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Is your organization ready for GuideStar Platinum?


Join our Impact Call Tuesday, May 10
 at 2 p.m. ET to learn all about GuideStar Platinum, our newest level of transparency, and what your organizaiton can do to get its Nonprofit Profile ready! 


A Funder’s Perspective: The Journey to Grantmaking

 

I thought it would be helpful to let you peek into our foundation office and watch part of the grantmaking process. This is what happens when we receive the grant request your organization spent so much time putting together.


The Impact of Form 1023-EZ


On July 1, 2014, the IRS released Form 1023-EZ (Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code). The purpose of this form is to make it easier for smaller charities to apply for and receive tax-exempt status.


Why I emailed hundreds of colleagues about GuideStar



Like many of you, I've used GuideStar
in the past to research and familiarize myself with the nonprofits I plan to work with. In my position, I connect nonprofits for mutually beneficial partnerships. I have held many positions within various nonprofits: everything from board member to president to volunteer. Only recently did I realize the full potential of GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles.  


Trends in Government Contracting Survey: Have Your Say to Win a $200 Donation to Your Nonprofit!

Across the country, jurisdictions at all levels are exploring new ways of contracting for social services.


The Nonprofit Communicator's Guide to GuideStar

 

Effective media relations isn’t always about proactively pitching your organization’s story to reporters and editors.

It’s also about making sure you are curating the right information in the places where reporters hang out to gather information.


New Discussion Section in the GuideStar Community


Have you noticed something new
in the GuideStar Community? We’ve added a discussion section. Are you looking to share a news article or blog post? Do you have volunteer needs or open positions you're looking to fill? Will you be attending a conference or webinar you’d like others to know about? Start a discussion to spark a conversation about it. Do you want to engage with others who care about nonprofits? Reply to discussions already posted.


The Next Generation of Nonprofit Data Standards

 

Our current moment in the human story is often called the age of information. And indeed, we are too-often overwhelmed by the torrent of data coursing through our lives. As a society, we have developed many tools to organize the information we rely on every day. The Dewey Decimal System helps libraries organize books. UPC codes help stores organize their products. Nutrition labels help to present information about food ingredients and nutritional value (or lack thereof) in a way that’s consistent and predictable.


Dude, what’s with this notion that nonprofits don’t have clear outcomes?

 

The preceding is a cross-post of a March 7th article by Vu Le from his blog, Nonprofit with Balls. To read the original post, click here.

Hi everyone, this post will likely be my last coherent one for a while
, because my second baby is due to arrive next Tuesday, March 15
th (Eeeeeeek!) I plan to keep up with my weekly writing schedule, because I have my priorities. But that means the next 20 posts or so will reflect the hallucinogenic, meandering thoughts of a sleep-deprived father of a toddler and a newborn. Grammar and spelling may be questionable, and there will probably be a lot of baby-related analogies, such as “Restricting funding is like using duct tape as a diaper; sure, it makes you feel clever, but—OMG, please please just go to sleep, Daddy is so tired!”


How Have Organizations That Depend on Government Grants Fared?  Part 2


In a previous post, I started looking at how organizations that received at least 20 percent of their revenue from government grants in 2003 were holding up in 2013.  I noted that although government grants had increased at roughly the same rate as inflation over the ten years (around 27%), about half of the organizations had increased revenue at greater than the inflation rate.  In this post, I will detail my attempts to understand why some organizations did better than others.


The Definitive List of the Best Silent Auction Items

 

So you need to raise money for your nonprofit. You’ve already updated your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Gold participation level, demonstrating your commitment to transparency to your funders. And now, you’ve decided that the next step towards reaching your goal is to use a silent auction at your fundraiser. You may have even identified a mobile fundraising platform to expand your reach and raise more money.


Webinar Follow-up: How a Performance Dashboard Can Engage and Inform Your Board: One Nonprofit’s Story


The Q&A below is a follow up to address many of the questions raised by participants at the April 5th webinar presented by Friedman LLP Accountants and Advisors. Don't miss out: view the recording of the event and slides from the event.


Coming Soon: A Tool to Break the Overhead Myth

Results Over Ratios

It’s no secret that one of the greatest challenges facing nonprofits is the difficulty of conveying the complexity of our work to donors and decision makers.Many barriers exist but one stands out—our isolation.Simply put, we have lacked the tools to meaningfully share our progress and results with each other and with the world.


How to Avoid Limitless Job Responsibilities in Nonprofit CEO Searches

Job descriptions for the CEO/executive director role can be expansive. They can also lead to limitless responsibilities that can send the most high-performing executives looking for the nearest exit before they even enter your nonprofit’s door. While some senior-level positions require leaders to wear many hats, candidates want to know that you have set reasonable expectations for what they can achieve as a new hire. 


6 Tips for Turning Advocates into Donors and Vice Versa


Advocacy —
noun | ˈad-və-kə-sē | ad·vo·ca·cy — Publicly recommending or supporting a particular cause

Given the definition of advocacy, it’s odd that it isn’t more regularly paired with nonprofit fundraising. The two are so closely connected and, yet, rarely spoken about in conjunction with one another.

Well, let’s change that!


The Top Three Things Volunteers Need to Know about Fundraising

In my new book, The Busy Volunteer’s Guide to Fundraising, I discuss a range of truths that must be understood and taken to heart by the dedicated volunteers who help us raise money for our worthy causes. Here I’ll single out just three of the many truths.