How-To-Guide: Kickstart your individual donor fundraising!

Do you want to start fundraising from individuals for your nonprofit, but not sure were to start? Here are some easy steps to kick start your individual donor giving program: First and foremost, you need a website! You can use free services like WordPress to create a website quickly and without needing to know all the…

Work and Play

In the last class I taught, one of my students asked me:   How do you balance the friendship/professional relationship if the majority of your Board members are people you befriended before asking them to be on your Board?       Michael Scott understands your plight.   This is a tricky question with (hopefully)…

Board Phases

The Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization goes through four phases in the lifetime of the organization: founding, working, governing, and institutional. When I founded my own nonprofit, I recruited the organization’s first Board members. You can read about that here.  I asked a couple of my friends to be Board members. They joined…

If everyone gave just $1, we would make budget

Classic Fundraising Scenario: You’ve sent out 100 funding proposals to high net worth individuals, foundations, corporations as well as County and City entities.  Now what? The response is that they want to see a track record and results before they will fund.  The challenge is that you need funds to operate a program in order…

Simple Fundraising Event

Although event fundraising is not my favorite avenue, it is a great place to start.  In order to begin fundraising for the Women Film Foundation, we hosted “happy hour fundraisers.” This was a good venue for me because I was in my early 20’s and so were my friends.  Neither of us had much money,…

$$$$$$: Fundraising for a New Nonprofit

Fundraising for a new nonprofit is challenging… to say the least.  You will need to determine how you will sustain the activities of your organization through fundraising.  There are three main methods of fundraising: Individual Donations, Grants and Corporate Donations.  This chapter will discuss how to create a basic fundraising plan, develop a case statement…

All Aboard!

Next step is to recruit people to help you initially implement your idea.  For me, this was my roommate and my nonprofit mentor (who later became the Executive Director of the organization).  The three of us formed the original Board of Trustees for the nonprofit exempt paperwork. Founders are accused of not being professional by…

Program Design and Evaluation

Programs are the activities that will fulfill the mission of your nonprofit.  Frank Pisch (now CEO of The Compass Group) started out his career as a classroom teacher at a Catholic School teaching English and Biology.  He knew that there had to be a better way to teach kids the fundamentals so he created a…

Defining Your Passion

While writing your nonprofit paperwork, you will begin to define the passion that sparked the idea for founding a nonprofit.  The first step is to talk to anyone and everyone who will listen about your idea.  Meet with local nonprofit founders to find out how they got started.  Share with them your idea and ask…