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Silent Auctions: A How-To Guide For Raising More Money

Silent auctions have been a staple of event fundraising for years, and for good reason. They’re highly engaging events that require plenty of audience participation and have the potential to help organizations raise a lot of money. This article covers 5 strategies to get you on your way to silent auction success.

The ABC's Of Forming Your 501(c)(3)

Starting your own nonprofit is exciting, but navigating state and IRS requirements is a significant challenge. Despite these challenges, the journey to creating a 501(c)(3) to serve an unmet need is well worth the investment.

4 Best Practices For Spicing Up The Need Section With Data

Most people don’t think of data as “spicy,” or of adding any real interest. But actual data, sprinkled sparingly in appropriate places, can be extremely effective in driving home an important point. Backing up your assertions of need with carefully selected facts demonstrates to the funder that you’ve done your homework. Read four best practices for sprinkling the spice of data into your foundation proposal recipes.

The Key To Great Year-End Fundraising? Your Brand.

August is a great time to take a step back and plan ahead for year-end fundraising season. Dan Gunderman, Creative Director, at Big Duck shares why it is important to connect the season of giving to your overall organization.

Donors Don’t Want Their Gifts Spent On Overhead … Or Do They?

“Overhead” can be a dirty word in nonprofit circles. The common belief is that many – if not most – donors don’t want their donations used for anything other than supporting the mission of the organization. So, is it myth or fact? This post shares research from GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator about what is important to donors.

Is the IRS Form 1023-EZ Too EZ?

Chuck McLean, a founding employee of GuideStar shares issues that have been raised by the new IRS Form 1023-EZ application for tax-exempt status, which allows some organizations with annual receipts of $50,000 or less to apply on-line using a much simpler form and process than that required by Form 1023.

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