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How do I start a nonprofit organization?

Starting a nonprofit organization can be an inspiring way to give back to your community and help those in need. However, it is important to understand all of the steps involved in this process before moving forward. 

Topic(s) Starting a Nonprofit

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Where can I find examples of nonprofit budgets?

Nonprofits have different budgets for different needs. Although most of Foundation Center's budget resources are for proposal budgets, this article provide brief information about other budgeting tools, such as organizational operating budgets and cash flow forecasts.

Topic(s) Management Finances

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How do I write a proposal cover letter?

The cover letter often is your proposal's first chance to connect your project with the reader's philanthropic mission. It goes on top of a proposal, but it is not the same as an executive summary, which states your proposal's key points.

Topic(s) Proposal Writing

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What is a Foundation?

A foundation is a non-governmental entity that is established as a nonprofit corporation or a charitable trust, with a principal purpose of making grants to unrelated organizations, institutions, or individuals for scientific, educational, cultural, religious, or other charitable purposes.

Topic(s) Foundation Giving Government Giving

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How are nonprofits funded?

Individual donations, corporate contributions, foundation grants and fee for services are some of many sources of income for nonprofits. While opinion varies as to what a nonprofit's "ideal" mix is, utilizing several diverse sources to achieve sustainability is generally a good practice.

Topic(s) Fundraising Finances

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How can I get funding for my personal project?

Personal or independent projects -- for example, traveling overseas for a mission, attending summer camp, raising money for a specific person in need -- typically are not eligible to receive foundation grants. However, if your project is an artistic or research-related endeavor, or its primary purpose is to serve a larger audience and improve the community, you could consider fiscal sponsorship as a means to qualify for foundation grants.

Topic(s) Individual Giving Crowdfunding Support for Individual Grantseekers