Write your annual fundraising plan with these 6 steps

If you don’t have an annual fundraising plan in writing, you’re not alone. Most folks who work in a small nonprofit have no fundraising plan. Or maybe they have a few ideas about what they want to do, but it’s not written down anywhere, which means it isn’t a real plan. People who take

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Master the skill of writing for fundraising with these tips

Fundraising is based on relationships. Relationships are built through communication and trust. That means if you’re not communicating with your donors, you will lose them, plain and simple. Since most of your donor communications will be in print, that means writing for fundraising is key to your success. Think about it: Donors keep up

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How to write a strong nonprofit mission statement

Your nonprofit mission statement is the foundation of your organization’s work. It describes what your nonprofit does, clarifying your purpose and giving the organization direction for daily operations. It should keep you focused and moving in a single direction forward, only engaging in activities that fulfill the mission (and avoiding mission creep). A strong

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How to create and use a nonprofit editorial calendar

If you run a nonprofit, you already know that you must communicate to keep current donors engaged and attract new ones. That’s why you have a newsletter; it’s why you’ve set up the website and the blog; it’s why you’ve signed up for various forms of social media that are supposed to let you

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How You Can Use Nonprofit Storytelling to Increase Donations and Involvement

Words are everything in fundraising. The way you tell your story and engage people in your message can make or break your fundraising efforts. We’re talking about nonprofit storytelling here. What do we mean by storytelling?  And why is it so important in the nonprofit sector? At its most basic level, storytelling is a

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How to raise money: 3 steps to creating sustainable funding for your new, young, or small nonprofit

Most founders start their nonprofit because they want to make a difference or solve a problem in the community. They quickly realize that knowing how to raise money is the key to fulfilling their mission. The problem is that they don’t know much about fundraising except what they’ve seen others do. That’s why most

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How to raise money when Imposter Syndrome makes you feel like a fraud

People start businesses and nonprofits to make a difference, not to raise money, be a leader, or manage an organization. Maybe this is you. Your dream is to change lives and solve problems. Or maybe you didn’t start your nonprofit, but you may as well have because the passion and commitment to the cause

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How to build your first nonprofit Board

Building your first nonprofit Board is both fun and challenging. It’s a huge opportunity to pull in people who can help you launch your dream and fulfill your nonprofit’s purpose. For some people, it’s the first time they ask for help, which can be a bit unnerving and make the process challenging. The big

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9 nonprofit leadership skills every Founder & Director must master

Growing a nonprofit takes more than just passion: you also need creativity, persistence, and a handful of nonprofit leadership skills to guide your organization through the growth years. Without good leadership, everything falls apart. It’s like a band with no director – everyone is playing their own song and together it’s just noise instead

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