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Grant Proposals: More than the Money

> Posted on May 19th, by Barbara Floersch in Nonprofits. 2 comments
Grant Proposals: More than the Money

A grant proposal invites a funder to join your organization as a partner in positive change. The best proposals lay out cogent, powerful arguments convincing the funder that what your organization is concerned about is of great mutual interest and … Read more >>



Seeking Your Next Fundraising Goal? Ask Your Donors!

> Posted on May 10th, by Larry Johnson in Fundraising, Nonprofits. 9 comments
Seeking Your Next Fundraising Goal? Ask Your Donors!

Every fundraising program has them. Financial objectives, which are set and tracked internal to the organization. We also have fundraising goals, which we communicate to our constituents. I’ll call those “external” goals.

It really doesn’t matter whether the objective is … Read more >>



A Primer on Nonprofit Grant Writing

> Posted on March 30th, by Megan Hill in Nonprofits. 3 comments
A Primer on Nonprofit Grant Writing

Many nonprofits view grant writing as an indelible part of running a charity. While it can be a helpful revenue stream, the reality is that grants are extremely competitive, and without certain preparedness measures, most nonprofits’ grant writing efforts … Read more >>



3 Big Compliance Concerns for Nonprofits Raising Money from Corporate Giving Programs

> Posted on February 24th, by Adam Weinger in Compliance, Fundraising.
3 Big Compliance Concerns for Nonprofits Raising Money from Corporate Giving Programs

As you likely know, nonprofits have to remain compliant with many local, state, and federal regulations.

Whether you’re crowdfunding, asking for donations online, or just fundraising in general, compliance laws are everywhere.

If your nonprofit is receiving donations from … Read more >>



IRS Study Reveals that 37% of Form 1023-EZ Applicants Improperly Received 501(c)(3) Tax Exemptions

> Posted on January 22nd, by James in Legal Issues, Nonprofits. 4 comments
IRS Study Reveals that 37% of Form 1023-EZ Applicants Improperly Received 501(c)(3) Tax Exemptions

The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) recently submitted its 2015 Annual Report to the United States Congress. That report contained an analysis of Form 1023-EZ that the IRS released in July 2014 as a streamlined 501(c)(3) application. The findings in … Read more >>



How Often Should I Tweet, Email, and Post During a 30-Day Online Fundraising Campaign?

> Posted on December 28th, by Andrew Littlefield in Fundraising, Nonprofits. 6 comments
How Often Should I Tweet, Email, and Post During a 30-Day Online Fundraising Campaign?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a nonprofit decides to get into online fundraising. They put together a great video and launch a crowdfunding campaign, hoping to raise tens of thousands of dollars.

And then…nothing happens. Crickets.… Read more >>



3 Things You Should Know About Your Donors Before Making a Solicitation

> Posted on December 7th, by Sarah Tedesco in Fundraising, Nonprofits.
3 Things You Should Know About Your Donors Before Making a Solicitation

Nonprofits of all sizes can appreciate the difficulty of fundraising. Whether your organization is brand new and you are waiting for your IRS determination letter or further along and focusing on your major gifts program, donation solicitation has its … Read more >>



End of Year Compliance for Nonprofits 2015

> Posted on November 16th, by James in Compliance, Nonprofits. 1 Comment
End of Year Compliance for Nonprofits 2015

The end of the year is the most important time for nonprofit organizations. Not only does over 30% of annual giving occur in December, but the end of year also coincides with a number of compliance requirements. These state, … Read more >>



Ohio Lowers Business Registration Fees

> Posted on October 16th, by James in Industry News. 1 Comment
Ohio Lowers Business Registration Fees

Effective September 24, 2015, the Ohio Secretary of State has lowered business registration fees across the board. This includes incorporation and qualification fees for both business and nonprofit entities.

The current registration fee to incorporate, form an LLC, or qualify … Read more >>



Pennsylvania Releases New Foreign Registration Statement

> Posted on July 20th, by James in Industry News. 2 comments
Pennsylvania Releases New Foreign Registration Statement

As of July 1, 2015, Pennsylvania released a new “Foreign Registration Statement,” for immediate use with all entities, and it simplifies choosing the right state form.

The Foreign Registration Statement, Form DSCB:15-412, which we have linked to here, will … Read more >>