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Big Fish in the Little Pond: How to Make Nonprofits Thrive in Small Towns

Nonprofits in small towns play by a little different rules. While a tighter-knit community and lower cost of living usually work to a their benefit, they often have to be more creative to overcome limitations.

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[MCON 2015] The Problem With Nonprofits ‘Non-Yesterday’

There is a problem with nonprofits today. Or as Eric Weinheimer might say, there is a problem with nonprofits “non-yesterday, non-tomorrow.” (a.k.a. today) Could something as simple as the title of our sector be crippling industry growth? As Weinheimer, the CEO of Donors Forum, explained, the term nonprofit is “inaccurate, it’s not who we are….


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[MCON 2015] Lessons from MCON via Twitter

A lot of successful, driven people sharing stories about how they are changing the world at MCON 2015. Here are some of the more poignant thoughts shared during the two-day conference.

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How Nonprofits Can Tackle a Marathon

As I slowly recover to walking without a hobble, here are some lessons I learned from running a marathon that you can apply to your nonprofit life.


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Lessons Learned from Starting a Nonprofit in 2015

Starting a nonprofit can be a tricky task to accomplish. We opened our doors in January, so here’s what I learned from starting a nonprofit in 2015.

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Starting a Nonprofit: The Importance of Developing a Business Plan

Many nonprofits start out on a wing and a prayer but without a legit business plan. Just because an organization is labeled a “nonprofit,” that doesn’t exempt it from operating like a business


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Lessons Learned in the First Year of My Social Venture

Today marks the one year anniversary of the launch of my own social venture. Here’s a completely candid accounting of where that journey has taken me. Saddle up, because it’s a wild ride full of the ups and downs that you would expect with the launch of any venture.

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Starting a Nonprofit: Know Your Financial Landscape

As much as I’d love to tell you the money will just take care of itself, that’s a pipe dream—you need to have a solid financial plan from the get-go.


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Starting a Nonprofit: Have a Volunteer Plan in Place

Get a solid volunteer plan in place right away. If you have a good idea, community members will be willing to help out not just financially, but also with sweat equity.

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Starting a Nonprofit: How to Strategically Plan Your Announcement

Marketing is an essential part of building your brand. Your marketing strategy communicates what your mission is and how you want to impact the world.