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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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Jonathan Russell of RIDE

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 »