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The People Pages: Develop Your Nonprofit Idea

from The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition It makes sense to start a new organization if: The community, including program participants, volunteers, and the general public, demonstrates strong support for the organization in its preliminary stages You (as a group) are effective programmatically and administratively You have or will … Continue reading

The People Pages: Marketing Basics

From The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition Marketing is the art of bringing like-minded people together to achieve common goals.  In nonprofit organizations, these people include program participants, donors, and volunteers. Segmentation is the process of grouping people according to their demographics, interests, attitudes, motivation, social affiliations, and/or lifestyle.  … Continue reading

The People Pages: Fundraising Planning

from The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition The fundraising planning process ensures that your organization has substantial funding to meet its program and service goals.  A fundraising plan should be developed and put in writing at least once a year.  Because actual funding can vary greatly from that which … Continue reading

The People Pages: Elements of a Grant Proposal

from The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition Cover Letter – The cover letter should be one page long.  It introduces your organization and project to the foundation.  It should state the amount you are requesting and the specific purpose of the proposal. Introduction or Executive Summary – This is … Continue reading

The People Pages: Planning to Achieve Your Goals

from The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition Goals are used to guide an organization’s activities and gauge its progress toward its vision and mission.  Goal setting is an integral part of every planning process.  They should be set and monitored in just about every area of operations including programs … Continue reading

The People Pages: Proposal Writing Tips

from The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition Before starting your proposal… Develop a relationship with the funder.  Call the foundation and pitch your idea before preparing a proposal.  You may get important feedback about their priorities and clarify any misunderstandings. Read the guidelines very carefully.  Follow the format they … Continue reading

The People Pages: Nonprofit Basics

from The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition Nonprofit organizations (are) … Usually formed by a group of people organized to solve a problem or fill a need Benefit the public at large or its members Business entities that are usually incorporated in their state of origin Not owned by … Continue reading

20 Questions: Starting a Nonprofit

What specific needs will this organization address? How has the need for this organization been discovered and documented? How will specific community needs be identified and explored? What is my motivation for starting this organization? How does this organization connect with my personal and professional goals? How does this organization fit in with the programs … Continue reading

The People Pages: Types of Charitable Gifts

from The People Pages: Resources for Social Change (c) 2003 The Fruition Coalition Types of donations, or charitable gifts, include: Liquid assets –may be in the form of cash, check, money order, or securities Grants – these are foundation gifts that do not need to be repaid.  Types of grants include: General Operating Support Program … Continue reading