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Funding Sources for Your Nonprofit

by Angelique O'Rourke

Whether you are thinking of starting a nonprofit, or you are running a nonprofit that is looking to expand, you’re bound to have funding sources on your mind. You probably know everything there is to know about your community or cause, but making decisions about the right approach to handling nonprofit finances can be a... Read more »

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How to Write a Nonprofit Business Plan

by Angelique O'Rourke

Starting and running a nonprofit is an exhilarating experience, but it also requires thoughtful planning and execution to be successful. Nonprofit organizations share many overlapping needs with traditional for-profit ventures, including the need for a good business plan. At some point in the process of starting or managing your nonprofit, you will probably realize that... Read more »

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How to Start a Nonprofit

How to Start a Nonprofit

by Angelique O'Rourke

Starting a nonprofit is one of the most rewarding ways a person can spend their time— and it also requires thorough planning and solid dedication. It’s exhilarating to imagine all that you’ll accomplish when you’re up and running, but there are a number of essential steps you’ll need to take to get you there. When... Read more »

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Starting a Nonprofit: Chapter 1 of The ‘RIDE Eugene’ Story

by Andrea Vedder

Drunk driving is a problem. But in the moment that it's most preventable—when an intoxicated person leaves a bar or restaurant to drive home in their car—there is no easy or obvious solution. That's where RIDE comes in. Read more »

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3 Good Reasons Why Non-Profits Need Better Budgets

by Sabrina Parsons

Budgets are an important tool for non-profits, but the traditional way of approaching them is cumbersome and not very useful. Here are three good reasons to think about changing your non-profit budget process. Read more »

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Getting Funded On Kickstarter: The MIUSA Story

by Andrea Vedder

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a non-profit organization with an idea for a product. They know they have a good idea, but because they're a non-profit, they face all the usual difficulties of launching a new product plus the particular difficulty of launching a product they don't actually intend to sell. Read more »

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Q&A: That Nonprofit Business Plan

by Tim Berry

Question:  Do you have a template for the particular issues and approach that a nonprofit business plan would require?  Or, do you know of an alternative source that would have such a business plan?  We are looking to build and operate a no-frills seniors residence for low-income seniors. My answer: Yes, we have lots of... Read more »

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Funding for Philanthropic Efforts Requires More Effort Than Normal

by Tom Cleveland

One sad fact in our capitalistic world is that funding for many worthwhile efforts is often difficult to obtain if there is not a direct profit opportunity to be had.  Non-profit’s and local community leaders need special assistance, especially in developing countries, to gain access to appropriate resources of capital devoted to their respective purposes.... Read more »

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Nonprofits, Get Over it: You Need to Plan, Too

by Tim Berry

Hmm . I’m guessing it wasn’t just random that planning for nonprofits came up a lot this week while I was traveling and talking to several entrepreneurship leaders and mentors. I don’t have data, just a hunch gathered from talking and tweeting and reading, but it seems like nonprofits, social enterprises and the like are... Read more »

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The Triple Bottom Line – evaluating your non-profit

by Palo Alto Software

Planning software like Business Plan Pro does a good job of helping you evaluate the financial projections for your non-profit – how many donations you will need, what expenses you will have, and how many projects you will fund. But what about evaluating the effectiveness of your programs, efficiency in using your funds, and choosing... Read more »

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Good Background Info for Nonprofits

by Tim Berry

I’ve been spending a lot of time (maybe way too much) with Twitter lately (you can find me there as timberry) so I feel like at least one of the good things about that is suggestions such as idealist.org, which I got from a Twitter friend and seems like a really good recommendation for people looking into... Read more »

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Silver bells, silver bells…job satisfaction

by Steve Lange

“Silver bells, silver bells, It’s Christmas time in the city…” Nice melody, pleasing orchestration, cheery lyrics. This song is one of the “olde favorites” we hear every year in December. Of course, it’s not really that old…er…uh…well it is as old as I am, which explains why I remember hearing it all my life. “Silver... Read more »

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Blog Action Day 08

by Palo Alto Software

Today is Blog Action Day. Through out the day, thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. The purpose? To raise awareness and initiate action on this very important topic. In keeping with that theme, I’m going to re-introduce you to Kiva. We’ve mentioned this company before, [Steve Lange wrote on... Read more »

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Startup Success: Real Numbers, Real Voice, Real Help

by Tim Berry

How’s this for a startup success story? Avaaz.org started 17 months ago. It now has more than 3.2 million registered active members and last week raised $1.5 million in aid for Burmese cyclone victims in three days. Recognizing some problems with flow of aid through normal channels, founder Ricken Patel connected with Burmese monks to... Read more »

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Google for Non-Profits

by Palo Alto Software

The new Google portal for non-profits was unveiled in the Official Google Blog yesterday. “This site features ideas and tutorials for how you can use Google tools to promote your work, raise money and operate more efficiently. And to get inspired, you’ll also find examples of innovative ways other non-profits are using our products to... Read more »

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Ashoka: And Speaking of Changing the World …

by Tim Berry

“Our job is not to give people fish, it’s not to teach them how to fish, it’s to build new and better fishing industries.” Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, talks about what it took to get one of the world’s most influential social enterprises up and running. Ashoka, one of the world’s most influential social... Read more »

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Help Where It’s Needed

by Tim Berry

The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Sunday front page ran a feature on Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, with the headline Female entrepreneurs needed the Initiative. The gist: A microenterprise training and microlending organization, Women’s Initiative has helped low-income women start or expand more than 1,600 businesses in Northern California. The nonprofit is based in the Bay... Read more »

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Kids Play and Pump Water for the Village

by Tim Berry

Here’s an idea. Take a look at PlayPumps, for the developing world. Kids play on a merry-go-round and pump water for the village: Thanks to Guy Kawasaki for picking this up in How to Change the World: “The Cleverest Idea I’ve Seen In Years” Read more »

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Running Your Nonprofit Corporation

by Nolo

Nonprofit corporations are organized very much like regular corporations; however, running a nonprofit corporation means complying with a few special rules. Here’s what you need to know. Organizational structure of nonprofit corporations Like any corporation, a nonprofit has a board of directors to make important policy decisions, officers (president, treasurer and secretary) to oversee and... Read more »

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Five Reasons to Incorporate Your Nonprofit

by Nolo

If you’re involved in a fledgling nonprofit organization, you and the other folks active in the group have probably wondered whether or not you should incorporate. Becoming a nonprofit corporation requires some paperwork, but for many groups, the benefits of nonprofit status outweigh the complications. Here are five circumstances that may make it worth your... Read more »