Nonprofit Handbook

September 26, 2014

Attorney Karmen A. Booker has developed a “Nonprofit Handbook that provides strategies and tips for your Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization.  This Handbook is a valuable resource for all Nonprofit Organizations who desire to use effective tools that will undoubtedly yield quality services for their target markets.  The Handbook focuses on the following:

  • Protecting Your Nonprofit Corporation’s Tax Exempt Status
  • Duties of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Building Your Nonprofit’s Board
  • Fundraising
  • Getting Charitable Donors for Your Nonprofit
  • Strategic Planning

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Karmen A. Booker is an Attorney, Business Consultant and Owner of Compu-Perfect Professional Services, a business consulting firm specializing in Business Entity Formation (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Nonprofit Corporations), Completing 501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exemption Applications, Grant Research and Writing services, and more.  CALL Attorney Booker NOW at (301) 408-1082 so she can help you write your vision, make it plain, and transform your vision into realized goals.

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What is Strategic Planning

December 15, 2012

What is Strategic Planning?

Strategic Planning is the process of developing a vision for the organization’s future and determining the necessary priorities, procedures, and operations (strategies) to achieve that vision.  Included are measurable goals, which are realistic and attainable, but also challenging; emphasis is on long-term goals and strategies, rather than short-term (such as annual) objectives.  Strategic planning is ongoing.   It is  “the process of self-examination, the confrontation of difficult choices, and the establishment of priorities”.

Benefits of Strategic Planning

  1. It permits discussion of issues in a proactive rather than reactive mode. Usually developed in an atmosphere that encourages creativity and brainstorming, the strategic plan may not only include concrete directions, but also provide an institutional set of core values. In a typical board meeting, there is simply no time to engage in a meaningful discussion about the long- term future of an agency. Many nonprofits are operation on the edge of financial chaos, often one failed grant application away form having to lay off staff or fold entirely.
  2. It requires an action plan to solve real problems faced by an agency. The action plan is a template that the staff causes to implement the policies and desires of the board. Many CEOs complain that the board helps with solving problems, but fails to provide direction on the core values of the agency. A strategic plan explicitly includes those core values, and assists the CEO in creative strategies for solving current problems and anticipating future ones.
  3. It provides a formal mandate for the reallocation of resources to respond to changing conditions, and the means to obtain additional resources if required. A successful strategic planning process that develops an aggressive plan to attack problems often energies a moribund boards.
  4. It builds inter-board relationships that might not otherwise exist, and creates a partnership among the board chairperson, board members, staff, funders, and other stakeholders. Each has a role that is defined in the plan and, if bought into, the added responsibilities increase the available resources of the agency. The social contact that occurs at many board retreats, particularly those designed in bucolic settings away from the hustle and bustle of the agency, cement personal relationships among participants. This improves the bond between the agency and its leadership.
  5. It provides a mechanism for the board, staff, and agency stakeholders to become more informed about the activities and problems faced by the agency. It promotes in many, cases, a frank discussion by the agency executive of problems that might not be shared within the context of a conventional board meeting. Many CEOs welcome the process n that it takes a burden off their shoulders and shares it with the agency’s constituents.
  6. It provides  an opportunity to focus on the forest rather than the trees. It is easy for a CEO to become lost in the mundane issues of personnel, budgeting, office management, board relations, and public relations, and virtually ignore issues relating to the actual purpose and mission of the nonprofit.

Attorney Karmen A. Booker has developed a “Nonprofit Handbook that provides strategies and tips for your Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization.  This Handbook is a valuable resource for all Nonprofit Organizations who desire to use effective tools that will undoubtedly yield quality services for their target markets.  The Handbook focuses on the following:

  • Protecting Your Nonprofit Corporation’s Tax Exempt Status
  • Duties of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Building Your Nonprofit’s Board
  • Fundraising
  • Getting Charitable Donors for Your Nonprofit
  • Strategic Planning

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Donor Acknowledgement Letter

November 4, 2012

Donors to your nonprofit should receive:

1)    a thank you letter and

2)    a receipt for their tax-deductible donation.

The IRS requires that a charity send an acknowledgement letter for any donation that is more than $250. The donor uses this letter as proof of his or her donation and right to a tax deduction. These letters should be sent immediately after the donation is received.

The minimum requirements of that acknowledgement letter are:

* Your organization’s name

* The amount of the cash contribution

* A description (but not value) of non-cash contribution (sometimes called gift-in-kind). The donor is responsible for estimating the value of non-cash contributions when they are reported to the IRS on a donor’s tax return

* A statement that no goods or services were provided by the organization, if applicable

* A description and good faith estimate of the value of goods or services, if any, that the organization provided in return for the contribution. An example of this is a benefit dinner where some of the money received pays for the actual dinner, while the rest is a donation

* A statement that goods or services, if any, that the organization provided in return for the contribution consisted entirely of intangible benefits if applicable. An example might be a small gift typically of a value under $65

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 Karmen A. Booker is an Attorney, Business Consultant and Owner of Compu-Perfect Professional Services, a business consulting firm specializing in Business Entity Formation (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Nonprofit Corporations), Completing 501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exemption Applications, Grant Research and Writing services, and more.

Attorney Karmen A. Booker has developed an E-book  called “Fundraising for Nonprofits ”. It  provides Fundraising Tips that include but are not limited to

  • Developing a Fundraising Plan
  • Writing a Fundraising Letter
  • Specific Fundraising Tips such as selling advertisement space in your newsletter and on your website, and more.

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Attorney Karmen A. Booker has developed the  Nonprofit Sample Template”  e-book that provides templates for the following:

* Sample Mission Statements

* Sample Business Plans

* Sample Donor Solicitation Letter

* Sample Thank You Donor Letter

* Sample Press Release

* Sample Letter of Inquiry

* Sample Corporate Donation Letter

* Sample Board Member Application

* Sample Board Member Agreement

* Sample Volunteer Application

* Sample Volunteer Agreement

* AND MORE

This Nonprofit Sample Template is a valuable resource for all Nonprofit Organizations who desire to use effective tools that will undoubtedly help them acquire funding and provide quality services for their target markets.

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5 Benefits of Social Media Marketing

September 22, 2012

Social media— including pages like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, and LinkedIn  are playing an increasing role in people’s lives. Nonprofit marketing has benefited from social media marketing in a number of ways.

1.      There is No Need for Large Amounts of Funding

A nonprofit organization, does not pay dividends; rather, its surplus income goes into fulfilling its vision.  Therefore, it does not need to use marketing vehicles that require large amounts of funding.   Social marketing is an inexpensive marketing platform for nonprofits.

2.      Involvement of Stakeholders

Stakeholders tend to hold a great interest in causes that are related to themselves. Social mediums generate an overall integrated experience with those exact stakeholders.

3.      Establishing Relations

Just as social marketing websites give individuals the opportunity to carry on relationships with their friends and associates so too it enables charitable organizations to establish and maintain relationships with their supporter. Moreover, supporters who are already linked with the nonprofit via social networking can use the same channels to tell others about the nonprofit, thus increasing their supporters exponentially.

4.      Videos as Leverage

Charitable organizations can also use social media networking to get potential supporters to view their promotional videos. YouTube has a nonprofit program, whereby such businesses receive special benefits; and these include extra uploading capability and branding capabilities of the highest quality. They may also be added to YouTube’s list of nonprofit channels and videos page, and the videos themselves may include a “call to action” overlay.

5.            Surveys and Polls

An organization can also use Facebook or Twitter to conduct surveys, which are especially useful because they can enable the nonprofit to discover what their supporters and potential supporters approve and disapprove of, and use that information to improve what they offer and how they conduct their business. Surveys can generate interest in fundraisers and other events that are being held by the nonprofit. They can also learn why their donors are making their contributions, what their value, and are interested in.

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Attorney Karmen A. Booker has developed the  Nonprofit Sample Template” e-book that provides templates for the following:

* Sample Mission Statements

* Sample Business Plans

* Sample Donor Solicitation Letter

* Sample Thank You Donor Letter

* Sample Press Release

* Sample Letter of Inquiry

* Sample Corporate Donation Letter

* Sample Board Member Application

* Sample Board Member Agreement

* Sample Volunteer Application

* Sample Volunteer Agreement

* AND MORE

This Nonprofit Sample Template is a valuable resource for all Nonprofit Organizations who desire to use effective tools that will undoubtedly help them acquire funding and provide quality services for their target markets.

GET YOUR COPY TODAY ON SALE for ONLY $9.99.   Just click on the Buy Now button below.


How to Start a Nonprofit Organization Videos

June 18, 2012

Do you want to learn how to start a Nonprofit Organization? View my Videos –

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvBu_9ZFaI4

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization (Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyBFJCGDH3s