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Dashboards: Nonprofits’ New Best Friend

If you lead or help manage a nonprofit organization, you know how hard it can be to provide clarity and transparency to your stakeholders. Revenue streams are unpredictable, databases can be hard to work with, and money has to be…

By Justin Johnson

December 22, 2015

Serving the Public Good (by Invitiation Only)

America's foundations are not particularly interested in receiving your proposal. Earlier this year I did a quick search on Foundation Directory Online (FDO) of the 96,042 independent, company-sponsored, and community foundations based in the U.S. The results were pretty shocking: only 26,663…

By Bradford K. Smith (he/him)

November 30, 2015

Funders, thank you for doing these 12 awesome things

Hi everyone, after talking to an ED of color who was on the verge of quitting the field after a horrible and demoralizing experience with a small grant that left her almost in tears, I started writing a post called…

By Vu Le (he/him)

October 1, 2015

Throwing a Fundraising House Party? Here ‘s What You Need to Know

A version of this blog post first appeared in Philanthropy Front & Center New York. If you're looking to raise money for a good cause without the extravagance of a full-on gala, having a house party can be great as…

July 8, 2015

4 Steps to Identifying Your Key Messages

I worked with a client recently on honing their messaging. This organization has a focused mission, a clearly articulated approach to its work, and specialized niche within its ecosystem of actors and stakeholders. They know their constituents and they can…

June 22, 2015

The Clinton Foundation Reveals Its Donors: Should You?

A fundraising foundation has two world famous founders, a global network of generous donors, and a track record of grantmaking success. One of the founders plans to run for higher office, and the foundation makes the decision to be highly…

By Steven Lawrence

June 1, 2015

Social Sector Knowledge Sharing: A Manifesto for 2015 and Beyond

This post was originally featured on the Markets for Good blog. Within the last six months, three of the world’s largest foundations—the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ford Foundation—have all announced that they will require open…

By Lisa M. Brooks (she/her) and Gabi Fitz

April 20, 2015

Where Can I Find a Nonprofit’s Form 1023?

Lately, I've been getting a lot of Ask Us visitors who want to see a specific nonprofit's Form 1023, also known as its exemption application. This question usually comes from would-be nonprofits that want to refer to Form 1023 samples…

By Sandy Pon (she/her)

March 6, 2015

Document Checklist for Grant Proposals: Part 3

Part 1 listed documents to collect during the prospect research stage; Part 2 listed those to collect when you submit your letter of inquiry or proposal. Part 3 will look at what to keep when you've been notified, and suggest…

By Richard Hallman and Sandy Pon (she/her)

December 29, 2014

Document Checklist for Grant Proposals: Part 2

Part 1 listed documents to collect during the prospect research stage. In Part 2, we'll continue our checklist with content to collect when you submit your letter of inquiry or proposal. Letter of inquiry. Grantmakers are increasingly asking for a…

By Richard Hallman and Sandy Pon (she/her)

December 17, 2014

Document Checklist for Grant Proposals: Part 1

A Foundation Center South visitor was trying to organize paperwork related to grant proposals and asked if we knew of a checklist that listed every document that might have something to do with a grant proposal. We couldn't find one,…

By Richard Hallman and Sandy Pon (she/her)

December 15, 2014

What Can I Do If a Nonprofit Isn’t Following Its Bylaws?

This is another question that visitors often have for our Ask Us team. Curiously, I've had a hard time finding a succinct answer to this seemingly simple question. Corporate attorney Paul Davis Fancher of Troutman Sanders presented a free webcast…

By Sandy Pon (she/her)

December 9, 2014