Is it Time to Hire a Grant Writer for Your Nonprofit?

If you want to go after grants, the first question you should ask yourself is this: are we ready to hire a grant writer? You see, going after grants isn’t as easy as you may think. There’s more to it than just filling out an application. And while grants is a common first choice

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Why You Need a Case Statement for Fundraising

As a nonprofit leader, you may have been told somewhere along the lines that you need a great case statement for fundraising. If you haven’t heard that yet, I’m here to deliver the news: You need a case statement! A case statement is a really useful tool for gathering your thoughts around why people

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How to Choose the Right Fundraising Consultant

When you’ve tried everything you know to raise money and it’s just not working, or you find yourself a little lost and not knowing what to do next, it might be time to bring in a fundraising consultant. If you’re like most people running a nonprofit, you got into this to make a difference.

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Write Your Nonprofit Business Plan in 9 Sections

Starting and growing your organization is a lot easier when you have a Nonprofit Business Plan. Unfortunately, many founders or leaders skip creating one — which generally leads to fundraising frustrations and stalled services, among other problems. Maybe they don’t know what a Nonprofit Business Plan can do to help them. Or perhaps it

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Use a Fundraising Dashboard to Help You Navigate Raising Money — And Get More Return on Your Time and Energy!

The best way to manage your efforts and monitor your progress in raising money for your nonprofit is with a Fundraising Dashboard. A Fundraising Dashboard is a simple tool that lets you and your Board turn data into useful insights so you can quickly and easily see how you’re doing. You’ll be able to

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Secrets of Working from Home Successfully

Working from home is a dream for many! The thought of not commuting, hanging out with your pets all day, being able to grab something from the fridge when you want, and following your own schedule sounds almost luxurious! Now that you may have no CHOICE but to work from home, the reality is

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How to get a fundraising intern (for free!)

When there’s more to do than you can get done, one way to get some help is with a fundraising intern. Many founders and Executive Directors find themselves in the positions of doing EVERYTHING for their organization, from running daily operations to managing volunteers to raising money. And, if you’re like most, the budget

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10 Steps to Secure Your Nonprofit’s Future Success

  Success is not about being lucky. It’s about being prepared.   For new, young, and small nonprofits, it’s about systems and working smarter, not harder.   You see, success doesn’t come in a tidal wave. Success comes in slowly, like a pond gently rising from lots of Spring rain.   Simply, success is in30

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It’s Budget Season. Are You Accounting for the Right Things?

By Jay Wilkinson, Firespring CEO   The Overhead Myth: The idea that you can reasonably evaluate a nonprofit’s performance and trustworthiness by only looking at how much they spend (or don’t spend) on overhead, including operating costs, administrative expenses and technology costs. No doubt you’ve heard about this, and like many good nonprofit leaders, have30

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Charitable Solicitations Registration – An Overview

This weeks article was written by Greg McRay from The Foundation Group.     One of the least understood compliance issues facing nonprofits is charitable solicitations registration. Consequently, this also makes it the filing that an organization is most likely to be delinquent concerning.  And that’s a recipe for trouble…trouble that is unnecessary and totally30

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