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The ABC's Of Forming Your 501(c)(3)

October 13, 2016

Starting your own nonprofit is exciting, but navigating state and IRS requirements is a significant challenge. Despite these challenges, the journey to creating a 501(c)(3) to serve an unmet need is well worth the investment.

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Thank you, Jane Jacobs for knowing your “PLACE”!

October 5, 2016

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” -Jane Jacobs. If you care about neighborhoods and how they function, you probably already know much about journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs and her understanding of place.

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4 Best Practices For Spicing Up The Need Section With Data

September 8, 2016

Most people don’t think of data as “spicy,” or of adding any real interest. But actual data, sprinkled sparingly in appropriate places, can be extremely effective in driving home an important point. Backing up your assertions of need with carefully selected facts demonstrates to the funder that you’ve done your homework. Read four best practices for sprinkling the spice of data into your foundation proposal recipes.

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The Key To Great Year-End Fundraising? Your Brand.

August 29, 2016

August is a great time to take a step back and plan ahead for year-end fundraising season. Dan Gunderman, Creative Director, at Big Duck shares why it is important to connect the season of giving to your overall organization.

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Donors Don’t Want Their Gifts Spent On Overhead … Or Do They?

August 22, 2016

“Overhead” can be a dirty word in nonprofit circles. The common belief is that many – if not most – donors don’t want their donations used for anything other than supporting the mission of the organization. So, is it myth or fact? This post shares research from GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator about what is important to donors.

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YouthGiving.org: Showcasing The Power Of Youth As Grantmakers

August 15, 2016

YouthGiving.org connects members of the youth giving movement, elevates the stories of incredible young leaders, and provides a gathering place to propel the movement forward. Sarah Bahn, Foundation Center intern, shares how young people are enhancing the social sector through philanthropy.