Starting a Nonprofit

Nonprofit Operations Manual Template

Today we tried to have a Nonprofit Ops brown bag lunch about creating an Nonprofit Operations Manual but no one showed up. I'm not sure if it is because this isn't an interesting topic or my poor advertising. Oh well--I did have quite a few people e-mail me and tell me they couldn't make it to the discussion and asked me to send them an Operations Manual template.

Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch-Operations Manual

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007.  Join us for an interactive Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussion about best practices for creating and maintaining an Operations Manual.

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!

What I'm learning about Fiscal Sponsorship for Nonprofits-Part 2

In continuation to my earlier post about Fiscal Sponsorship, here is additional information that I learned recently.

Projects and Organizations looking for a fiscal sponsor: 

1. The Foundation Center has a great fiscal sponsorship tutorial for anyone interested in learning more about fiscal sponsorship. 

2. The Community Resource Center in Colorado also has a great step-by-step explanation about fiscal sponsorship and the difference between the term "fiscal agent" and "fiscal sponsor."

Board Meeting Preparation

I am in the process of preparing for Aspiration's December board meeting. One thing I am working on is the Board Binder. This binder contains helpful information about Aspiration for the board members to keep and bring to each board meeting.

Contents include:

  1. Articles of Incorporation
  2. Bylaws
  3. Board Member job description
  4. Board Roster
  5. Organizational Chart/Programmatic Chart
  6. Organizational Policies/Conflict of interest policy
  7. Organizational promotional materials
  8. Donation Form

The board will also be able to store board meeting minutes from past meetings and other helpful information in the binder.


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