Three Myths About Non-Profit Websites

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I firmly believe your website is the most important communication tool in your toolbox. Why? Because it is often the first thing donors, the community, your clients, and volunteers see before even meeting you. As a millennial, the first thing I do before getting involved with a non-profit is to Google them. If I can’t find you in the search or your website looks out-of-date or I can’t find the information I’m looking for, I move on. Occasionally, I will donate to a cause at an event, but that’s pretty rare. Despite the importance of having a easy-to-use, informative website,
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Creating Non-Profit Programs, Not Activities

I think non-profits are formed from one of two thoughts. You might say “we need to be doing ‘insert something specific’ for ‘insert specific group.’” An example might be, we need to provide school supplies to low-income students. Or you might see a problem and just generally think “someone should be doing something about that.” An example might be walking in an area and seeing a number of homeless people and thinking “someone should be doing something about homelessness.” Both that vague “something” and “providing school supplies” are considered non-profit programming. Basically it’s the “something” a non-profit does to solve
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Pursue Your Values

  I don’t work for a museum and that’s okay. I sat on this piece for months as I don’t want to give the impression that I don’t want to work for museums. In fact, after two years of graduate school (preceded by 6 years of volunteer work) and years of working for museums, I miss museums. I miss interacting with the public, the opportunities to be creative, and the ways in which museums impact the lives of its visitors. There’s a few reasons why I’m not currently working for a museums.  I’m limited by my partner’s career as he can only practice law in a
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Can a Non-Profit be Your Side Hustle?

As a millennial, I’ve heard and seen the term “side hustle” more times than I care to count. Side hustles are all the rage for young people (or really anyone) trying to make a little extra cash. Personally, I’m on the fence about this term. While I’m the kind of person who always has something extra going on in her life (running a non-profit, starting a blog, thinking about launching an Etsy shop), I also think that the reason so many millennials have side hustles is because the economy was not so great when we were coming of age. So
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What the Heck is a Strategic Plan and Why Does My Non-Profit Need One?

After you’ve created your mission statement, you need to shift your focus to the implementation of your mission. To do that, you will make a strategic plan. Writing a strategic plan for your non-profit is a huge (read: yuuuuuge) part of the start-up process. I choose to focus on it early on to help you avoid annoyance later on down the line when you realize you’ve gone way off mission or don’t know what the heck is going on with your programming. Trust me, this happens and it’s not pretty. You don’t HAVE to follow every single one of these
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Impostor Syndrome and the Entrepreneur

This next post was supposed to be part of my series detailing the steps needed to start your own non-profit – particularly looking at the strategic planning side of things. (I’ll be back to that in my next post). But recently, I’ve been caught up in something many entrepreneurs experience, especially women – impostor syndrome. This “syndrome” has been making news lately, so it’s likely you’ve heard the term before, but for anyone who has not come across the term yet, basically it applies to anyone who experiences fear of being found out as a “fraud.” Usually these folks are
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Create a Non-Profit Mission Statement

Follow my blog with Bloglovin These days nearly every small business and non-profit has a mission statement. Even the biggest tech giants like Facebook and Google have mission statements. So what’s the deal with mission statements and why are they important? What is a mission statement? A mission statement is the guiding principle of your organization. It is also part of your branding – a key part that will help your staff and volunteers communicate the purpose of your organization while at the same time distinguishing your organization from others. If you’re looking for a formal definition, Top Nonprofits defines
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Steps to Starting a Non-Profit

Looking back to when I started my first non-profit, Super Heroines, Etc., I was terrified. It seemed like there were so many rules and possibly even more paperwork. I really just wanted us to be more organized, but the amount of steps and things to consider seemed beyond what a small team of passionate, but busy board members could tackle. That’s when I did thorough reviews of all the information I could find. Some resources were better than others, but what helped me wrap my head around the information was that the steps were essentially the same across the board.
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8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Non-Profit

When you come up with your idea for a non-profit, it’s usually because you are passionately interested in making some sort of social change. You’re probably incredibly excited about your idea and more than likely it will change your community for the better. Before you start this magical journey, it is important to ask yourself a few questions. Not only do you want to know if this idea is feasible, but you also want to know if the non-profit life is for you. Take a few minutes and ask yourself these questions OR better yet, download the PDF which guides
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Starting My First Non-Profit

Hello! Welcome to Noe Ideas. It’s so good to have you here. If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely that you’re interested in starting your own non-profit or have recently started a non-profit and could use some help, inspiration, advice, or a shoulder to cry on. Starting a non-profit is a beautiful adventure, but there are definitely bumps along the way and it’s my mission to make that adventure just a little smoother. If you’re starting a non-profit or have just started one, there is some reason why. If not, turn back now because the IRS paperwork is rough. But
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