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[Podcast] Why Marketing Matters with Emily Heck

[Podcast] Why Marketing Matters with Emily Heck

When it comes to marketing, many nonprofits shift right to thinking about development. But development and marketing are different skills, with different needs and separate goals. A robust marketing strategy that’s founded in clear and powerful branding, can help you...

3 Tips for Successful Nonprofit Board Development

3 Tips for Successful Nonprofit Board Development

As a nonprofit Executive Director, the amount of time you invest with your board of directors can vary wildly depending on your organizational culture and the time of year. But make no mistake: Nonprofit board development is critical to your success. And it’s becoming...

Financial Oversight Guidelines for Nonprofit Boards

Financial Oversight Guidelines for Nonprofit Boards

Financial oversight is one of the primary roles of your nonprofit board of directors.  Every nonprofit is required to have a board of directors. According to the National Council of Nonprofits, the board has a responsibility to “steer the organization towards a...

Updated Accounting Standards for In-Kind Donations (2022)

Updated Accounting Standards for In-Kind Donations (2022)

If your nonprofit uses donations of supplies, services, and even time to help fund your operations, you need to know about recent changes in accounting standards for in kind donations. All the way back in 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released...

Is Your Nonprofit Ready For Federal Grant Funding?

Is Your Nonprofit Ready For Federal Grant Funding?

According to The Nonprofit Times, almost 80% of all nonprofit revenue comes from the US government in the form of federal grant funding or fees for services. Those numbers may be skewed by some outliers, like education, but, regardless, there is still a lot of federal...

How to Read a 990: What Do Donors Want to See?

How to Read a 990: What Do Donors Want to See?

Unlike your personal tax return, anyone can request a copy of your Form 990 from the IRS or search for your filing several online databases. And when they know how to read a 990, they can find out A LOT about your organization. Watchdog organizations, large donors,...

Nonprofit Audit Checklist (+ Free PDF Download)

Nonprofit Audit Checklist (+ Free PDF Download)

Many nonprofit organizations both large and small need to undergo a financial statement audit every year. Preparing for a nonprofit audit can be overwhelming and anxiety-filled, especially if it’s your first audit or you don’t have a strong and experienced financial...

PODCAST: Understanding Fundraising & Human Behavior

PODCAST: Understanding Fundraising & Human Behavior

Tim Kachuriak has dedicated the past 15 year of his life to answer this question… “Why do people give to nonprofits?” And while he’s found that the answers vary wildly, he’s managed to identify some core principles that can predictably boost giving to your nonprofit....

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