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.
Nonprofits start with great intentions. They want to change the world and make a measurable impact on their communities. However, the sad reality is that many nonprofits will close their doors before they get the chance to do that. Discover more by reading the 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.
There are several different approaches an institution can take when it comes to cultivating donors among its alumni population. In this article, we will walk you through the most effective alumni fundraising and engagement strategies.
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.
Social media platforms are critical tools for nonprofits to build effective communication strategies, increase donations, and reach new audiences. In the following article, we will explore how to run social media for a nonprofit.
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.
Starting a charity is not for the faint of heart—there’s a lot of work on the backend, what with filing for tax-exempt status, honing your mission, recruiting a board, and more preparation work. The good news is we’ve broken down how to start a charity into nine steps in this article.
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.
In this 1-hour workshop with Rachel Werner, we explore the necessity of post-award compliance, especially for government funding, thinking about go-no go for grant opportunities to ensure you can manage the funding and more.
Not sure what to do in a recession? In this 1-hour workshop, we explore what’s the status of the economy today, how recessions can impact fundraising, how you can prepare and adjust your fundraising strategies, and more.
Starting a nonprofit can feel like entering a new world with a completely different language at times. Trying to keep track of all the steps you need to accomplish can become overwhelming. This is why we created an easy-to-follow checklist for you.
Looking for Foundation Directory Online alternatives? Even though FDO has been in the fundraising space for a long time, there are many great platforms with additional features and more user-friendly interfaces that you can use. Learn more from our post.
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.
Read this comprehensive guide to learn how to open a nonprofit bank account step-by-step, what are the main rules you should follow, and how to prevent common mistakes nonprofit make.
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.
In this post, discover the 9 best nonprofit donor appreciation gifts to convey your gratitude and strengthen your relationships with your donors.
In this post, discover the key differences between nonprofits and not-for-profits along with the pros and cons of each of these two organization types.
In this post, discover the 9 best nonprofit conferences to attend in 2022 and what you can expect from each of them.
Need extra hands to pull off your nonprofit project? In this post, we lay out the 7 steps you need to take to launch a successful nonprofit volunteer program.
In this post, discover what a 501c3 determination letter is, why it is crucial to your nonprofit, and learn the 5-step process to get it.
This step-by-step guide teaches you everything you need to know on how to train your volunteers—from planning your onboarding program to supervision.
Learn step-by-step how to write a successful nonprofit press release with real-life examples.
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.
In this one hour workshop, Rhea Wong explores how to reframe our relationship with money to achieve more success in fundraising and asking. We'll dig into how to become aware of your relationship with money, where our money stories come from and how to create different narratives.
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.
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.
A fundraising appeal letter is crucial to your funding success. Learn how to write a fundraising appeal letter that moves the needle in these 5 proven steps.
Looking to revamp your volunteering program? Discover the 7 best volunteer recruitment platforms for 2023 and how to write an impactful recruitment post to get attention.
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, discover what a nonprofit donation platform is, why you may need one, and, learn about the 11 best donation platforms to choose from.
In this blog post, learn what a giving society is, why it's so important, and 5 actionable strategies to apply as you develop one for your nonprofit.
This post explores why individual giving campaigns are and clear actionable steps you can take to start your own individual giving campaign.
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.
This post digs deep into the seven steps you need to take to create a successful nonprofit fundraising event.
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.
This post explores a variety of different donor gift ideas while giving you a framework for how to determine what type of gift may be best for your specific donors.
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.
This post explores what nonprofit bylaws are, why they’re needed, as well as successful nonprofit bylaw examples.
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 explore the best ways to craft a meaningful message when asking for more donations, 9 ways to increase monthly donors to your nonprofit, and other powerful fundraising methods.
In this post, we explore what virtual fundraisers are, why you should consider them for your nonprofit, as well as pros and cons of different types of virtual fundraisers.
In this 1-hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll learn what how to get grant ready and what background information and more to have right at your fingertips, so you get to what’s really important – describing the great program that needs funding, today!
In this post, we dig into what nonprofit board members are, why you need them, as well as how many you should have.
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 sways company decision-makers when reviewing donation requests.
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 explores the differences between 501c3s and 501c4s while noting the similarities between these two types of organizations.
This post explores differences and similarities between NPOs and NGOs. Read on to learn the difference!
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 be able to examine the criteria for weighing low, medium, and high-level priority prospects and how this can feed into dashboard data and your fundraising plan.
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.
The easy answer is yes. In this article, discover the key rules nonprofits need to follow to own a for-profit and why it's one of the best ways to support their mission.