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Capital Campaigns 101: What are Feasibility Studies?

Big investments should be approached carefully. Most people wouldn’t buy a new house or car sight unseen. The same is true for your nonprofit as it weighs a major fundraising campaign.  Capital campaigns represent significant investments of your organization’s time, resources, and energy. If all goes according to plan, you’ll reap the benefits of raising funding for a major capacity-building initiative, expanding your fundraising capacity, and teaching your team valuable [...]

How Branded Donations Pages Differentiate Your Nonprofit

Donors who reach your donation page are at a critical point in their engagement. Your donation page’s content and presentation impact whether visitors give, how much they contribute, and whether they’ll donate again. One key way to capture donations and leave a lasting impression is through your brand identity. This is what sets you apart from other nonprofits and proves that your organization is worthy of donors’ support.  The best [...]

Donor Qualification: Understanding the Essentials

Imagine your nonprofit is conducting prospect research and finds a promising potential major donor. Based on factors like wealth indicators and past giving behaviors to other organizations, you assume they’d be a perfect match and expect you could successfully build a relationship with them to eventually solicit a large donation.  However, after investing your development team’s time and effort into researching the donor, meeting them, and inviting them to [...]

Setting the Right Goals for Your Campaign: Post-Covid Tips

“Help us figure out how much money can we raise. And we’ll decide on the scope of our project.” Consultants in the capital campaign business often get that request from nonprofits. Before deciding on a project, they want to know how much money they can raise. To be fair, it makes some sense. Perhaps when you were a kid, you saved your change in a piggy bank. When the bank [...]

10 Internal Controls for Safe Nonprofit Finances

Nonprofit accounting is unique when compared to for-profit accounting. This is primarily because nonprofits agree to reinvest all of their revenue back into the mission at hand in exchange for tax-exempt status. This means nonprofits need to be a lot more transparent about their finances in order to ensure accountability to their generous donors. Due to this transparency and the need to be accountable to donors, nonprofits carefully implement internal [...]

Compliance Essentials: 4 Things for New Nonprofits to Know

Fundraising is a core component of any nonprofit. It enables you to cultivate a community, work toward your cause, and create new mission initiatives. Picture this: you’ve gathered your resources and supporters into the beginning stages of a nonprofit organization. You’re all fired up, and inspired to start fundraising for your organization’s cause. But how do you get started with nonprofit compliance laws? Don’t let the complexities of government nonprofit compliance [...]

5 Ongoing Nonprofit Revenue Streams to Add to Your Strategy

When your nonprofit creates or updates your fundraising plan, you’ll probably plan at least a few one-time initiatives and donation drives. But you’ll also want to make sure you have several ongoing revenue streams set up and detailed in your plan. By adding more revenue streams, your organization will have reliable funding coming in all year long. Diversifying your nonprofit’s revenue streams is more sustainable over time than relying solely [...]

8 Top Examples of Fundraising Flyers+Tips to Make Your Own

8 Top Examples of Fundraising Flyers+Tips to Make Your Own So, you have your fundraising idea locked down. Maybe you've drafted some fundraising letters to your community, but you're in search of new ways to spread the word. Look no further! Flyers are a tried-and-true advertising method to get the community engaged with your event and organization. If you see them as an outdated outreach method, we have great news for you. It's true [...]

Choosing a CMS: 3 Tips for Your Nonprofit

A strong nonprofit website engages supporters, educates visitors about your mission, and accepts online donations. Since your website is such a vital component of your online outreach strategy, you’ll need to choose the right content management system (CMS) to build and manage it. You may be considering revamping your website by migrating it to a new system or creating a brand new site from scratch. Before making a decision, [...]

11 Nonprofit Graphic Design Tips to Help You Stand Out

What is Nonprofit Graphic Design? Every nonprofit, from the Gates Foundation to a startup organization that operates out of a garage, has a story. This story is the most powerful tool you have in your arsenal to get people to support your cause. Since the advent of the digital age, virtual communication has become nonnegotiable for pandemic-era fundraising and connecting with donors. This is where graphic design enters the picture. [...]

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