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Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

This week I'm hosting the blog Carnval of Nonprofit Consultants. Thanks for all who posted great advice that us nonprofits can really use! 

1. Jeff Brooks of the Donor Power Blog in his post explains how nonprofits need to ask donors what their (donor) interests are.

Fundraising for your Nonprofit

Aspiration's leadership team met a couple of days ago to discuss and update our fundraising strategy for the year. We divided the meeting into three fundraising strategy areas.

1. Individual Donors

2. Corporate Funding/Events Sponsorship

3. Foundation Funding

We are following a different strategy for each fundraising area. If you are new to fundraising or need a refresher course, here's a brief description of each fundraising area.

1. Individual Donors:

Find a Fiscal Sponsor Here!

Last night I facilitated, "Starting a Nonprofit" group at the Craigslist Foundation nonprofit night. As we were discussing fiscal sponsorship options for start-up organizations, I said, "there are very few organizations who provide fiscal sponsorship."

Please prove me wrong!

How to secure a venue for a nonprofit event

Aspiration is planning a plethora of events right now so I am in the process of securing event venues right and left.

Here are the steps we take to research and secure a venue for an Aspiration run event.

1. Create a budget for the event with venue costs per-day included as a line item.

2. Estimate number of event attendees and how many plenary and breakout rooms are needed for the event.

3. Determine estimated date and time of the event and event location--city. 

Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch-All Things Technology

Thursday, April 5, 2007: We'll be meeting at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in DC to discuss nonprofit operations in all things related to technology: This includes but not limited to:

Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch-Nonprofit Compensation Plans

Wednesday, March 7, 2007:  Join us for an interactive Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussion about best practices for Nonprofit Compensation Plans.

Check out the Nonprofit Operations wiki where notes from the brown bag lunch discussion will be posted immediately following the event.

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