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Public Charity vs. Private Foundation

When starting a 501(c)(3) organization, there are generally two choices of how the organization will be classified. It can be a public charity or a private foundation. 

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5 Ways to Raise Money and Get New Donors During the Holidays

The holidays are a wondrous time for fundraising (and finding new donors!). People are more generous during the holidays and you can easily raise much-needed funds for your nonprofit plus build your donor base with new supporters. A big, loyal…

How to Find Good Board Members for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Board Members – Choose Wisely

No decision you make regarding your nonprofit organization carries more importance than who is chosen to lead it.  The members of your board of directors make up the governing body of your nonprofit and are legally accountable for its actions. …

10 Business Essentials for Nonprofits

It often seems that when otherwise business-savvy individuals become involved in a nonprofit organization, they set aside all they ever learned in business and proceed to operate their nonprofit as if business rules do not matter.  As most soon find…

Thoughts on Nonprofit Leadership Part II

This is installment #2 in our ongoing series on leadership.  Our first installment was more of an introduction.  In this post, we are going to explore the concept of governance vs. management. Governance and management:  For many, these are interchangeable…

Thoughts On Nonprofit Leadership (Part I)

The word "leader" conjures up a variety of images:  your old Little League coach, a military general, your boss...even the president of the United States.  Regardless of who (or what) comes to mind, there is the common thread of someone…

Avoiding 501(c)(3) Founder’s Syndrome

Founder's syndrome.  It affects nonprofits and for-profits alike.  And it can be crippling to any organization.  Understanding what it is and how to avoid it is crucial to the future of your 501(c)(3). Taken from that most-reputable of sources, Wikipedia,…

The Dirty (Half) Dozen Nonprofit No-Nos

Occasionally, you have to protect people from themselves.  Even those with the best of intentions can mess things up so badly that it can jeopardize what they are trying to accomplish.  In the nonprofit world, there are best practices, good…

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