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How to improve your nonprofit operations in under two months!

<p class="MsoNormal">I had the opportunity to attend Tech Soup&rsquo;s Net Squared Conference in San Jose on May 30<sup>th</sup> and 31<sup>st </sup>2006.&nbsp; Aspiration&rsquo;s own Allen Gunn facilitated several sessions at the conference and I had the opportunity to learn a lot about Web 2.0 and all the exciting new things that nonprofits are and can do on the web <a href="http://www.netsquared.org/">www.netsquared.org</a>. </p>  <p class="MsoNormal">I also had the opportunity to lead a small Q &amp; A session during the Tips and Tricks part of the afternoon session titled <strong>&ldquo;How to improve your nonprofit operations in under two months.&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp; I came up for the title for my Q &amp; A session because I recently noticed a trend I take when I start working for an organization.&nbsp; I follow a sequence of steps during the first two months of working for an organization to improve its operations and ultimately save the organization MONEY. Its not that the organization is running their nonprofit poorly, its just the organization can do things to improve its operations, save the organization money, which in return will help it to better achieve its mission.&nbsp; </p>

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Teresa Crawford writes, "The long awaited eRiders.net is nearing completion.  We have done alot with the new site and I think you all will be happy with the mountains of new content we have added."

A couple Nonprofit Start Up Links

Here are a couple of nonprofit start-up links that I found on some of the listservs that I subscribe to.

  • The Things You Gotta' Do to Start a Nonprofit Organization. The Checklist Project of The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC).
    http://www.npccny.org/checklist.htm
  • "From Vision to Reality" A great book from Community Resource Exchange. Through worksheets, model documents and plain spoken explanations, this 250-page handbook will guide you on how to design an effective program, create a budget, raise money, form a board of directors, hire staff and take all the steps you need to launch a successful nonprofit.
    http://www.crenyc.org/
     
<p class="MsoNormal">(Originally posted on nyc@lists.ynpn.org, http://www.ynpnnyc.org/)<a href="http://www.rain.org/mailman/listinfo/nonprofit"></a></p>

A few nonprofit accounting tips

I am certainly not a CPA but here are a few nonprofit bookkeeping tips and advice I have learned along the way.

1.  I am very glad that I can enter my programmatic budgets into Quickbooks. First, I associate each program with a class in QB. For example, Aspiration's Field Community Building program is a class. Second, I associate each project within each program as a subclass. For example within the Field Community Building program there is the Penguin Day class.

2. I also designate in QB each Foundation that funds my organization as a customer:job. 

3. Furthermore, I use the Unified Nonprofit Chart of Accounts that the California Assocation of Nonprofits provides http://www.canonprofits.org/  

Nonprofit Office Space Searching Tips

A few years ago when I had the task of finding a new office space for my previous organization, I jumped into that process I wondering what steps do I take?  I forged ahead and learned as I went along. However, I am now going through that process again with my current organization and wanted to provide a few tips to make it easier for nonprofits who are also currently looking for office space.

1. I signed up for the Northern California Community Loan Fund's (NCCLF) www.ncclf.org Space Matching service. NCCLF sends out a monthly Space Matching e-mail that lists office space specifically for nonprofits and also nonprofits looking for office space in the Bay Area. Mary McNamara administers this list.  I have been very happy with this service and "found" two offices through the list that have come to fruition.

2. I contacted my commercial real estate broker.  A couple of years ago I found Dave Berry from GVA Whitney Cressman http://www.gvawhitneycressman.com/x379.xml through Craigslist.org.  He frequently works with nonprofits and he helped Compumentor to find their current space.

Great Nonprofit Communications Toolkit

I recently revised Aspiration's communications plan.  During this process I found Cause Communication's "Communications Toolkit: A guide to navigating communications for the nonprofit world" to be a very helpful resource. I ordered my free copy of the book/binder on Cause Communication's website. www.causecommunications.org

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