Free ebook: 10-Point Checklist for a Successful Outdoor Fundraiser

By Julianne | August 26, 2022

Chapters: Permits Food Laws Weather First Responders Equipment Garbage Utilities Volunteers Signage Sponsors

For nonprofits: What is a Donor Advised Fund and What am I to do with it?

By Julianne | April 4, 2022

Donor Advised Funds are a tool set up at a Community Foundation or a commercial vendor such as Schwab, Vanguard, Fidelity, and now Edward Jones.  A donor deposits an asset into the Donor Advised Fund (DAF), receives an immediate tax benefit, and grants it to eligible nonprofits at their leisure.   In some ways, DAFs […]

Are you on the re-opening team?

By Julianne | May 14, 2020

A question to nonprofits: is your county getting ready to re-open from a stay-at-home order?  Are your local government officials putting together an advisory team?  Is someone on that team representing the interests of nonprofits? If not, I recommend that you reach out and add that seat to the team because: We nonprofits are the […]

Ditch the elevator speech and try a word-of-the-month

By Julianne | May 10, 2020

I run a nonprofit and it’s difficult to briefly explain what we do.  In my early days here I took the advice of the big brains of the nonprofit world and worked with our board to develop an elevator speech that they can deliver at a moment’s notice when encountering the public.  “Elevator speech” is […]

Free resource for writer’s block

By Julianne | May 5, 2020

Many of us in charge of writing and communicating on behalf of our nonprofits often have writer’s block.  If you’ve been at your nonprofit for years, it can feel like you have nothing new to write about – that you keep repeating the same message over and over.  But since it take donors and the […]

Webinar: Friday, April 3rd, Noon Central time

By Julianne | April 2, 2020

We are excited to be participating in a FREE webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, at noon Central time.  During our segment we’ll be talking about fundraising and our favorite fundraising – one-on-one donor relations!  Thanks to Sally Rutledge Ott of Ottsie for putting this webinar together!   501c3 Nonprofit Organization Webinar – NO COST […]

Exercise: What do you want your audiences to Think, Feel, and Do?

By Julianne | April 2, 2020

Years ago I attended a workshop where a marketing expert shared this handy dandy project to get you started on a marketing plan – and I’ve used it ever since! Everything we do here at NPBB is cyclical – there’s not much that’s a straight line.  This exercise is one of those.  You can use […]

Pandemic response: What you can do today

By Julianne | March 16, 2020

I know many of you nonprofits are up to your eyeballs with work and response, but for everyone else, here are a few things you can do today: a. Contact your county Emergency Management Agency and give them details of what your organization is doing (or not able to do) for the public/clients; b. Contact […]

Do you know Tom?

By Julianne | January 4, 2018

Every community has a Tom. He’s a successful businessman. Belongs to all the service clubs. Dotes on his grandchildren. You see him volunteering everywhere.  He serves on a half dozen nonprofit boards.  You wonder when he sleeps. Yet you’ll never see Tom typing board minutes or writing a newsletter…and that’s okay. Tom’s a big thinker […]

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