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How to Start a Nonprofit in 12 Steps

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If you’re thinking of starting a nonprofit, congratulations! It’s an amazing way to bring people together and make a difference in your community. It can also be quite an overwhelming process. That’s why we created this comprehensive. organizational-management

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The Event Planning Checklist Used By Top Event Planners

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Are you new to planning events and want a little help? Or are you looking for an easy process for your team to follow while planning an event? Whether you’re running an in-person, hybrid or virtual event , you’re in the right place. events

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How to Take Board Meeting Minutes

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Taking board meeting minutes can feel tedious, but doing it well will help your team in the long run! Board minutes serve as a point of reference for what was discussed AND as a resource in legal matters. The best minute takers have: a keen ear for. organizational-management

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14 Ways to Improve Your Organization's Member Experience

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A few years ago, I joined an online writing club. I was hoping to start tracking my writing progress and connect with other writers, and I hoped the sense of community would give me motivation to keep developing my skills. Two months after I joined, membership

10 Common AMS Implementation Myths Debunked

Voicing the need for a new AMS may not win you any popularity contests. But if your business objectives aren’t being met, it’s time to broach the subject. Turn skeptics around with 10 hard-to-argue responses designed to showcase the value of a new system.

How to Get Event Sponsorship: Your Ultimate Guide for 2022

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Getting event sponsorship can be a huge win for your next event. But the road to securing one can be a point of stress in your event planning. A recent survey stated that 90% of event planners put finding an event sponsor as one of their top two concerns. events

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Association Management Company vs. Software: Which One Is Right For You? (+ Our Top 5 AMS Picks)

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Thinking of starting an association ? Save yourself the headache and outsource your association management to a company or a software tool. In this post, we’ll take a look at both options, talk about why investing in association management software. organizational-management

How to Write The Best Thank-You Letter for Donations + Three Templates and Samples

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You’ve worked hard to bring in those donations, but does the work stop there? Absolutely not. In fact, in a lot of ways it’s just starting. When a donor makes a gift to your organization — especially if it’s their first one. fundraising

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How to Hire a Grant Writer

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Operating a nonprofit is expensive, and most can’t rely on donations alone to cover their costs, especially when they’re first starting up. That’s where grants come in — funds you can get from the government (or a foundation). organizational-management

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7 Steps to Create a Donation Website for Your Nonprofit + 10 Great Examples

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Take a look at your website. Would it encourage you to donate? If the answer is no, your potential donors probably feel the same way. Think of your website as your personal assistant. Once set up properly to receive donations, it makes it easy for. fundraising

7 Signs It’s Time to Move to a New AMS

Do you need to break up with your AMS? Your association deserves a membership management platform that enhances staff efficiency, creates value, and delivers outcomes to drive membership success. Download this guide to uncover the 7 signs it’s time to move to a new AMS.

43 Event Management Software Tools You Need to Know About

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What if you had an army of robots to do all the grunt work for your events? This isn’t science fiction: this is the reality of many event managers. Instead of manually processing registrations, running checks to the bank, or trying to keep track. events

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Your 2022 Guide to Hosting a Virtual Conference

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Over the last two years, more and more organizations have made the move to virtual events and conferences. We now have the technology to host thousands of attendees in the virtual space, while providing them with valuable, engaging, and memorable experiences. events

The 21 Best Fundraising Software Platforms for Nonprofits

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At WildApricot , we’ve worked with thousands of fundraising professionals over the years. Although they have different tips and tricks for success, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’ve added nonprofit fundraising software. fundraising

25 Cheap & Easy Fundraising Ideas During COVID

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As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, no one is sure whether things will ever truly return to normal. For nonprofits, this has meant changing up the way they approach fundraising. No one is organizing elaborate in-person galas or sending volunteers to. fundraising

8 Requirements Executives Should Look For in a New AMS

Selecting a new Association Management System (AMS) can be daunting, even for the most “seasoned” professionals. Learn what top association executives require when it comes to their most crucial investments.

The Ultimate Membership Renewal Guide

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Your members are your organization’s lifeblood — and while one of your top activities is likely bringing in new members, one of the most common challenges associations face is a low membership renewal rate. People are busy and forgetful, membership

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37 Facebook Groups Every Nonprofit Professional Needs to Join

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I was talking to an administrative coordinator recently who had just started at a small nonprofit in Toronto. Although she loved her new role, she was having some trouble figuring out who to reach out to about some industry questions she had. Since. organizational-management

The Ultimate Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

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Whenever Kathleen thought about ramping up her nonprofit’s social media presence, she quickly found herself overwhelmed. When she’d started the organization, social media didn’t even exist! She’d invited people to the first. marketing

TikTok for Nonprofits: The Beginner’s Guide

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First launched in 2017 as a short-form video sharing app used mostly by teens, TikTok has exploded in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people look for entertainment and connection during long periods of lockdown, the hilarity, quirkiness. marketing

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The Ins and Outs of Marketing Automation for Associations

What the heck is marketing automation? Grab this informative guide that explains what it is; why and where associations use it; and how it’s like email marketing on steroids. The guide also includes a new-member onboarding schedule that is helpful whether you already use marketing automation or not.

How To Start a Nonprofit Organization With No Money

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You have an amazing idea for a new nonprofit organization that could really make a difference in your community. Only problem is, you have no startup capital. Is it even possible to start a nonprofit with no money? The short answer is yes! The long. organizational-management

200+ Amazing Free or Cheap Nonprofit Software Tools

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Feeling like you're doing too many tasks by hand? That's because you probably are. Although nonprofits are often resistant to technological change, there are many software solutions that can solve any manual task your nonprofit is doing right now. website-and-technology

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Membership Card Template: How to Create Membership Cards In 3 Minutes

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One of the best ways to improve your members’ experience is to provide them with membership cards. Creating them may seem like a fairly straightforward process, but believe it or not, how you design and distribute your membership cards can have. membership

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Why You Should Share a Member Spotlight (+ Sample Questions and Examples)

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Your members are the heart and soul of your membership organization — everything you do is for them and thanks to them! You already provide your members with amazing benefits , fun events, educational resources, and a community of like-minded. membership

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How to Choose the Right AMS Solution for Your Association

The Buyer’s Checklist for association professionals is designed to help you make an “apples to apples” comparison of association management software (AMS) systems, so you can make the right purchasing decision for your association’s unique needs.

Why Your Organization Needs Young Volunteers + How to Recruit and Motivate Them

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Ever wonder why some nonprofit organizations keep growing and flourishing for decades, while others seem to dwindle as time passes? The health of your organization is fueled by the people who make up your community — members, donors, staff, volunteers, volunteerism

4 Tips for Increasing Engagement Between Virtual Attendees

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This is a blog post by Christina Tomlinson, VP of Marketing & Events at Pathable. When it comes to successfully hosting a virtual event, one of the biggest hurdles you’ll face is engaging your audience. In fact, according to this survey. events

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How to Start Grant Writing (+ Templates)

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As a nonprofit, it’s a good idea to have a variety of revenue sources to fund your missions. One source can be grants. And if you’re looking for support for a specific project or position within your organization, you may have grant writing. organizational-management

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The Beginner’s Guide to Nonprofit Marketing

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It’s the age-old question: If you’re running an incredible nonprofit , but no one knows about it, does it really exist? Alright, that’s a bit of a stretch. Seriously, though: If you’ve been struggling to bring in donations, marketing

Membership Calculations for Association Pros Who Hate Math

Does the thought of having to calculate retention, churn, or the cost of acquiring a new member make your head hurt? If so, this cheatsheet is a lifesaver.

How to Get Donations Online: 18 Ways the Pros Are Doing It

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Online donations are a great way to maximize your nonprofit’s time and resources while having a larger impact. However, with the volume of online content growing, capturing attention and keeping it is more difficult than ever. To help you grab. fundraising

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How To Create an Effective Donor Stewardship Program in 8 Simple Steps

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As a fundraiser, you likely spend much of your time promoting your cause, organizing campaigns, and soliciting new gifts. But what happens after a gift has been made? Is the work over? Far from it. This is where donor stewardship begins. Ideally, you’ll. fundraising

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38 Free Nonprofit Webinars for December 2020

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Here are all the free nonprofit webinars happening in December 2020 that the Internet has to offer

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40 Free Nonprofit Webinars for December 2020

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Every month, I compile the internet's biggest list of free nonprofit webinars. As we get closer to the new year, it's time for nonprofits to take all we learned in 2020 and start planning for a successful 2021. This month, nonprofit experts are offering. organizational-management

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Report: 2022 Association Survey Results

See how your association compares to others across the U.S. and Canada. The 8th annual report provides fascinating insights into association trends over the past year.

Sponsorship As An Alternate Revenue Stream

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If your nonprofit relies on membership dues, grants, and individual donations as main sources of revenue, you’re off to a great start. However, there’s another way to raise much-needed funds that you may not be taking advantage of: sponsorships. fundraising

Will a Capital Campaign Cannibalize Your Annual Fundraising?

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This is a blog post by Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, and Andrea Kihlstedt, co-founders of the Capital Campaign Toolkit. Are you worried that if you ask for big campaign gifts, donors won’t give smaller amounts towards your annual appeals? Having nightmares. fundraising

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12 Productivity Tools for Nonprofits (2021 Update)

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Alyssa had no idea what she was getting into when she landed her first role as the Admin Coordinator at a small association in Chicago. While her duties seemed clear-cut in the job description, she quickly realized what a mess everything was on the. website-and-technology

How to Create an Amazing Subscription Website in Less Than a Day

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"I want to create a subscription website where people pay to get access to my community, resources, and publications.” ” That's what Lily, a stay-at-home mom who ran her local Library Association, wanted to accomplish. When she began to Google. website-and-technology

The Four Culture Decisions that will Make or Break Your Return to the Workplace

Rethinking Work, Office, and Culture in the New Reality - How will you design the workplace for the needs of employees? How will you define what it means to collaborate or supervise? Find out here.