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How to Protect Your Nonprofit's Reputation by Tracey Clayton — last modified May 25, 2018 04:00 PM
In this modern day and age, information is easily obtainable over the Internet. This plays a vital role for anyone who wants to build and maintain a good reputation in the online world. Your actions will speak on your behalf and people will decide whether to relate to what you're doing or not. This is especially true for nonprofit organizations. The main reason is that they use their good name and reputation to ensure support and funding from people who relate to their cause. If you do anything to ruin that reputation, you will lose supporters and you won't be able to achieve your goal. No matter how noble your cause is, people are still cautious when it comes to donating funds or supporting your cause. It's not really a surprise, as there are those who are willing to cheat and con people into donating to something they believe is good, but it turns out to be a scam in the end. If you want your nonprofit organization to be successful, you have to build a good reputation and protect it at all times. Here are a few ways you can achieve that.
Data protection and GDPR by Cass CCE — last modified May 25, 2018 10:20 AM
Data protection law reform came with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect from 25 May 2018.
How to comply with GDPR by Myles Kunzli — last modified May 25, 2018 09:54 AM
Every organisation that processes personal data should be compliant with GDPR but getting to grips with GDPR can be daunting and it can be difficult to know where to start. This 12-point plan, adapted from the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) guidance, is here to help you take the right steps.
How to Write Successful Content for Your Blog Using Seasonality by Christina Battons — last modified May 22, 2018 02:45 PM
Content is very important in any marketing strategy. Is content any less important nowadays than it was, say 20 years ago? If anything, it has developed into a more crucial issue with the expansion of what web content constitutes. What was once an expression associated with email lists and flashy web pages has opened up to a wide range of things like podcasts, videos, social media posts, slideshows, comics, etc. – pretty much anything that comes to mind has its place in content marketing. It is amazing to see what we’ve created. According to statistics from Orbit Media Studios, updating old blog content can boost results to around 74%. Moreover, according to Kapost, unlike paid searches, content marketing generates three times the leads per dollar. From these statistics, you can see that content is king . Therefore, with this in mind, how do you begin to make yours more successful in attracting more people, particularly in this ultra-competitive world?
Mergers by Jack Garfinkel — last modified May 22, 2018 11:52 AM
A guide to the different reasons for merging and types of organisation merger.
Developing and using a theory of change by Rob Brennan — last modified May 21, 2018 01:47 PM
How NCVO developed its theory of change, and what we did with it next.
Safeguarding by Greg L — last modified May 18, 2018 04:22 PM
Guidance on writing a safeguarding policy
How to create a marketing plan by member25103 — last modified May 18, 2018 03:31 PM
Step by step guide to writing a marketing plan for your non profit.
How to Start Your Own Nonprofit Organization by Chris Richardson — last modified May 18, 2018 12:21 PM
Are you passionate about improving your community? Do you desire to make a difference in your community and the world at large? If so, then starting a nonprofit could be the solution to your desire.“If you have a desire to uplift and make a difference in your community, venture into something that will address your community’s needs and concerns”, - advises John Ludovic, a community mobilizer.  A nonprofit organization is not meant to make profits as the name suggests. This implies that any profits accruing from it are not shared among members of the organization. A non-profit organization is run like any other business in that there are rules, organizational processes, and laws that must be adhered to. The National Center for Charitable Statistics shows that the number of registered nonprofits in the US is more than 1 million.Among the registered nonprofit organizations are community charities, private organization, and other types of nonprofit societies. Although your nonprofit might have staffs, the revenue that is left is used mainly for supporting the aim for which the nonprofit was founded. When you decide to form your own non-profit organization, you must understand that every state has its own factors to be taken into account when starting one. Each state differs in the way they register nonprofit corporations so it is imperative to seek advice from the right office, get the right registration documents, and ensure to adhere to the state’s rules and regulations. Before we go further, you should first ask yourself these questions: Are there other organizations doing the same work as you intend to do in your community? You can get the answer to this by doing some research in your community. What kind of programs and services will your nonprofit provide your community with? What does it take to have your nonprofit up and running Will you need employees or volunteers? Are you aware of the laws governing non-profits in your state? Have you ever worked for any similar nonprofits similar to the one you want to start before? Having clear answers to the above questions will give you a smooth sailing of your process of forming your own nonprofit organization. In this post, we will help you with what you should do when you want to start your own nonprofit organization. But before that, let’s find out what a nonprofit organization is. What is a Nonprofit Organization? A Nonprofit organization is an association, a charity, a cooperative or a voluntary organization that is formed to provide programs and services that help to further cultural, educational, religious and professional objectives. A nonprofit’s funds are provided by its founders, trustees and other interested parties but no funds are repaid back to the contributors. The extra profit obtained is cycled back to the organization to further achieve its mission. If you are passionate about starting your own nonprofit, follow these steps below.
How to use your evaluation findings to improve your work by Rob Brennan — last modified May 18, 2018 12:20 PM
Evaluating projects, programmes – or even the work of your whole organisation – can be a transformational step in making sure the work you do is of the highest quality, making it as effective as possible, based on robust evidence. Without a focus on improvement and learning, evaluation becomes a tick-box exercise; something that has to be done to please someone else. Used effectively, your findings can shape the work you do in the future and focus attention on how to achieve your intended outcomes and impact. In short, it can bring you closer to realising the change your organisation wants to see. 
Merging infrastructure organisations to ensure sustainability by Rob Brennan — last modified May 18, 2018 12:04 PM
By Tracy Rudling, CEO of Community 360. Two neighbouring infrastructure organisations in Essex and a training provider merge and create Community 360, a more sustainable organisation able to serve local communities more effectively and efficiently.
Merging Staffordshire infrastructure organisations to ensure sustainability by Rob Brennan — last modified May 18, 2018 12:02 PM
By Garry Jones, CEO of Support Staffordsire. In January 2015, six district councils for voluntary service (CVS) merged to become Support Staffordshire. They were joined in October 2017 by the seventh and only remaining district CVS. Support Staffordshire has since re-secured investment from its county council, maintained local district relationships, seen an upsurge in membership, held onto local presence, and employs more than 60 people and turns over around £1.5m per year.
Studyzone FAQs by Luke Chaput de Saintonge — last modified May 18, 2018 10:47 AM
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about Studyzone. If your question is not on this list, please email us at studyzone@knowhownonprofit.org.
How to know when to upgrade your phone system by Paul Simpson — last modified May 18, 2018 09:40 AM
Keeping up with technology can be a key factor in running a successful workplace and this includes phone systems. If you haven’t upgraded your system within the last five years, there’s a chance that you’re missing out on some key benefits. It’s not always clear when the right time to change your system is, so here are six signs your organisation could benefit from an upgrade:
PEST analysis template by Greg L — last modified May 17, 2018 04:13 PM
A PEST analysis template
Legal compliance checklist by Rob Brennan — last modified May 16, 2018 04:04 PM
This document contains a list of legal aspects that need to be covered by most voluntary organisations.
Trustee disqualification by Paul Simpson — last modified May 16, 2018 01:53 PM
Guidance about the rules on the automatic disqualification of trustees and senior managers.
Declaration of eligibility to act by Greg L — last modified May 16, 2018 01:08 PM
Sample declaration of eligibility to act.
How to use Lean startup approaches in your organisation by Chloe Darke — last modified May 16, 2018 01:03 PM
You may have heard people talking about using ‘Lean startup’ approaches or being ‘Lean’. What is being ‘Lean’, and is ‘Lean startup’ only for startups? Being ‘Lean’ means an organisation focuses only on the things that deliver the greatest value to their customers or service users and tries to eliminate other ‘waste’. The idea began in the Japanese manufacturing industry as a way of minimising waste in factory production processes, and was called ‘ Lean manufacturing ’. But since then, startup technology businesses adapted the principles to find new ways to build digital products and services and called this ‘ Lean startup ’. Tips for 'Lean' working Here are tips for applying Lean startup approaches to develop digital products and services in your organisation:
Your digital technology by W Editor — last modified May 16, 2018 11:51 AM
Technology is now an integral part of the work of any charity. This page covers the main topics you need to consider across the work of your organisation.
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