3 Website Mistakes

October 10, 2014

A website for a nonprofit organization is required. You simply do not exist if you are not exist if you are lot locatable online. People (of all ages) search for what they want online.

However, some nonprofits think that if they just put up a static site, that will be enough. However, those kind of websites may not be advantageous. A website should be living, dynamic and energetic. It should reflect your organization’s personality and mission through great photos, text, and design.

There are three reasons why many websites lack:

1. Outdated Information– Fresh, lively content should be added at least weekly. New photos should be mixed in at least every couple of months.  Blogs should be updated at least once a week.

An easy way to refresh a website without changing everything is to provide a feature area on the home page for a short article and photo of something new at your nonprofit. A preview of an upcoming event; an update of a fundraising campaign; a heart warming story of a client helped; a profile of a long-time donor. These can all be slotted in at regular intervals, while the bulk of your site stays basically the same.

2. Insufficient Contact Information– Just because people find you on the Internet doesn’t mean that they might not want to talk with you or email you. Do not provide a contact form for someone to fill out. These are cold and impersonal and are often abandoned midway through. Provide a contact list of real people with their respective coverage areas.  For example, Mary Smith, Community Outreach.

For instance, there could be a photo of the development person, and an email link inviting people to inquire about donating or a concern they have about a donation already made. A photo of the volunteer coordinator an email link, and phone number will help draw in potential volunteers and reassure current ones.  These emails must be responded to promptly.

3. Aamateur Design– Websites are worth good design. You may have started with something done by a staff member or a volunteer, but as soon as you can, hire a professional web designer to give you great color, readability, an attractive layout, easy-to-use navigation system, and a simple content management program that makes it easy for staff to update the site.

Throw in a visually attractive logo and tag line that benefits the mission of your organization. Investing in website design will e the best investment your nonprofit organization can make.

 

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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 a Report entitled “Fundraising for Nonprofits”, which provides information regarding:

  • 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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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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E-books

August 29, 2014
e-book Resources That Will Help Your Nonprofit Run Efficiently are:

 

 The Nonprofit Board is an e-book developed by Attorney Karmen A. Booker.  It discusses the following:
*  Are You Considering Being on the Nonprofit Board

*  Recruiting Nonprofit of Members*  Getting Nonprofit Board Members

*  Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

*  Getting Commitment from Nonprofit Board Members

*  Effective Nonprofit Board Leadership

*  Tips for Having an Efficient Nonprofit Board Meeting

*  Job Descriptions

It also has a Sample Nonprofit Board Survey Letter and a Sample Nonprofit Board Survey.“The Nonprofit Board” is a valuable resource for all Nonprofit Organizations who desire to discover information and tools that will help them recruit committed Board members and maintain organization efficiency through the Board.  GET YOUR COPY NOW – on SALE for $9.99

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Attorney Karmen A. Booker has developed the “Nonprofit Sample Templates” 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
The “Nonprofit Sample Templates” 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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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
  • Over 15 Specific Fundraising Projects such as selling advertisement space in your newsletter and on your website, and more.

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“How to Hold Successful Fundraising Events”  is an e-book developed by Attorney Karmen A. Booker.  It discusses:

Choosing What Type of Event to Host

Setting Up an Event Host Committee

Setting the Ticket Price

Planning the Event

Event Speakers

Ticket Selling Structure

Finding Attendees

Turning Pledges Into Dollars

Fundraising Event Checklist

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Attorney Karmen A. Booker has developed the Corporate Sponsorship Guide where  YOU will Learn:

*  How to Draft a Solicitation Letter

*  What Corporate Sponsors are Looking for in Charitable Events*  The Best Way to Approach Prospective Sponsors*  Where to Start

NOTEIncludes an 8 Step Guide and templates and samples of Corporate Sponsorship Solicitation Letters.

 

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Sources of Nonprofit Income

May 15, 2014

* Individuals.  They are the largest source of funding for nonprofit organizations. According to Giving USA, total charitable giving in the U.S. reached more than $303 billion in 2009, and 75% came from individuals.

* Corporations give in order to get…exposure, publicity, and community respect. Their funding is sporadic and tends to revolve around particular campaigns, events, and projects. Corporate funding can be a good source of support for new initiatives, special programs, and special events. Look for opportunities to form partnerships for sponsorships.

* Federal, State and Local Governments. Federal, state, and local government grants fund many programs provided by nonprofits, especially in areas such as ecnomic development.

* Federated Funds such as United Ways, United Arts, etc., can be steady sources of relatively large amounts of money to well established nonprofit organizations.

* Grantmaking Public Charities. These organizations are a cross between a private foundation and a charity. They typically receive funding from the general public, government, and private foundations. They may do public service, but primarily raise funds and provide grants to charitable nonprofits that provide direct service. You can find many such grantmaking public charities in your local area.

* Foundations come in various sizes and types.

Private Foundations include:

1. Corporate Foundations – private foundations, but their boards are often made up of corporate officers. Their endowment funds are separate from the corporation and they have their own staff.

2. Family Foundations – receive endowments from individuals or families. Examples of family foundations are: Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Ford Foundation. These family foundations have endowments in the billions, but most family foundations are much smaller, tend to fund locally, and often have little to no professional staff.

3.  Community Foundations –  public foundations that pool the assets of many donors. They work to improve their  communities through grant-making, awarding scholarships, and providing services to donors. Community Foundations have become very active in providing donor-advised funds for donors who want to become more purposeful in their giving but don’t want to set up their own private foundations.

Ongoing support is usually gained through:

* The Annual Fund. An annual appeal to a core group of constituents. Such funds are usually  available for any use, and may represent a large percentage of your annual income.

* Sales of Products and Services. Some non-profits or provide services that can represent a substantial income stream. For example, the Girl Scouts has an annual Girl Scout cookie sale and Goodwill Industries is probably the largest nonprofit retailer. Earned income must be related to the mission of the organization, or it can be taxed as unrelated business income.

* Multi-Year Grants. A grant-giving organization such as a foundation may provide restricted funding for a particular project or program, or unrestricted funding to help cover the overhead costs of running the organization.

* Endowment Income. Many large nonprofits, such as  higher education institutions and healthcare organizations, build up large endowment funds that produce interest that is used to support the organization.

Episodic funding can come from foundation or corporate grants or  special events.  These funds may be restricted to one purpose or devoted to unrestricted use by the nonprofit.

Two Special Types of Fundraising

Two types of funding fall outside the scope of ongoing and episodic methods and include a wide range of sources.

* The Capital Campaign. A capital campaign is a multi-year fundraising campaign with a particular goal such as:

* funding a new building

* raising funds for a particular project, such as cancer research

* increasing a particular asset such as an endowment

* Planned Giving. Most nonprofits now have planned giving programs which enable a donor to confer a gift at the time of his/her death or to give a large gift immediately while receiving income during the donor’s life.

A good fundraising plan will include a balance of these techniques and sources. Establishing unrestricted, ongoing funding is the most important, followed by other funding that will grow the organization.

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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
  • Over 15 Specific Fundraising Projects, and more.

GET YOUR COPY NOW – $5.00

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Nonprofit e-Book Bundle Holiday Special

November 28, 2013

Nonprofit e-book Bundle Special

Holiday Special – $40.00

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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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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