impactful cover, make your case for support, and weave data into your proposal, among many other actionable tips.
In this 1-hour webinar (with 15 minutes Q&A), Steve Boland will share with you how to use logic models to show outcomes from correlations.
This post explores what a grant budget should include, examples of direct costs vs. indirect costs, how to write grant budget justifications, and give you a list of grant budget examples.
In this post, we’ll dig into what a grant writer is vs. a grant manager, how both can benefit your nonprofit, and more.
In this post, we’ll explore the average time to complete a grant, five tips to writing grants faster, how to track and manage grants more efficiently and more.
In this post, we explore how nonprofits typically receive funding, what are grants for nonprofits vs. donors to nonprofits, how to choose the right funding strategy for your nonprofit and more.
In this post, we’ll dig into what is a grant, what standard grant lifecycles look like, and how to find grant opportunities for your nonprofit.
Curious if grant writing is hard? Read this post to learn when grant writing becomes easier, how long it takes to learn grant writing, how to learn grant writing faster, and more.
In this post, we dig into what makes an effective impact narrative, the importance of impact narratives, as well as five steps you can take to write good ones for yourself.
In this post, we'll explore what are logic models for grants, when you should use them, five simple steps to build your own logic model, and then set you up with tips to help you build your own.
This post explores what letters of intent are, gives you a list of letter of intent samples, along with a template you can use for yourself and your nonprofit.
In this post, we'll dig into what makes a strong grant proposal, effective tips you can use to plan grant proposals better, and give you techniques you can use to bolster your proposals.
This article will teach you what an engaged board looks like, how engaged boards can help you win grants, and 7 easy steps that you can take to engage your board.
In this one-hour webinar (including time for Q&A), Allison Shirk will teach you how the process of reviewing grant applications is changing so that more organizations are able to compete and how you can stand out and make your grants more successful.
In this post, we'll explore whether or not grants are worth all the effort, the seven signs to help you determine if a grant is worth pursuing, and bonus tips for when and when not to pursue a grant.
This post will explain what grant search engines are, how to evaluate them based on your organization's needs, and which search engines stand out from the rest. We'll dig into common tools such as Instrumentl, Foundation Directory Online, and more.
This article will describe what a grant narrative is, what the keys to an effective grant narrative are, the best tips & tricks for making your narrative stand out, and some additional resources to help you in developing your grant narrative.
In this post, you will learn how to respond to rejection letters by learning how to move on and improve your proposals. We also include several samples of responses to rejections.
In this 1-hour webinar (with 15 minutes Q&A), Shavonn Richardson, founder of Think and Ink Grant Consulting, will share with you how to take action today and develop a proven reusable strategy for every grant your organization finds.