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State Charity Registration Compliance and Regulations: Is Noncompliance Worth the Risk?

If you’re one of the many nonprofits preparing to raise funds in the upcoming year, you may already be familiar with the requirement to register in each state where you plan to solicit. All organizations formed in states with charitable solicitation registration must register in their home states. Additionally, if your organization, like most, uses widespread fundraising tools such as the internet and social media, the need for you to register in the states that require it is pressing and cumbersome.


Get Creative to Increase Volunteer Retention


Doesn’t every nonprofit want to retain their volunteers?
Organizations work hard to recruit and engage their volunteers. They spend countless hours and dollars encouraging volunteers to give their time. Training and educating new volunteers takes time and energy. By retaining current volunteers, your nonprofit frees up time to focus more on your cause. How about using your creativity to retain volunteers?


Collective impact: Voltron Vs. The Borg



A while ago, I wrote about how frustrated communities of color have been
regarding collective impact (visit the Collective Impact Forum to learn more about what collective impact is and read thoughts on it).  Most CI efforts start out with the best of intentions. As they develop though, they sometimes warp into massive entities that conquer and destroy all in their paths. I liken this to Star Trek villain The Borg, a species made up of billions of individuals who got annexed into a single hive mind, whose catchphrase is “resistance is futile.” The Borg are a terrifying and destructive force, much like restricted funding or those annoying grants that make you get people to vote for your org.


How a Tech Solution Saved This Executive Director’s Membership Growth Strategy


*If you’re having a hard time growing your membership, you won’t want to miss a free webinar on Oct 27 or Nov 17 at 2PM EST, hosted by Wild Apricot.* In the webinar, you’ll learn how four recent tech trends have made it harder to grow membership these days and how one membership manager used software to fight back, reigniting membership growth by 25% in the first six months. Click here to learn more about the webinar and to sign up.

In the spring of 2014, a longtime volunteer of a sports massage association named Ray noticed something worrisome about his organization: after two decades of steady growth, membership had begun to slump. Ray, who owed much of his career success to the association, worried it would die off. So he decided to do something about it and became the Executive Director of the association, with a mission to turn it around. 


The Ultimate Guide to Fundraiser Sponsorship


Those who have organized a successful fundraiser know the importance of having great sponsors.
Whether your event is large or small, sponsors bring a level of legitimacy to your cause, while also significantly contributing to your proceeds. This combination of increased revenue and added exposure is the key to scaling the size of your fundraiser, year after year. Additionally, a healthy collection of sponsors tells your donors that your fundraising event is worth attending! At this point, you’re probably thinking that bringing in sponsors to your next fundraiser is a no-brainer – and it is! However, the path to attracting and closing many sponsorships can be long and difficult. For that reason, we have created the Ultimate Guide to Fundraiser Sponsorship. In this guide, we will walk you through all aspects of sponsorship, focusing on the key areas below:


Is Pro Bono Service More Accessible for Your Nonprofit Than You Think?

An IT guru, a brilliant graphic designer, and an HR sage walk into an executive director’s office in a downtown nonprofit, and the IT guru says, “You asked for support from experienced business professionals like us, at no financial cost to you?”

While this could be the start of a bad joke, it’s not a joke at all. It’s pro bono—short for pro bono publico, meaning “for the public good.” Pro bono service is the donation of professional services to social change organizations. And, right now it’s Pro Bono Week, which celebrates and activates pro bono service around the world. So October 23-29 is the perfect time to consider what pro bono service can do to help you move your mission forward.


5 ways to mobilize everyday influencers around end-of-year giving

Your supporters are worth more than their own donations. Today, individuals are agents of change who can leverage power, and subsequent gifts, through their own social networks. Consider that 600,000+ petitions were created on Change.org in 2015 alone, crowdfunding exploded into a multi-million dollar industry and the creation of citizen powered movements has played an enormous role in bringing issues to the forefront.  


Towards a Performance-Driven Social Sector

Third Sector is pleased to present, in partnership with GuideStar and America Forward, the new survey, “Towards a Performance-Driven Social Sector: A Service Provider Perspective on Trends in Government Contracting.”

Across the country, communities are changing the way they serve people in need. Local and state governments are taking a new look at how they contract for social services delivered to our most valuable citizens. Closer examination of current contracting practices may ultimately outline a path to healthier, safer, and more just communities, but only if all stakeholders have a voice.

The trend towards performance-based contracting has sparked a national conversation about how critically needed social services are procured, funded, and evaluated. However, the volume of public and private sector voices in these discussions has often drowned out the voice of local service providers delivering services to children, families, and other disadvantaged individuals in our communities.


Attracting Talent & Scaling Impact Through a Culture of Evaluation

How do you know if your organization is achieving its goals or creating impact?

Many nonprofits are evaluating their performances using data analytics, which has helped them to allocate resources and address organizational challenges. This information doesn't just help to drive better outcomes. It has the potential to help organizations strengthen credibility, become more transparent and build an action-oriented workforce.

Impact measurements offer prospective funders and partners evidence of your organization's success while verifying your organization's influence and authority in the sector.


Top Giving Tuesday Strategies and Resources

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost coming to a close. Soon we’ll be throwing away old calendars and trying our best to stick to our New Year’s resolutions.

But before you buy a new calendar and embark on a healthier lifestyle (or doing whatever your resolution is!), make sure that your organization is aware of all of the strategies and resources that can help you raise more money during this year’s Giving Tuesday!


How to Collect Donations through GuideStar

That orange button could be yours- for free! 

If you're looking to supplement your fundraising efforts, here's how to give us permission to add a Donate Now button to your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile. It's quick, easy, and free.


4 Famous Organizations You Might Not Know Are Nonprofits


When most people hear the word nonprofit,
public charities such as the American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America are the first types of organizations that come to mind.

More than 1.5 million nonprofits were registered with the IRS as tax exempt as of September 12, 2016. Although two-thirds of organizations within this pool are indeed public charities, there are also many organizations whose nonprofit status routinely surprises the journalists, researchers, and everyday users who discover their GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles.

We thought it'd be fun to share these Four Famous Organizations You Might Not Know Are Nonprofits. Who on this list surprises you?


Text-to-Give Fundraising: 5 Best Practices


The end of the year is fast-approaching. And you know what that means...

It’s prime fundraising season!

Right now, it’s more important than ever for your organization to prepare every tool you have in your fundraising tool belt. You should be optimizing all of your fundraising channels to achieve maximum donation potential.

While we’d love to cover all of the fundraising channels at your disposal, in this article, we’ll focus specifically on text-to-give.

Here we’ll discuss some text-to-give best practices that can set you up for fundraising success this giving season, including:


New Capacity-Building Grant Opportunity: Support GuideStar’s Nonprofit Profile Program

 



Every year,
more than 7 million visitors turn to GuideStar for comprehensive information about nonprofit organizations. Millions of other users tap this information through the more than 200 websites and platforms that use our nonprofit data.


5 Capital Campaign Strategies to Energize your Annual Campaign



Do you ever wish you had a new way
of thinking about your annual fundraising? Does it feel tired and old? We’ve got some suggestions for you taken right out of the capital campaign play book that we’ve seen work again and again. Warning, capital campaign fundraising is not same old, same old business as usual. Instead, it's exciting and demanding and special. That’s what makes it work. So if you want to jump-start your annual fundraising using campaign strategies, you’ve got to be willing to try some new things.

5 Capital Campaign Strategies for your Annual Fund.

Here are five capital campaign strategies we think can be very effective for your annual fundraising this year:


How to Build (and Follow!) a Fundraising Roadmap


I came of age when getting a driver’s license came with a congratulatory book of road maps.  I was an early adopter of the GPS mounted to my dashboard and now rarely leave my house without programing my destination into an app on my phone.  I was the guy at Disney World this summer walking around with the map in my hand with my pre-determined routes sketched out. I like to know where I’m going, and my dependence on maps and technology ensures I always get there.  To accomplish the goal of fully funding their important missions, nonprofit leaders need to take this same care in setting a course and following it.


It’s Time to Get Ready for the Changes to the Overtime Pay Rules


On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced final regulations
governing the salary level required for the white-collar exemption from the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Effective December 1, 2016, the threshold at which workers are exempt from overtime rules of FLSA will increase from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually). 


Teaching the Next Generation About Philanthropy

In the early days of foundations, the transition from the first generation to the second often didn’t begin until the children of the founder were gathered in a lawyer’s office to read his or her will.

There, the founder’s adult children would often be surprised to learn that the family had created a foundation. In some cases, they didn’t even know that their families had enough wealth to support philanthropy.

Thankfully, those days are largely over.

Today, these abrupt transfers are becoming less common—and they are giving way to a much more deliberate approach to involving the next generation.


Four Smart Ways to Avoid Burnout for Nonprofit Professionals

Working at a nonprofit can be a pressure cooker. Trying to manage huge workloads with limited resources can easily trap us into thinking that working nights and weekends after a full day at the office is the answer. Overworking will not only steal your clarity but ultimately zap your energy.