Our knowledge base is a growing catalog of training and information designed to expand your knowledge of charitable and nonprofit operations, leadership, and funding.
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Knowledge Base Categories
Nonprofit Finance and Operations
Understanding the “numbers” can be a challenge for may leaders, including leaders of nonprofit organizations. These lessons were written to help improve your understanding of — and ability to manage — the financial landscape for your organization. Collectively, the lessons cover very practical issues and challenges in nonprofit finance, and includes essential budget and financial lessons to help you become familiar with these important documents.
Charitable and Nonprofit Funding
Whether your nonprofit organization is newly formed or firmly established, growth and development is a continuous process that relies on adequate funding. Given the growth-rate for the nonprofit sector and the fierce competition for traditional funding, it is more important than ever for nonprofit founders and organizational leaders to understand where the money is, and how to get it. The lessons below offer a great starting point!
- READ: 4 “Must Have” Planning Documents
- READ: Writing an Awesome Letter of Inquiry
- READ: How to Research Grant-Makers
- READ: Unsolicited Grant Request
- READ: Why Grant Applications are Denied
- READ: 21 Models for Charitable Funding
- WEBINAR: 21 Ways to Fund a Nonprofit
- WEBINAR: The Art of Grant-Writing
- WEBINAR: Becoming Grant Ready
Leading a nonprofit organization is not for the faint at heart. It takes knowledge, skills, and abilities to plan, implement, and sustain programs. The lessons in this category cover the fundamentals of nonprofit leadership and describes the clear roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members.
Nonprofit Legal Compliance
Nonprofit compliance laws are put in place on the state and federal level to protect the public and ensure nonprofit organizations do not abuse their financial advantages. The most notable advantages include exemption from federal and state taxes, and access to grants. The lessons in this category provide an overview of state and federal compliance information that most nonprofit organizations must abide by.
Information covered in these lessons are not intended to be legal advice. It is best to seek the advice of an attorney for your specific legal questions. There are many pro-bono legal services available throughout the United States.
- READ: Our Legal Disclosure
- READ: Maintaining Legal Compliance
- READ: 501(c)(3) Prohibited Activities and Required Disclosures
- READ: State Income Tax Exemptions
- READ: Filing the IRS 990 Information Return
- READ: Unrelated Business Income Tax
- READ: Charitable Registration Requirement
- READ: Required Public Disclosures
- READ: Bylaws and Conflict of Interest
- READ: Nonprofit Ethics
Learn and connect to key industry websites for dozens of free and low cost services and tools to help you grow and sustain your organization.
Starting and Running a Nonprofit
With so many nonprofits being established every month, it’s pretty easy to feel like you are lost in the shuffle and without support. Lessons in this category are designed to help you understand what is involved in forming and running a nonprofit; as well as options for carrying out your charitable mission without establishing a nonprofit.
Nonprofit Strategic Planning
Strategic planning is important because it helps organizational leaders focus on their intended direction and outlines measurable goals. Strategic planning is also useful for decision-making and evaluating progress over time. The lessons in this category are designed to aid nonprofit founders and leaders in their strategic planning efforts.
We offer growing library of training classes that are LIVE and On-Demand. Each training was designed with 1 goal in mind: To help the new and small nonprofits position themselves for funding and sustainability.
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