Create your programs and services to define how your nonprofit will serve your target communities. The most effective nonprofits have clear missions that target a specific need in their community through a vetted program strategy. Craft concise mission and vision statements that guide their organization to program success.
Learn more about the three primary types of nonprofit funders (Government, Corporate and Foundation) and how to find available funding. Identify funders in each category and the specific knowledge you need to succeed with different types of funding requests.
Enter into the world of grants, writing grant proposals and getting ready to apply for funding. Learn the basic types of grant inquiries and how to write persuasive narratives. Meet funding deadlines by budgeting your application writing time and developing application templates.
Go beyond grant writing and learn about the different ways you can get financial support for your organization. Learn how to approach prospective donors, develop public-facing fundraising materials, and hold events tailored to your nonprofit’s needs and strategies.
Once you have identified your sources of income, you can put together your expenses to create your organization’s budget. This budget will include all program and operating expenses and will identify sources of funding for each. Cut inefficiencies and proactively prevent misuse of funds.
Define the costs associated with each program under the grants you apply to. Maintain separate program budgets to ensure program-specific grants are only going to their designated program. Learn how to apply for and manage program grants while maintaining funder relationships.
Take a deeper dive into financial reporting and how to create and read crucial reports including Statement of Activity and Statement of Financial Position. Learn the forms your nonprofit needs to file with the IRS and how to ensure your organization remains financially solvent in the long term. Take proactive steps to ensure your nonprofit avoids common pitfalls of financial mismanagement.
Learn the basics of using QuickBooks to manage your finances. Add all your expenses and income to one centralized management platform that will keep track of everything. Prepare yourself for audits and ensure financial regulatory compliance across your operations.
Project Management and Communications
Discuss how to manage your funding activities and work with your team to ensure a consistent flow of funding. Take steps to avoid stoppage in programming by building up a funding reserve capable of supporting your organization for several months with no outside support.
Board of Directors
Develop a strong board of directors with diverse skills and backgrounds that contribute to your organizational mission. Carefully consider the communities affected by your work and create a board that adequately represents all stakeholders. Include a wide variety of expertise and perspectives that will ensure long-term organizational health.
Social Media, Marketing, and Website Development
Create a social media marketing presence and a website to get your nonprofit noticed! Develop eye-catching marketing materials that attract the people you want to work with. Work with web design professionals to create an online portal where interested people can learn how to get involved with your important work.