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Nonprofit Kit For Dummies, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-60417-5
384 pages
November 2013
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Tips and techniques to help your nonprofit thrive

More so now than in years past, a significant number of nonprofit organizations have experienced a major decrease in funding and contributions. Nonprofit Kit for Dummies, 4th Edition caters to these organizations and shows you how your nonprofit can thrive and survive even in the most unpredictable and uncertain economic climate.

This new edition of Nonprofit Kit For Dummies offers tips and information on everything you need to navigate the process of setting up and effectively running a nonprofit organization, including: hybrid corporations; employee performance reviews; IRS regulations; social media; nonprofit marketing and fundraising; building cash reserves and risk capital; online research and fundraising; and much more.

  • Covers raising money, applying for grants, and developing the perfect mission statement
  • Details on how state laws vary, how to conduct program evaluations; and how to conform to accounting standards
  • CD includes forms, worksheets, templates, and more—plus stronger, more specific examples of organization plans and resources to guide organizational financial systems and procedures

Whether you're thinking about starting your own nonprofit or are already working in the sector, Nonprofit Kit For Dummies is a valuable source for getting the latest information and practical advice on running a prosperous nonprofit organization.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Nonprofits 5

Chapter 1: Tuning In to the World of Nonprofi t Organizations 7

Chapter 2: Deciding to Start a Nonprofi t 15

Chapter 3: Writing Your Mission Statement 33

Chapter 4: Incorporating and Applying for Tax Exemption 41

Chapter 5: Safeguarding Your Nonprofi t Status 61

Part II: Managing a Nonprofit Organization 77

Chapter 6: Building Your Board of Directors 79

Chapter 7: Planning: Why and How Nonprofi ts Make Plans 95

Chapter 8: Evaluating Your Work: Are You Meeting Your Goals? 117

Chapter 9: Getting the Work Done with Volunteers 129

Chapter 10: Getting the Work Done with Paid Staff 145

Chapter 11: Showing the Money: Budgets and Financial Reports 169

Chapter 12: Marketing: Spreading the Word about Your Good Work 195

Part III: Successful Fundraising 219

Chapter 13: Crafting a Fundraising Plan 221

Chapter 14: Raising Money from Individuals 235

Chapter 15: Making the Most of Special Events 257

Chapter 16: Finding the Grant Givers 271

Chapter 17: Writing a Grant Proposal 285

Chapter 18: Capital Campaigns: Finding Lasting Resources 301

Part IV: The Part of Tens 315

Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Adapting in Hard Times 317

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Raising Money 323

Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Protecting Your Nonprofit 329

Part V: The Appendixes 335

Appendix A: Glossary of Nonprofi t Terms.337

Appendix B: About the CD 341

Index 349

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Author Information

Stan Hutton is a senior program officer for the Clarence E. Heller Foundation. Frances N. Phillips teaches grant writing at San Francisco State University and serves on several nonprofit boards.

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