Non-profit organizations Overview A non-profit organization is a group organized for purposes other than generating profit and in which no part of the organization's income is distributed to its members, directors, or officers. Non-profit corporations are often termed "non-stock corporations. Non-profit organizations must be designated as nonprofit when created and may only pursue purposes permitted by statutes for non-profit organizations.
Devolution by Keri Poeppe "Devolution" is a word used a great deal these days among nonprofit funders and leaders. Essentially devolution is the short-hand word for a strong trend of cutbacks in federal funding to nonprofits especially for programs such as welfare AFDC and certain SSI programs and the resulting changes in responsibility for administering such programs.
Legislation passed by the Congress reduces and in some cases eliminates a federal commitment to automatically provide assistance to the poor. Instead, blocks of funds usually in reduced levels will be passed through to states, allowing them to decide who will receive aid and who will not.
While devolution provides opportunity for more local control and possibly less bureaucratic waste, human services programs will be at great risk due to reduced federal and therefore state funding. Nonprofits which, on average, receive approximately 30 percent of their revenues from federal sources will suffer significant loss of funds which may be very difficult to replace.
Meanwhile, public demand for human services continues to increase. Devolution brings many challenges to nonprofit leaders. They must operate more effectively in the face of reduced funding.
They must consider substantial changes in the way they have operated. Concepts such as strategic alliances and restructuring will become commonplace. Fees and Fundraising by Keri Poeppe Fees Fees may be associated with these services and billed to either the person receiving the service e.
Unlike the private sector where the price of a product or service must cover all costs, nonprofit agencies rarely meet all their costs based upon sales and fees.
Instead nonprofits must engage in fundraising and seek additional revenue sources. It is important to note that while many nonprofits provide services that are valuable to our community, it is often difficult to measure the actual results of their services.
Nonetheless, nonprofits are challenged to demonstrate results as donors become more savvy and funding sources become increasingly limited.
Fundraising As noted above, nonprofit managers and the board of directors must engage in fundraising in order to meet the fiscal needs of their organization. Executive directors are constantly challenged to strike a balance between the time they devote to fundraising and program management. Too little attention to one area can leave an organization bereft of cash or quality services.
There are several basic sources of funding in the nonprofit sector. The first is a grant.
Grants may be given by government agencies, foundations or corporations, usually to operate a specific program. As noted earlier, agencies receiving government grants to operate human service programs base their reimbursement on fees for the services.
Grants from foundations or corporations are generally provided up front and require a report on program activities and expenditures at the end of the grant period. Nonprofit organizations will solicit individuals for funds, also. These are generally small donations, ideally from a large number of people.
Sizable gifts may come from individuals who are referred to as major donors. Cultivating relationships with major donors requires the energy and resourcefulness of the board and director. Many nonprofits will hold special events to raise dollars. These vary from bake sales to major events. Fundraising can be a full-time job or a full-time obsession for nonprofit executive directors.
Executive Directors are challenged to balance their time between raising money and program management. If too much time is spent on fundraising, programs and staff may not get the direction and coaching they need. Two factors will enhance fundraising efforts. One is good programs. Programs that are meeting important community needs and demonstrating results will sell themselves.
A board that is committed to its fundraising responsibilities will also be an asset to the organization. Board members who take their role in fundraising very seriously will promote the organization and help bring resources to it.
Foundations and corporations may choose specific issues or causes for priority in grantmaking. Leadership and Management At the heart of any successful nonprofit is an effective chief executive and board of directors.A nonprofit organization (NPO), also known as a non-business entity, not-for-profit organization, or nonprofit institution, is dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a .
The organization overview in a nonprofit job description shares key descriptors of the organization. It should include information that will help interested external candidates better assess their fit with the organization and better understand the organization's goals and beneficiaries.
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Start a nonprofit and apply for (c)(3) tax-exempt status online. Form a nonprofit organization with LegalZoom quickly and easily. Overview. A non-profit organization is a group organized for purposes other than generating profit and in which no part of the organization's income is distributed to its members, directors, or officers.