The economic impact of nonprofit organizations

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

When you work in the nonprofit sector, you will occasionally speak to people who are a) shocked that you get paid to do "charity work" and b) act as if your work, while well-meaning and good, is an economic drain on the community. Among the findings: Nonprofits contribute more than $260 million ($242 million plus an additional $20 million impact on construction spending) annually to the county's economy. Nonprofits employ more than 2,700 county residents.

#Interview: Tiffany Applegate, Co-Founder of X Factor Consulting – Enhancing the Sustainability of Nonprofit Organizations

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Tiffany Applegate is co-founder of X Factor Consulting , which works to enhance the sustainability of nonprofit organizations. With her marketing degree and MBA, she left the corporate world for the nonprofit sphere, and has been consulting since 2005.

#Interview: Tiffany Applegate, Co-Founder of X Factor Consulting – Enhancing the Sustainability of Nonprofit Organizations

Non Profit Marketing 360

Tiffany Applegate is co-founder of X Factor Consulting , which works to enhance the sustainability of nonprofit organizations. With her marketing degree and MBA, she left the corporate world for the nonprofit sphere, and has been consulting since 2005.

Care2 join an online community?

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

I've written before about nonprofits using MySpace and YouTube and other mass market social networking platforms. What if I told you about an online community that was designed to link nonprofit organizations to people who are looking for action opportunities? The site I'm referring to is Care2.com - "the global network for organizations and people who Care2 make a difference!" Most groups are user started, but many are created and moderated by nonprofit organizations.

Joining a Nonprofit Board of Directors: The Why and How of It

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Perhaps you have had some experience giving your time and efforts to local nonprofit organizations, but find something lacking in the experience. This article will introduce you to a higher level of community involvement: joining a nonprofit Board of Directors. As a director you are responsible for setting the organization's mission and guiding it in accomplishing its vision. We were invited to give a presentation that resulted in a $20,000 donation to my organization.

How generous is your state?

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That means plenty to each of us personally, of course, but as nonprofit professionals it also means quite a bit work-wise as well. Tags: giving philanthropy index charity Nonprofit states Thanksgiving is done with (hope yours was peaceful and happy), and we're now officially into the Holiday Season.

It's a dot-org world, after all

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PIR, itself a dot-org and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has achieved much of the recent growth in dot-org registrations through promoting it in "developing regions" of South America, Asia, and Africa. So, the question I have to ask you is this, "Has your nonprofit organization registered its dot-org name yet?" That means, getting your organization's name (dot-org) before somebody else does. Tags: nonprofit , dot-org , web , domain names

The Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants - #13

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Greetings and welcome to the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants, edition #13. Each edition of the carnival is a collection of the best advice and resources that consultants and other support organizations are offering to nonprofits through their blogs each week. In choosing this week's entries, I wanted to focus not simply on what the authors had to say, but on the questions that their posts raise for other nonprofit organizations.

Follow-up: Too Many Nonprofits

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My post last week on the subject of "too many nonprofits" (I came on the side of defending duplicate services) has received a bit of attention on other sites. Leila Johnson of Datascribe says : Here in New Mexico, there are over 7,000 nonprofit organizations. Sometimes nonprofit organizations have to close due to lack of funding. Tags: nonprofit , mergers , alliances , strategic

Nonprofit Fights Poverty With Poverty

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Does this sound like your nonprofit organization? Why do nonprofit leaders feel guilty when they sit in a new chair? Tags: nonprofit , poverty , satire"In 2005, Helping Hearts distributed over $4,700 in various food and clothing donations, found temporary and part-time work for more than 110 adults, and was instrumental in the passage of increased homeless and transitional housing funding in the city.

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New Rules for Charitable Donations

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Does your nonprofit accept donations of used items for either resale or use by your low-income clients? I know that when I've worked with nonprofit organizations that accept in-kind donations from individuals, we've always stressed "gently used" items, but it's difficult to get the volunteers and staff who accept these items to enforce that rule. Tags: nonprofit , donations , tax deductions , IRS rules

Follow-up: When Community Foundations Merge

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situation, with fewer nonprofit organizations sharing in slightly larger grants. Despite the size of each, they've always managed to remain very grounded in the communities, and very responsive to and approachable by the grassroots nonprofits. It was this quality that I did not want to see get lost in a much larger organization. These best ideas could come from any organization, large or small, new or established. "If

The Fifth Requirement

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Data-Scribe provides database, Web site, Internet branding, and software training services for nonprofits, associations, and small businesses.) But a good fit is also essential - particularly for nonprofit organizations. I have, in fact, turned such organizations down. Tags: nonprofit , consulting , freelance , mission , client , interviewLeila Johnson, of the Data-Scribe blog, has a great post on 5 Things to Demand from a Consultant.

The High Cost of Reporting Requirements

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The United Press International has just discovered what those of us who work within nonprofit organizations have already known for years: nonprofit social service providers spend too much time and money trying to meet the reporting requirements of funder. Nonprofits are already aware of the need to spend as little time and money as possible on meeting their reporting requirements. Tags: nonprofits , funders , reporting , requirements

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Corporations Versus Nonprofits - A real question?

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This morning I was searching out blogs with "nonprofit" as a keyword when I somehow stumbled across the "Esdena: Student Marketplace" blog and read a post called " Welcome back MIT! Now, I'm fine with the MIT part (welcome back to school), it's the rest of the post where the writer has some interesting things to say about our nonprofit sector. My point here is, I believe for-profit corporations are more effective than non-profits organizations in achieving social means.

Donor Care & Privacy

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Mary Allie of Marquette, Michigan is a regular donor to the North Shore Animal League - an animal rescue organization that has a no euthanize policy. Does your nonprofit organization sell your donor lists? It is a much better policy for the nonprofit to be the pro-active one. Check here if we may share your information with other organizations and corporate partners"). Personally, I don't think nonprofits should ever be selling their donor lists.

DonorsChoose - Connecting Donors to Classrooms

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I've wanted to create something like it for nonprofits for several years now and am inspired to see how this works out. The use of interactive challenges and viral publicity should be an inspiration for all of us in the fundraising and management of nonprofit organizations. Tags: nonprofit , DonorsChoose , charity , philanthropy , education , BloggersChoose , schools , giving

Free Web Site for Nonprofits

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If your organization still does not have a web presence, and you still believe you don't have the money or the time to invest in getting a web site, you have no more excuses. OrgSites.com is offering a free, template-driven web site to all nonprofit organizations. I do think that these sites can be very good for small, local organizations like PTA's or small church groups. Tags: nonprofit , free web sites , orgsites.com , online

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Small Nonprofits and Sharing IT

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If you've been reading this blog regularly, you know that I like small nonprofits, and am wary of merger-fever. Deborah Elizabeth Finn seems to agree with me, and has written specifically about the technology needs of small nonprofits. In Consolidate or die: Will it come to that, for small nonprofit organizations? The plight of this typical one-person-plus-coffee-table organization worries me a lot.

Too Many Nonprofits?

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I read the posting with great interest and agreed with most everything being said, until the last paragraph, which opened with, "Mergers may be the best solution to the excessive number of nonprofit organizations." It was just given as a fact: there are too many nonprofits. I am all for it, when it makes sense for both organizations and their clients. I have also had to shut down a bankrupt nonprofit as part of my consulting practice.

Social Venture and Resource Development

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This post is especially for the folks in two of my recent fundraising workshops, in which I promised to post some resource links and references on the subject of social ventures and nonprofits earning revenue, as one promising strategy for developing resources for social change. The Essential Guide to Starting a Moneymaking Business in Your Nonprofit Organization." Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your Enterprising Nonprofit."

Free Management Library

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Much of the management information is applicable to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations and for those areas where each sector requires a different approach (such as Finances or Fundraising) they've included separate topic headings for nonprofit users. Tags: nonprofit , management , library , resource , boards of directorsHere's a great resource that I've had in my bookmarks for years.

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Tax Returns for the Tax Exempt

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What about your nonprofit organization's filings? Make sure that your finances tell the full story of your organization. Did you remember to file your personal income taxes on time? I'm sure you did. And I'm sure you put a lot of care and effort into it. As a public charity, your 990 filing each year is public information. You should be sure to remember that when preparing it.

Are You Blogging?

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Does your organization's web site include a blog? Nonprofit agencies need to communicate with their constituents just as much as any other company - maybe more. Do you already have a nonprofit organization blog? Send me a resource to blog about and I'll mention your organization (with a link) in the posting Why not?

What's a Squidoo?

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Blue Sky Collaborative's blog has an excellent post about Squidoo Lenses and Nonprofits , and specifically, why nonprofits are not flocking to Squidoo the way founder Seth Godin thinks they should. For nonprofits, the idea is that you would build a lens (or two, or three.) By the way - The Blue Sky Collaborative and this site are each members of the Nonprofit Blog Exchange

a blog can be like a business lunch

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Beth Kanter, a thought leader in the world of nonprofit blogging, recently shared some useful criteria to help nonprofits decide whether to blog or not. While I agree with most of them, I think that two (yes, if you want to enable many voices; no, if things must be vetted by a central authority) could, if interpreted narrowly, inhibit some nonprofits from blogging. The staff, board, and major donors of nonprofits I’ve worked with recently all had access to email.

a blog can be like a business lunch

Studio 501c

Beth Kanter, a thought leader in the world of nonprofit blogging, recently shared some useful criteria to help nonprofits decide whether to blog or not. While I agree with most of them, I think that two (yes, if you want to enable many voices; no, if things must be vetted by a central authority) could, if interpreted narrowly, inhibit some nonprofits from blogging. The staff, board, and major donors of nonprofits I’ve worked with recently all had access to email.

When Social Media Met Event Fundraising

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Beth Kanter, social media maven extraordinaire, calls it “social fundraising,” and she has been getting great results with this marriage since 2006. Nonprofit Beth Kanter engagement Events Fundraising Nonprofit organization Social MediaWhat do you get when you marry social media to event-based fundraising? (Or Or in other words, when you use social media to encourage your supporters to recruit their own networks on your behalf.)

Alert! Missing Middle Donors

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Mix these insights on giving patterns of rich vs. middle- and lower-income donors with Sea Change Strategies’ take— The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions —and you get a clear call to action for every fundraiser and nonprofit communicator.

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Thousands of nonprofits could lose their status

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Hundreds of thousands of nonprofits around the country are about to lose their tax-exempt status for failure to file annual returns with the IRS. It’s being called a ‘doomsday’ for nonprofits and experts estimate that as many as 400,000 of the nation’s 1.6 million nonprofit organizations will no longer be able to legally accept tax-deductible donations after May 15. Now, all nonprofits are required to file. Tags: Management nonprofit

From Surfers to Supporters: How to Optimize Your Donation Pages to Convert Visitors into Donors

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And in tough times like these, non-profit organizations cannot afford to overlook opportunities to immediately improve their bottom line. Based on Donordigital's extensive experience with multivariate testing, Dawn Stoner will lead participants through the following topics: What kinds of changes to web and email landing pages have significantly improved donation page completion rates for leading nonprofit organizations (and you can test with yours!)

Online Fundraising Strong Despite Economy

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The 2009 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study found that among 32 leading nonprofit organizations, online fundraising grew by 26% in 2008 over 2007, but that the average gift size has decreased by 21%. Co-authored by M+R Strategic Services and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the eNonprofit Benchmarks Study measures the effectiveness of nonprofit internet fundraising and activism programs and highlights the critical importance of the Internet to mission-focused organizations.

Online Fundraising Strong Despite Economy

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The 2009 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study found that among 32 leading nonprofit organizations, online fundraising grew by 26% in 2008 over 2007, but that the average gift size has decreased by 21%. Co-authored by M+R Strategic Services and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the eNonprofit Benchmarks Study measures the effectiveness of nonprofit internet fundraising and activism programs and highlights the critical importance of the Internet to mission-focused organizations.

Nominate A Software Developer Who Has Created Open Source Software for the Nonprofit Sector

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Deadline: October 31, 2011 Nominations Open for Public Interest Computing Prize The Tides Foundation is accepting nominations for the sixth annual $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest, the nation's highest honor for software developers working with nonprofits to help advance innovative social change. Tides welcomes nominations from both developers and the nonprofits who work with them. From The Foundation Center. [If

One Quarter of All Nonprofits May Lose Their Charitable Status With the I.R.S. This May

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million American nonprofits, including trade associations and membership groups, will lose their official "charity" status with the Internal Revenue Service, at midnight on May 15, and thereby lose their tax exemption status. Amazingly, this equates to approximately 25% of all nonprofits being in jeopardy of losing their tax breaks. The law does many things in regards to the nonprofit sector. All nonprofit organizations that gross $25,000 or more must file I.R.S.

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Grants for Equine Nonprofits Working On Health and Welfare on National or International Scale (Emergency Grants, too)

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Deadline: May 1, 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation Accepting Funding Requests for Horse Health and Welfare Programs The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners , is accepting funding requests from nonprofit organizations and individuals that share its mission to support research, education, benevolence, and the equine community. From The Foundation Center. [If

[Guest Post] Telling Your Story In the Grant Proposal Budget

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Diane is an accomplished grant professional who's been providing provided grant counsel to nonprofit organizations of all sizes for over a decade. I'm thrilled to introduce you to Diane H. Leonard, GPC.

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For U.S. Charitable Organizations That Had Their Official Charity Status Revoked By the IRS, June 2011

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different numbers of nonprofit organizations initially designated officially as "charities" by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had their official status revoked by the IRS (thereby ending their right to raise tax free dollars (donations), among other rights and responsibilities given to nonprofit charities). See Annual Return Filing Exceptions for a list of organizations that are not required to file.)

Can You Lobby for Good?

Marketing for Nonprofits

According to Lobbying for Good , nonprofit organizations spent $222 million on federal lobbying between 1998 and 2004. companies in 2006 ALONE. As nonprofits, we have to step up our advocacy game. Here is a sobering fact.

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Fundraising Social Networking Web Site 101 Email 101 Donor Databases Nonprofit Marketing Training Network for Good provides easy and affordable online fundraising services. Subscribe to our weekly Online Fundraising & Nonprofit Marketing Tips Newsletter.

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Going Deep for Insight

Social Marketing and Social Change

Yet, among too many government agencies and nonprofit organizations, this part of the process often leads to bringing in ”the research team.” 2006). “ We slipped from our obligation to know what consumers are thinking.

Two in three Americans volunteer - Good news or bad?

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

According to a new survey by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, 64% of American adults had "performed some type of volunteer activity in 2006". A sizable majority of your community members, constituents, potential supporters, and neighbors are actively involved in helping nonprofit organizations achieve their missions. This means that if you have volunteer needs in your organization (and if not, why not?),

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Will Your Nonprofit Lose Charity Status on May 15?

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Up to 25% of the nation's officially recognized 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organizations have never filed an IRS form 990; the nonprofit tax return. That's been fine, as those organizations with income of under $25,000 have always been exempt. Don't let this be your organization! If you are working or volunteering with a small, community nonprofit, make sure they've completed an IRS 990 or quickly request an extension and begin work on your filing.

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