News Stories Describing How the Federal Government Shutdown is Effecting Nonprofit Organizations

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Oklahoma nonprofits brace for ripple effects of federal shutdown As the nation and the world are doing, the U.S. nonprofit sector also watches eagerly as the October 17 deadline for increasing the U.S. Since they are not working together, the possibility of a federal debt default is slowly steadily increasing daily, and threatening the U.S. news funding the economy federal shutdown nonprofit federal relations federal funds

#FUNDRAISING: Resources To Find Grants For Your Nonprofit’s 2013 Budget

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Maybe the federal government won’t ever work up or agree to a budget to cover an entire fiscal year, but your nonprofit has to. For a larger view of what resources are available via the federal government, click over to’s site for nonprofits.

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#FUNDRAISING: Resources To Find Grants For Your Nonprofit’s 2013 Budget

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Maybe the federal government won’t ever work up or agree to a budget to cover an entire fiscal year, but your nonprofit has to. For a larger view of what resources are available via the federal government, click over to’s site for nonprofits.

Large Landscape Conservation Grants for Federal, State, or Local Land/Habitat Important to Fish, Wildlife, and Plants

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Endorsement of a proposed acquisition by appropriate federal, state, and local government agencies and by nonprofit organizations that the land is of high conservation value is a primary program consideration. From The Foundation Center. Deadline: April 1, 2010 annually (Pre-proposals) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Accepting Pre-proposals for Acres for America Conservation Program Acres for America, a partnership between Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

U.S. Nonprofits Challenging the Federal Charity Rules to Remain In Good Standing & Rhode Island Provides the Homeless With the First State Bill of Rights

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There were some big nonprofit moves covered in the news this week. One nonprofit agency innovated and voted in new rights for the often unseen homeless American. Yet some American places of worship and marijuana dispensaries are overtly (even provocatively) challenging the Internal Revenue Service and State Attorney Generals (who oversee nonprofit/charity organizations' behavior and reporting at the state level).

Grants for U.S. Nonprofits, Tribes, Local or State Governments Studying Value and Impact of the Arts

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nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. Although applicants must be nonprofit organizations, they are encouraged to partner with for-profit entities and/or use commercial and/or administrative data sets. From The Foundation Center. [If If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click on "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post, for more information].

About the Nonprofit's Governing Documents, Especially the Bylaws and How They Can Be A Powerful Tool for the Organization's Success

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The Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation are the two governing documents that any nonprofit must create when it is being started up, and then it must have on hand as it conducts its business over the life of the organization. As each nonprofit is its own unique entity so must the founding documents be of each organization. Research your federal, state, and local (i.e. the organization''s Constitution, Charter, etc.)

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month


There is no better time to support local and national nonprofits protecting LGBTQ rights and serving the LGBTQ community, and while there are far too many organizations doing great work to list them all, these are a few that we're big fans of. Equality Federation.

Congress Today Is Considering Real Impendements To the Nonprofit Sector and If We Stop And Note Many Public Services and Institutions Are Nonprofits - These Proposals Could Effect Every American Life

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The reality is that right now our nation's leadership is looking at the nonprofit sector not only as one that can do with less (or even wholly without) in the federal budget, it may be an American business sector that they turn to in order to raise new taxes - or both. This is big stuff that must be addressed and we must address these federal budgetary and legal proposals now. Taxes nonprofit federal relations federal funds

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! Nonprofit Management. Nonprofit Technology, and more!

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know


Across America, Hispanic and Latino organizations are leading the way in every realm, including advocacy, education, healthcare, and social services. Here are just a few of our favorite organizations, which deserve your support this month and all year-round!

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Thousands of nonprofit pros rely on our annual Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar to discover skill-building, strategy-slaying, network-enhancing nonprofit events. Nonprofit Management. Nonprofit Technology, and more! Madison Nonprofit Day Conference.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


If you loved our 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2018 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! Nonprofit Management. Nonprofit Technology, and more!

6 Steps to Building a Dynamic Grantseeking Calendar

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In this Nonprofit 911 Call with Cynthia M. Working directly for nonprofits and as a fundraising consultant, Ms. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities throughout the world. Too often we prepare grant proposals just because the opportunity appears on our doorstep.

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Let’s Start a Nonprofit Plain Writing Movement

Ann Green

Its mission is to help government and businesses write clearly. There’s even a Plain Writing Act, which “requires that federal agencies use clear government communication that the public can understand and use.”

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


In the past year, thousands of nonprofit pros took advantage of our definitive Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar, and we're so excited to share our brand new 2016 list! Nonprofit technology, and more! 2015 - 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar. Governance.

3 Reasons Why You Should Market Charitable IRA Rollovers (And What They Are)


Essentially, the federal government is pleased that you elected to put money into an individual retirement account, but instead of letting you keep the funds in the account in perpetuity, you must distribute a certain amount each year once you turn 70 ½. What would you do with $2.5

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Special Bulletin to Help Nonprofits Approach and Access Funding Sources

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Section 3(a),“Purposes and Principles,” of the Act reads that the “President and the heads of Federal departments and agencies shall manage and expend the funds made available in this Act so as to achieve the purposes specified in subsection (a), including commencing expenditures and activities as quickly as possible consistent with prudent management” in order to: Preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery. Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

#Interview: Mike Kujawski, VP at the Centre of Excellence for Public Sector Marketing, Blogger & Speaker on Social Media

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The interview was conducted by Don Akchin, a principal of Nonprofit Marketing 360 and a frequent contributor to the MKCREATIVEnonprofit blog. NPM360: I noticed that you deal not only with nonprofits but the public sector. Organizations will have different goals.

Email Rules to Live By

A Small Change

Nonprofits seem to receive a little grace with people regarding how we use and reuse our email lists. The law governing mass emailing is often referred to as CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Although this law was written for businesses, it does apply to nonprofit organizations. The Federal Trade Commission does not have jurisdiction over individual nonprofits, but the state attorney general and individual Internet Service Providers (ISP) can enforce the law.

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Five Features Every Nonprofit Annual Report Should Include

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We really push for you to create a shorter, more visual nonprofit annual report here as opposed to long print reports. But whether you have an infographic, a video, a 4-page, or a 40-page annual report, there are five elements essential to a successful nonprofit annual report. If you are looking to go shorter with your nonprofit annual report, be sure you also follow these 7 Planning Steps for a Short Annual Report. Need some inspiration for your nonprofit annual report?

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Matching Grants for Nonprofits Conserving Native Plants in the Face of Climate Change

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The NPCI grant program is conducted in cooperation with the Plant Conservation Alliance , a partnership between the foundation, ten federal agencies, and more than 270 non-governmental organizations. There is a strong preference for "on-the-ground" projects that provide plant conservation benefit according to the priorities established by one or more of the funding federal agencies and to the Plant Conservation Alliance strategies for plant conservation.

Grants for Plant Conservation Programs Operated In Collaboration

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There is a strong preference for "on-the-ground" projects that provide plant conservation benefits according to the priorities established by one or more of the funding federal agencies and according to the PCA strategies for plant conservation. Eligible applicants include 501(c) nonprofit organizations and local, state, and federal government agencies. 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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5 Killer Prospect Research Tools to Learn More About Your Current Donors

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I love how easy they make it for nonprofits to do the research that helps you treat your donors well and raise the money you need to fund your mission. Nonprofits could stand to learn something from the lyrics to the Cheers theme song.

Grants to Expand Under Utilized Child Nutrituion Programs

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Foundation , whose mission is to ensure that every child, regardless of background, starts the school day with a nutritious breakfast in order to learn, grow, and develop to his or her fullest potential, has announced the expansion of its Silent Hero Grant Program to participants in the federal Summer Nutrition Program. To be considered for the summer grant program projects must be centered around creating, continuing, or expanding federal Summer Nutrition Programs.

What the Nonprofit Annual Report Is, Why It Is Necessary, But More Importantly - How It Can Be Powerful In Increasing A Nonprofit's Fundraising, Volunteers, Public Relations, and Marketing Results

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Nonprofit organizations should produce an annual report.annually. In fact, it has tremendous potential to be a very powerful tool for the nonprofit to raise more money more frequently, clarify what your organization does for whom or what thereby helping to develop more interest in your organization in its community, and much more. and where they can be dropped off). __ A Thank You to all who have supported, volunteered with, or partnered with the nonprofit.

Grants for Various Different Types of U.S.Organizations' Librarians' Education and Training Needs

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To be eligible, applicants must be either a unit of state or local government or a private nonprofit organization and be located in one of the fifty states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.

Grants for Qualified Shelters and Other Animal Welfare Organizations Coping with Flood and Tornado Disasters in the U.S.

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Disaster Relief Fund The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has announced that it has established an ASPCA Disaster Fund and is accepting disaster grant applications from qualified shelters and other animal welfare organizations responding to companion animal care emergencies resulting from the recent floods and tornadoes in the United States. From The Foundation Center. [If

Grants for Preservation Or Conservation of Nationally Significant Artifacts, Historic Structures, or Sites

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Deadline: May 22, 2009 Applications Available for 2009 Save America's Treasures Program The Federal Save America's Treasures program offers grants for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites. Grants are awarded to federal, state, local, and tribal governments as well as nonprofit organizations through a competitive matching grant program. From The Foundation Center.

Grants to Preserve the U.S.'s Most Significant Endangered Cultural Treasures

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Grants are awarded to federal, state, local, and tribal government entities as well as and nonprofit organizations through a competitive matching-grant program. From The Foundation Center.

A Bit More For Individuals Looking for Grants

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to ask for assistance from any nonprofit. Nonprofits exist to fulfill their mission. Let me be clear that most grants are only available to legal nonprofit 501(c) 1, 2, 3.etc. Grants offered by governments or municipalities (e.g. United States federal government, State of Oregon, City of Bellevue, Dade County, or The Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation, etc.)

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. It reforms the Tax Court, the Federal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1977, and it also modifies tariffs and duties on imported goods.

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Recently There Are Concerns By and About the IRS and Its Oversight of Political Organizations In This Election Year

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I do not typically write about 501(c)(4)'s but the times being what they are I thought it was not just pertinent current event discussion, but a good example of how the IRS attempts to oversee nonprofit organizations (of each and all kinds). If these organizations seeking charitable status are not providing welfare to the community, that is fine, but they then will be categorized as the appropriate entity and not allowed to raise tax free dollars.

Doomsday Has Been Rescheduled, But What About The Donations Raised for It?

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In a timely fashion, Rick Cohen, for The Nonprofit Quarterly, on May 23 wrote, Nonprofit Raises Big Bucks For Doomsday - What Now? According to American law, once a donor gives a donation and it is accepted by the nonprofit recipient of that donation it is a legal and binding charity-related fiscal transaction. This is a more interesting question for those of us who give donations to nonprofits, but also for those of us who work with nonprofits.

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NASA/JPL's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity's Landing (Or Not) Tonight: A Great Example of Donors Watching for Mission Based Success In Deciding Whether to Give Again Or Not

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I repeatedly explain in this blog about how nonprofit organizations (which include government agencies) best increase and further their support (including financial support) through demonstrable achievements and mission-based successes. Too, current success demonstrates to potential supporters that the organization has the talent on staff to achieve further new successes in the future: this demonstrates that the organization is viable going forward.

Grants for Health Impact Assessments of Decisions Made In Other Sectors (i.e. Civil Engineering, Agricultural Legislation, Etc.)

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Deadline: September 14, 2012 "Health Impact Project Announces Call for Proposals to Bring Health Into Decisions in Non-Health Sectors "The Health Impact Project , a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts , has announced a Call for Proposals for organizations seeking to conduct health impact assessments (HIAs). Grants will support government agencies, educational organizations, or nonprofit organizations.

The New Tax Form You'll Have to File If Your Org Receives $25,000 Or More

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If your organization receives $25,000 or more during 2008, then in 2009 you will have to begin filing a 990, if you have not before. Both, donors and the United States government now expect transparency and accountability. If a donor is considering giving a large contribution to your organization they may research your group at length, and will certainly check your group's most recent tax filing.

Why Your Nonprofit Needs to Get Political – Now

J Campbell Social Marketing

There is little doubt that Trump’s presidency has been unwelcome news for most of the nonprofit sector. What do we stand for as an organization? If you suspect that your organization is going to be ill-affected if this budget, or some version of it, passes, craft a response.

A Hearty Warning That A Second And Perhaps Worse Economic Collapse Looms, Nonprofits

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Roubini's concern is world governments won't have enough resources, if another (and if larger) collapse occurs to either stave it off or rebound from it easily. Second, as this blog exists solely to assist nonprofits (which by virtue of their business model have few resources at their disposal) a warning (even one that might be hasty and unwarranted, in the end) can be prudent if not perhaps ultimately vital. Professional nonprofit best practices are only constantly evolving.

Mission-Based Thinking - Why It Matters, Especially Today - Why It Works, And Examples of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

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Mission-based thinking, a staple of contemporary, professional, nonprofit, best practices, is often discussed and explained but examples are more difficult to locate. In the next post I will then share different examples of how mission based thinking can work, from different points of view within and outside of the nonprofit, and how in doing so, I will demonstrate how empowering, clarifying, and on track it can help an organization to either become or be.

Here's The New Tax Form You'll File For 2008 Reporting

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The IRS released the new nonprofit tax form, 990-EZ tax return this week, on September 11. link] All American nonprofits (in one of many forms, as defined by the IRS; e.g. a 501(c)(3), a 501(c)(4), etc.) Be sure to review the IRS code that describes which organizations must file which forms and which organizations are exempt. Maybe in previous years the organization that you work for did not have to file a tax return?

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.