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From Passion to Execution: How to Start and Grow an Effective Nonprofit Organization

Book Description

Transform your vision and passion into positive change as you learn how to effectively start, grow, and lead a nonprofit organization with this practical, inspiring guide. FROM PASSION TO EXECUTION: HOW TO START AND GROW AN EFFECTIVE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION weaves meaningful, real examples and insights, based on the author's extensive experience, into a high-energy, powerful presentation that equips you with the confidence to follow your dream of starting an organization that will impact others. This reader-friendly book provides specific how-to steps to start a nonprofit organization with a focus on long-term sustainability. The author shows you how to set the ground work, from exploring your personal passion and effectively articulating a mission statement to building a solid board. You also learn how to communicate vision, design programs, and ignite volunteers. The book then teaches you how to build on this foundation by assembling the right business team, crafting a strategic plan, seeking supporters, and navigating differing personalities as the organization grows. Finally, you learn to assess results and adjust plans to effectively manage and continue to lead a flourishing organization. Discover the insights you need to transform you vision into positive change as FROM PASSION TO EXECUTION: HOW TO START AND GROW AN EFFECTIVE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION provides first-hand direction for building and sustaining a successful non-profit organization with the power to inspire change.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contributors
  7. Contents
  8. Introduction
  9. Part 1 Catch the Vision
    1. Chapter 1 Passion, Possibilities, and Purpose: Gifts of Nonprofit Organizations
    2. Chapter 2 Doing the Research: Testing Your Ideas
    3. Chapter 3 Key Ingredients for Starting a Nonprofit Organization
    4. Chapter 4 Knowing When to Partner
      1. Joining Forces
      2. Benefits of Partnering
  10. Part 2 Building the Foundation
    1. Chapter 5 Assembling a Productive Volunteer Board
      1. Mission and Vision
      2. Chief Executive
      3. Goals and Fundraising
    2. Chapter 6 What’s the Big Deal about Bylaws?
      1. A Closer Look at Board Governance
    3. Chapter 7 Board Agreements, Training, and Meetings
      1. Board Orientation
      2. Recipe for Success
      3. Ongoing Orientation
      4. Training Materials
      5. Trainers
      6. Mentors
      7. Continuing Education
      8. Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes
      9. Minutes
  11. Part 3 Getting and Staying Legal
    1. Chapter 8 Applying for Incorporation
      1. Completing the IRS Forms
      2. Mailing Address
      3. Filing Fee
    2. Chapter 9 The Ins and Outs of 501(c)(3) Status
      1. Additional Filing Requirements
      2. Record Keeping
      3. Other Legal Landmines
    3. Chapter 10 Dealing with Insurance and Liabilities
      1. Statutory
      2. Contractual
      3. Liabilities
    4. Chapter 11 Hiring: Finding the Right Talent for the Job
      1. Background Checks
      2. Salaries
      3. Benefits
      4. Schedules
      5. Contract Employees and Volunteers
    5. Chapter 12 Nonprofit Accounting
      1. Responsibilities
      2. General Policies
      3. Budgets
      4. Board Approval
      5. Variances, Remedies, and Contingencies
      6. Choosing Accounting Software
      7. Accounting Policies and Procedures
      8. Grant Proposals and Reports
      9. Financials
      10. OMB Circulars
      11. Audit (It’s Just a Five-Letter Word)
      12. Other Audits
      13. Sarbanes-Oxley Act
      14. IRS Form 990
      15. Bottom Line
    6. Chapter 13 An Overview of Report Types
      1. Accounting Reports
      2. Development Reports
      3. Programmatic Reports
      4. Management Reports
  12. Part 4 Putting Your Ideas to Work
    1. Chapter 14 Program Planning
      1. Program Planning: A How-To
      2. Strategic Programming
      3. Creating a Successful Program
    2. Chapter 15 Managing a Volunteer Corps
      1. Building a Volunteer Corps: Calling in the Cavalry
      2. Making the Pitch: Recruiting a Team of Loyal Supporters
      3. The Application & Selection Process
      4. Maintaining the Volunteer Program
      5. The Anatomy of a Volunteer
      6. Sending Out the Troops: Volunteers Ready to Serve
    3. Chapter 16 Assessing Your Programs: What Does the Public Really Think?
      1. Direct Feedback
      2. Comment Cards
      3. Survey Forms
      4. Online Feedback
      5. Focus Groups
      6. It’s a Wrap
  13. Part 5 Funding Your Work
    1. Chapter 17 Designing a Sustainable Funding Plan
      1. Integrated Resource Development
      2. Methods for Acquiring Money
      3. Timing Is Everything
      4. Staying the Course: An Implementation Process
      5. A Few Parting Words from Our Expert
  14. Part 6 Communication: Telling Your Story
    1. Chapter 18 Communicating with Your Audiences
      1. Donors
      2. Prospects
      3. Members
      4. Program Participants
      5. Board Members
      6. Staff
      7. Volunteers
      8. Community
    2. Chapter 19 Delivering the Message
      1. Public Relations
      2. Direct Mail
      3. Newsletters
      4. Social Media
      5. Annual Report
      6. Grant Reports
      7. Notes, Cards, and Letters
      8. Personal vs. Public Recognition
    3. Chapter 20 Agility: Making Adjustments
  15. Appendix Filing Information
    1. Articles of Incorporation
    2. IRS Form SS-4: Application for Employer Identification Number
    3. To Obtain 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status
    4. ALABAMA
    5. ALASKA
    6. ARIZONA
    7. ARKANSAS
    8. CALIFORNIA
    9. COLORADO
    10. CONNECTICUT
    11. DELAWARE
    12. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    13. FLORIDA
    14. GEORGIA
    15. HAWAII
    16. IDAHO
    17. ILLINOIS
    18. INDIANA
    19. IOWA
    20. KANSAS
    21. KENTUCKY
    22. LOUISIANA
    23. MAINE
    24. MARYLAND
    25. MASSACHUSETTS
    26. MICHIGAN
    27. MINNESOTA
    28. MISSISSIPPI
    29. MISSOURI
    30. MONTANA
    31. NEBRASKA
    32. NEVADA
    33. NEW HAMPSHIRE
    34. NEW JERSEY
    35. NEW MEXICO
    36. NEW YORK
    37. NORTH CAROLINA
    38. NORTH DAKOTA
    39. OHIO
    40. OKLAHOMA
    41. OREGON
    42. PENNSYLVANIA
    43. RHODE ISLAND
    44. SOUTH CAROLINA
    45. SOUTH DAKOTA
    46. TENNESSEE
    47. TEXAS
    48. UTAH
    49. VERMONT
    50. VIRGINIA
    51. WASHINGTON
    52. WEST VIRGINIA
    53. WISCONSIN
    54. WYOMING
  16. Index