How to Win Grants and Boost Your Organization’s Revenue


Nonprofits, associations, and other organizations with membership programs work tirelessly to create meaningful experiences for their supporters and communities. But crafting these experiences isn’t easy—or cheap. The dedication, planning, and resources that go into them require funding, and lots of it. Organizations often need multiple revenue streams to successfully organize events, connect with members, and run day-to-day operations. For nonprofits and membership-based organizations, grants are one of the most impactful ways to generate this much-needed revenue. But because so many other organizations are vying for the same funds, grant opportunities can be fiercely competitive. On average, roughly 2,700 grant proposals are submitted daily—fewer than 200 of which [...]

How to Win Grants and Boost Your Organization’s Revenue2024-01-09T13:39:46-05:00

3 Best Practices for Organizing a Nonprofit Clothing Drive


Nonprofits help their beneficiaries in a variety of ways. However, to provide valuable assistance, nonprofits need readily available funds. A clothing drive presents a unique opportunity for some nonprofits to directly help their beneficiaries by collecting clothing for them. And for other nonprofits, a clothing drive is a unique and effective fundraiser. To help you get started hosting a nonprofit clothing drive, we’ll review these best practices: Create a thorough clothing drive plan. Form clothing drive partnerships. Determine what items you’ll accept. Before we dive in, let’s discuss why you should consider hosting a clothing drive event and how it will [...]

3 Best Practices for Organizing a Nonprofit Clothing Drive2023-09-29T10:00:42-04:00

How to Craft a Case for Support: 4 Essential Steps


The start of a new campaign can bring feelings of anxiety. You might be wondering, will I get all the funding your organization needs? Or, how can I be sure my supporters will back my vision? To hit your revenue goal, you need to be able to convince donors to get on board. This is where a well-written case for support comes in. A case for support serves as a foundational document for fundraising campaigns. Schools and nonprofit organizations use it as a resource to outline financial needs and explain how funds will be utilized. For your case for support to [...]

How to Craft a Case for Support: 4 Essential Steps2023-09-29T09:40:56-04:00

Key Markers of a Major Gifts Prospect & How to Leverage Them


Major gifts are the largest gifts your nonprofit receives. And no matter what a major gift looks like for your organization—whether that is $10,000 or $100,000—these large donations can do wonders for your nonprofit.  Specifically, major gifts make up a large part of your revenue and allow you to both strengthen your existing programs and services and increase your capacity to serve your beneficiaries, potentially through increasing your nonprofit's endowment.  But before you can tap into these benefits, you have to identify your major donors and prepare to cultivate strong relationships with them. This is done through comprehensive prospect research, which [...]

Key Markers of a Major Gifts Prospect & How to Leverage Them2023-09-28T11:45:19-04:00

501(c)(3) Checklist: Preparing for Nonprofit Status


If you’re looking into starting a nonprofit, you’re likely passionate about a particular cause. You have a plan to solve an issue or help a group of people and you want to take action to make a difference. You know that your first step is creating a nonprofit and you start by establishing a brand, building a website, and getting the word out. Filing IRS documents might be the last thing you think to do in the startup phase, but the legal and accounting aspects of your organization are crucial from the very beginning. Follow these four steps to gain a [...]

501(c)(3) Checklist: Preparing for Nonprofit Status2023-02-27T08:39:54-05:00

Improving Donor Stewardship During a Crisis in 3 Steps


While a crisis may not seem like the best time to adapt your nonprofit fundraising strategy to focus on donor stewardship, a difficult time presents a unique opportunity for nonprofits. In fact, it’s not only a good time to work on donor stewardship, but it’s actually crucial that you focus on supporter relationships during tough times. This guide will help you bolster your connection with your donors in three steps for improving donor stewardship during any crisis. 1. Improve donor communication More than ever, donors need to know that your relationship is genuine. Now is the time to level up your communications to [...]

Improving Donor Stewardship During a Crisis in 3 Steps2022-11-03T15:42:52-04:00

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 was full, you broke it open, counted your money, and went to the store to spend it. But when it comes to capital campaign fundraising, that approach is badly flawed! Some [...]

Setting the Right Goals for Your Campaign: Post-Covid Tips2022-09-12T16:03:12-04:00

Multi-Channel Fundraising: Tips for Your Nonprofit Website


As soon as people go online, they are instantly bombarded with messages from organizations and companies vying for their attention. How can you ensure that your nonprofit’s online marketing efforts shine through the noise? Fundraising leaders must not only continue engaging with existing donors but also recruit brand-new supporters. A tried and true method of improving marketing efforts is to use a multi-channel approach. Multi-channel fundraising involves using multiple marketing platforms to promote an upcoming fundraising campaign or event. When you use more than one medium to promote your message and connect with supporters, you increase the chances of being [...]

Multi-Channel Fundraising: Tips for Your Nonprofit Website2023-07-31T14:59:41-04:00
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