Discussions of nonprofit organizations and finances can quickly become murky because so many people simply do not understand that nonprofits still deal with money. In fact, they’re at least as aware of it as their for-profit peers. One area in which nonprofits sometimes struggle is in knowing how to approach and deal with overhead. If your organization struggles to sell the concept of overhead to donors who delight in offering money for the more “meaningful”, this one’s for you!
One of the best ways to utilize a finite amount of money is to protect it. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than in the nonprofit world, where budgets can be limited and fraud rampant, despite good intentions and perceived safeguards. Often, nonprofit fraud isn’t the result of ill will (although sometimes it is), but people down on their luck, simple mistakes, or pure opportunity born of a lack of internal controls.
The fundraising appeal is a crucial part of any successful fundraising campaign. It is the way in which your organization asks for financial support. This can be done in a number of ways, including via virtual means or through direct mail—which is generally more responsive. When writing your fundraising appeals, you have to make sure that you choose your wording carefully to get the right message across to your potential donor.
Hosting virtual events can be used as a nonprofit marketing strategy for your organization or to fundraise for your causes. However, you’ll need a full grasp of virtual event budgeting and revenue planning to provide a solid financial foundation for your event. To get started, you’ll need an understanding of the virtual event planning process itself. That’s because the approach to virtual events is slightly different from that of in-person. The technology for virtual events is ever evolving, and therefore, you need to know what your audiences have been exposed to and what resonates with them to create a memorable event experience.
Often, people look to January as a time of energy and motivation for starting new habits and reinventing themselves. Generally, it comes right after a period of rest and relaxation, so goal-setters are prepared for a fresh start when the new year hits. In contrast, nonprofit professionals know that January represents a welcomed end to the hectic year-end fundraising season. It’s the finish line of the biggest fundraising push of the year, so when it’s been crossed, your team may be tired and even a little burnt out.