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How to Start a Nonprofit the Right Way and Get Your First Paying Members

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New nonprofits face more challenges than ever before, because of how the internet and emerging technologies are changing the ways in which people interact with organizations. In this comprehensive guide, I show you how to start a nonprofit the right way and get your first paying members.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Nonprofits You May Have Overlooked

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Many people jump into a nonprofit career without understanding what it actually takes to thrive in the nonprofit world. Unfortunately it’s those same people who burn out quickly. Not to be discouraged though, a good understanding of what’s to come will allow you to manage your expectations and plan for a successful, impactful career in the nonprofit world. webinars nonprofits

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29 of the Best Nonprofit Event Management Software Tools

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If you’re looking to raise more money and make managing your events easier, here’s a list of 29 event management software tools that can help you out. It’s my hope that you browse the list and discover one or two new tools that are perfectly suited for your organization’s needs.

September Update: Exciting News — Wild Apricot Has Been Acquired

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We are thrilled to announce that Wild Apricot has been acquired by Personify. Read all about the acquisition and more in this months' update. Acquired September-Update

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How Small Nonprofits Generate Thousands With Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

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If you were told to raise $5,000 by the end of the month, could you do it? There are seven key strategies that will help make your next peer-to-peer fundraiser the best success. Fundraising peer-to-peer

44 Free Nonprofit Webinars for September 2017

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Every month we compile the internet's biggest list of nonprofit webinars. Here are 44 free nonprofit webinars for September 2017. webinars nonprofit-webinars

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41 Free Nonprofit Webinars for August 2017

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Every month we compile the largest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are 41 for August 2017. webinars

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15 Brilliant Ways Word of Mouth Marketing Can Grow Your Nonprofit

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In this article, I’ll share 15 time-tested tactics for encouraging word of mouth conversations, and give you tips on how to encourage people to spread the word about your organization. Marketing word-of-mouth

Moving From Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion

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Many organizations and associations have a compelling statement on diversity and inclusion, but one that isn't reflected in their day-to-day operations. Sherry Marts and Elizabeth Engel, authors of "Include Is a Verb," show you how to move your organization from talk to action when it comes to authentic diversity and inclusion. assocations inclusion diversity

The Complete Nonprofit Compliance Checklist From an Expert

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Use this expert's nonprofit compliance checklist to make sure your organization is doing everything it takes to remain in good standing with the IRS. Nonprofit-Compliance-Checklist IRS

How to Say “No” to Nonprofit Board Members

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If you’re facing a difficult situation where you need to say a firm “no” to a board member, follow these five tips to help you frame the conversation in a constructive, collaborative way. Nonprofit-Board How-to-Say-No

How to Use the Wild Apricot Membership App to Easily Run Your Organization

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If you’re looking to manage your members on the go, you’ll be happy to know Wild Apricot built a membership management app for smartphones and tablets. Here's what you can do with it. Membership-App Mobile-App

24 Must-Watch Webinars for Nonprofit Professionals

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Here's a handy list of the top free nonprofit webinars sorted into categories like marketing, finance, and fundraising

46 Free Nonprofit Webinars for October 2017

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Every month we compile the internet's biggest list of nonprofit webinars. Here are 46 free nonprofit webinars for October 2017. Free-Nonprofit-Webinars October-Webinars

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15 Utterly Insane Fundraising Ideas People Actually Thought Would Work (And 3 That Do)

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I was on a thread recently where folks listed some of the craziest suggestions they’ve received from well-meaning know-it-alls. I thought I’d share 15 of the most utterly insane ones. And to make up for it, at the end of this post I share three simple, yet highly effective strategies from some of the best fundraisers I’ve come across. Fundraising fundraising-ideas

37 Free Nonprofit Webinars for June 2017

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Every month we compile the largest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are 36 for June 2017. webinars nonprofit

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5 Must-Have Nonprofit Digital Marketing Tools

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Here are the top 5 nonprofit digital marketing tools I’ve seen used most effectively. For each tool, I’ll show you how to use its best features and how much it costs

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This Formula Tells You When Your Association Will Die (and what to do about it)

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Are you worried your association is dying off? Member engagement expert Sarah Sladek gives you a formula that will predict your organization's life expectancy, and shows you how to ensure your association continues to thrive. Sarah-Sladek membership-growth membership attrition leadership member-retention association

Successful Volunteer Teams Have These Four Types of People

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There are four types of people, or personas that make for successful volunteer teams. I'll guide you through each of their motivations, which tasks they're best suited for, their behaviors, strengths, and opportunities. volunteering volunteer-teams

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The Simplest Way to Get Board Members to Help with Fundraising

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When it comes to fundraising, every extra hand helps, so what do you do when a board member isn’t cooperative? Fundraising expert, Amy Eisenstein shares her experience and the one simple thing that will get every board member to help out. Eisenstein amy Fundraising

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26 Free Nonprofit Webinars for April 2017

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Every month we compile the largest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are 26 for April 2017. webinars

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24 Things I Wish I Knew Before Entering the Nonprofit World

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I asked Shawna, and a dozen other seasoned nonprofit pros what they wish they knew before signing on to work for a nonprofit. Here are the 22 things that they hammered home. working-at-a-nonprofit

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Four Things that Turned This Association’s Annual Conference into a Member Recruiting Machine

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For many associations the annual conference is the biggest event of the year. But, what many associations don’t realize is that the annual conference can also be their biggest member recruiter. Here's how one association uses its annual conference to add hundreds of members each year.

The 22 Features Every Top Nonprofit Website Has

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Your nonprofit website can make or break your organization. That’s the unfortunate reality these days when so much happens online. To help other nonprofits create websites that bring in massive support, I’ve compiled the 22 features every top nonprofit website has. website nonprofit-website

5 Steps to Create an Amazing Membership Website with No Technical Expertise

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Here's how to create an amazing membership website from scratch and without any technical expertise. membership website

The 5 Habits of Engaging Membership Leaders

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The most engaging membership leaders share 5 common habits that set them apart from the rest. Find out what those 5 habits are and sign up for free online event where you can hear the advice and strategies of the industry's top membership leaders. Engaging-Membership-Leaders Joy-Duling

6 Effective Fundraising Ideas for Small Nonprofits (with examples!)

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This is a guest post by Adam Weinger, President of Double the Donation. A challenge I’ve come across with small nonprofits is finding a fundraising idea that will make a big impact, but will also be inexpensive. From my experience, there are six types

5 Ways to Reach New Donors Online

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Many nonprofits miss out on donations by not having the right online presence. To help you, Jasmine Marrow, the director of nonprofit strategy at GuideStar, the world’s largest database of nonprofit information, shows you five ways to reach donors online. Jasmine-Marrow online-presence online-profile Fundraising donations donors nonprofits

49 Popular Nonprofit Software Tools That Save Time and Money

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Like any company, your nonprofit needs software to increase productivity. Here are 49 of the most popular nonprofit software tools perfect for that. technology nonprofit-software

3 Common Legal Traps Nonprofits Fall Prey To

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Have you ever worried your nonprofit could have some hidden legal risks? Nonprofit attorney and strategist Erin McClarty shows you 3 common legal traps and how to avoid them. Erin-McClarty nonprofit-law legal-issues legal-traps nonprofit

6 Steps to Run a Productive Virtual Meeting with Templates and Examples

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If you’d like help making your virtual meetings more productive, here is a six-step formula along with the templates and examples that can make your virtual meetings super productive. Nancy-Settle-Murphy meetings virtual-meetings

4 Ways Leaders Can Sustain Volunteer Engagement

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Many well-intentioned volunteer appreciation tactics actually end up demotivating people. This is one of the reasons why many organizations struggle with volunteer engagement. To help you, volunteer expert Barry Altland shows you the 4 key ways leaders can sustain volunteer engagement. Barry-Altland Volunteers volunteer-engagement

4 Key Ways For Board Members To Lead Fundraising

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Fundraising success at many nonprofits largely depends on the involvement of board members. In this post, world renowned fundraising expert Larry Johnson reveals the four key ways for board members to lead fundraising. Larry-Johnson philanthropy board-members fundraise Fundraising

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4 Ways to Use a Google Ad Grant to Drive Meaningful Results for Your Organization

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This is a guest post by Jamie Finney, Brand and Product Development Lead at LeadPup An animal disease research organization I know started a Google Ads campaign with the hope of increasing donations to support a groundbreaking research project. Unfortunately

How to Recruit Volunteers from Your Email List

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If you’re sending emails to your contact list, asking for volunteers, but not getting a lot of response, it’s likely that your emails are getting lost in your recipients’ inboxes. Here's one simple thing you can do to get your emails to stand out. Volunteers personalization email emails

How to Create a Nonprofit Facebook Page and Get Followers

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If your nonprofit doesn’t have a Facebook Page yet, I’ll show you the five basic steps to getting set up and gaining your first followers. The whole process should take less than one hour. followers Facebook

Why Leaving Volunteer Management May Be the Best Thing for the Profession

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As a long-time volunteer manager, Elisa Kosarin has seen many colleagues move up and out of volunteer engagement, but she suggests not lament them. They’re the ones who will elevate the profession. volunteer management

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How to Deal with Difficult People in Your Meetings

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If you’re dealing with a difficult person in your organization, here’s a system to identify the cause behind the difficulty, and how to turn these people into productive team members in your meetings. Conflict Difficult-People Margaret-Sumption

45 Nonprofit Experts Who Tweet Great Advice for Nonprofits

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If you’re looking for expert tips, here is a list of the top forty-five nonprofit experts on Twitter categorized by business area (events, volunteering, marketing, etc,). experts Twitter

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23 Free Nonprofit Webinars for January 2017

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Start 2017 with a boost to your professional skill set with some free education. Each month we compile a list of the best free nonprofit webinars for you to attend. This month's webinars feature online fundraising best practices, software training, and how to find new donors this year. training Education webinars nonprofit free