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Nonprofit Kit For Dummies by [Hutton, Stan, Phillips, Frances]
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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Recruit and work with board members, staff, and volunteers
  • Get the word out through social media
  • Maintain your status as a 501(c)(3)

More than 100 documents to help you run your nonprofit

The latest tips and techniques to help your nonprofit thrive

Need the latest information and practical advice on running a successful nonprofit? This friendly, easy-to-follow guide gives you everything you need to start and manage a charitable organization, from applying for your tax exemption to raising money to pay for your programs, and everything in between. Plus, you'll get expert guidance on how your nonprofit can survive (and thrive) in any economic climate.

  • Set the stage for your nonprofit — establish your undertaking, write a winning mission statement, incorporate and apply for a tax exemption, and safeguard your nonprofit status
  • Put your players in place — build your board of directors, find volunteers, and hire and manage paid staff
  • Focus on the finances — make a budget for programs, project cash flow, prepare financial statements, and manage money systems
  • Bring in the bucks — raise money by approaching people you know, branching out with special events, applying to foundations, and considering government grants
  • Go after grants — find grant givers, write a proposal, and make the pitch

Open the book and find:

  • Advice for raising money online
  • Tips on setting achievable goals
  • Instructions on applying for grants
  • Advice on adapting in hard times
  • Timelines for putting on special events
  • Strategies for writing a winning mission statement
  • Hints for marketing the good work of your organization
  • Details on evaluating your progress toward your goals

Bonus CD Includes

More than 100 forms and documents to get your nonprofit up and running

Please see the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

About the Author

Stan Hutton is a senior program officer for the Clarence E. Heller Foundation. Frances N. Phillips teaches grant writing at San Francisco State University and serves on several nonprofit boards.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1379 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (November 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFB45YC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 15, 2014
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While I usually review CDs and DVDs as well as entertainment related books here on Amazon, in my major occupation, I am a CPA with over 40 years of work in the Nonprofit field. I am also Treasurer of a Nonprofit so I feel qualified to provide an accurate review of this book. This particular volume was sent to me by Amazon as part of their “Vine Reviewer” program.

The “Dummies” series has sure grown since 1991 when Dan Gookin authored “DOS for Dummies”. There are now over 1800 (!) “… for Dummies” titles.

This particular volume is the 4th Edition , publioshed in early 2014. It’s not clear what parts have been updated or revised.
The authors - a Senior Program Officer for a Foundation and a grant writing instructer at San Francisco Stare University – do a really nice job of covering a wide area of subjection – such as financial reporting, fund raising and maintaining running board and comkittee meetings (as well as taking minutes) for those who are involved in currently existing non-profit. There is a section on start ups as well.

The really useful tool is the enclosed CD-ROM with lots of helpful files and templates – keyed to the 21 chapters in this 366-page softbound volume.

This is not the “only” book you will need to start and run a non-profit (there are other books -mostly by competing publisher NOLO Press – that go into more details on Fund Raising, Financial Reporting and even starting a new tax-exempt organization, but this one is easy to read for the “lay person” and well organized. I’d recommend it.

Steve Ramm

Steven I. Ramm CPA
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I can't imagine a book that could provide any more FACTS about starting a non-profit. It is not an easy endeavor as I found when I was planning my own start-up, having worked in the social service field as a highly successful grantwriter. I am a 'creative type' and really hate the tedium of filling out forms, documents, registrations, licenses, etc. This book give a very good step by step explanation on how to do it. Nevertheless, note the title doesn't say anything like 'Easy guide to starting a non-profit' because there IS no easy way. Of course, you can't learn about such a complex topic from a book, but this one is handy as a reference guide. What it lacks--and that's not the fault of the book--is the 'personal' side of operating a non-profit that one can only get to know by operating in the non-profit world. Whether you love filling out forms neatly and 'get off' on professionally-looking documents, or whether you just want to find most practical way to get through the bean counting aspect of non-profits, this book is excellent as is its accompanying CD
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This book is full of the realities of running a nonprofit. Sure, there are a million little nuanced things you will learn in the process, and all of those can't be in a book. But what this book does, is creates the lattice, framework if you will, on which you will hang all of those new concepts and skills on as you learn and grow your nonprofit organization.

The included CD ROM is really worth the price of entry here. On it you will find useful forms and templates which are very high quality. You can tell actual operators in the field have had their hand in the production of this volume due to the attention to real-world detail and the no B.S. way in which the information is laid out.

In addition to this book I would also suggest the following:

How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (book w/ CD-Rom)
Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records: How to Run Your Nonprofit Corporation So You Don't Run Into Trouble
Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work
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I am a volunteer at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, which has been active acquiring public lands, building and maintaining trails, and a variety of related activities ever since the early 1920s. The Conference was instrumental in establishing the Appalachian Trail, and now maintains about that same mileage of trails (over 2,000) just in the states of New York and New Jersey.

I have found this book excellent in helping me understand various aspects of the structure of the Conference, at explaining those aspects to new and old members, and at suggesting changes in the way the Conference does things. It is a superb reference book for an already existing organization.

I would fault it in one very significant respect.

It does not address the proposition that nonprofits should change their self image from "nonprofit" to "not for profit" organizations.

I met for dinner last night with a financial person who is getting involved in a major not for profit project, in order to "give back" the remarkable benefits she herself has received.

As I understand it, Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates and others have strongly influenced her to take these actions; she said that a large number of her peers were doing so as well.

They all bring their business training to the table and have done a significant study of the phrases "nonprofit" and "not for profit.

As we all know, words have tremendous power and their branding research indicates that there is a clear preference for the phrase "not for profit" in terms of focusing efforts of the organization.

They found that "non-profit" has a "mushy" feeling.
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