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Where should we incorporate our nonprofit?

Pick a state your nonprofit is connected to, either by its work, where it's board members live or where it raises money. If you don't have any particular connection, you might bypass states like California and New York that heavily regulate nonprofits.

Topic(s) Starting a Nonprofit

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Where can I learn more about hiring a consultant?

Hiring a consultant is like hiring an employee. You need to match what you want with the skills and experience on offer, check references and figure out how much to pay. These suggested guides can help you find pro bono and in-kind consulting help, too.

Topic(s) Consultants

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Where can I learn more about nonprofit audits?

Sometimes federal and state agencies and/or grantmaking foundations require nonprofits to provide audited financial statements. And sometimes nonprofits choose to undergo an audit to reassure supporters, board members, and other stakeholders that they are financially sound. For smaller nonprofits, a financial review is often enough to satisfy a funder.

Topic(s) Trust & Transparency Finances

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Where can I search for NGOs online?

NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are present in nearly every country around the globe and work to address social issues.

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Where can I learn about nonprofit mission statements?

The mission statement communicates the nonprofit's purpose, what groups it serves, and how it plans to do so. For a new nonprofit, developing the mission statement is a critical first step in defining what the organization plans to do and what makes it different from other organizations in the same field.

Topic(s) Starting a Nonprofit

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Where can I learn more about fundraising planning?

Foundation grants account for only a small percentage of the overall funding picture in the nonprofit world. It is therefore essential for nonprofit organizations to investigate and incorporate a variety of potential revenue sources. This process is known as fundraising planning.

Topic(s) Fundraising Planning

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Where can I find training in fundraising?

Foundation Center offers free and fee-based training courses on fundraising and management. We have courses to fit your schedule: in-person classes, live or recorded webinars, and anytime self-paced eLearning courses.

Topic(s) Fundraising

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Where can I learn about ethics in fundraising?

Successfully raising funds and donations from private institutions, government or individuals requires a certain amount of experience and skill, not the least of which is a firm understanding, and a consistent practice of, raising funds in a responsible ethical manner.

Topic(s) Fundraising Trust & Transparency

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Where can I learn about executive transitions in nonprofits?

One of the most important responsibilities for nonprofit boards is selecting the organization's next executive director. The search and transition can be complex, and both generally require careful planning, well before a planned-or unplanned-departure occurs.

Topic(s) Management