Toolbox: Asking for a Cause We Believe In — Overcoming Our Fears

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS No matter how many times people ask for money, they’re likely to experience that queasy feeling in the pit of their stomachs – the unwelcome sensation that they’re somehow putting themselves at risk. This simple exercise helps participants address their fears by giving voice to those fears, and shows that others experience those same fears. Distribute a copy of this handout (available…

Social Media Marketing: Using Facebook to Engage Your Nonprofit’s Network — Part 1

When your nonprofit organization is marketing its events and programs, social media, especially Facebook, can be one of your most effective tools. An average of 68% of Americans use Facebook, which is a much higher rate than Twitter (24%) and Instagram (35%). Three-fourths of these users visit daily and just over half of those check multiple times a day. So, your organization should be using…

Guest Post from Free Geek: Offering Free and Low-Cost Technology and Support to Nonprofits

Today, we have a guest post from Free Geek, a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon that refurbishes technology and gives it to our community at no or low cost. Hi there! Our mission is to sustainably reuse technology, enable digital access, and provide education to create a community that empowers people to realize their potential. We are very excited to introduce our Hardware Grants program,…

CNS has completed the $25,000 matching challenge!

We are excited to announce that the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship has completed the $25,000 challenge match sponsored by Robert and Susan Poole! This tremendous and kindhearted gift shows the continued confidence the Pooles have in our mission and programs. Robert Poole, a retired Corvallis urologist, explained the impact. “While serving on the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship board for ten years, I had the wonderful…

CNS Events for 2019’s Second Quarter

CNS strives to offer the best workshops and training events for nonprofits across the region. This quarter, we have a handful of offerings just for nonprofits like yours! Learn@Lunch Series: Salem April 16th, 18th, 23rd & 25th, 12pm-1pm These bite-sized workshops are for nonprofits interested in affordable and accessible learning opportunities. $20 a session, register today! Nonprofit Learning Series: Klamath Falls Workshop April 27th, 1pm-4:30pm…

Toolbox: Effective Meetings

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS Most board business is done in meetings and effective meetings don’t just happen, they are made. Ensuring your time together is useful, productive and engaging takes focus and intentional facilitation. Make and distribute a copy of the assessment (available as a PDF here) to each board member at your next board meeting. Take 10 minutes and ask the board to thoughtfully answer…

Just 3 days left to have your donation matched 1:1

Don’t miss this chance to double your impact! Act Fast! Our matching gift challenge, sponsored by Robert and Susan Poole, is scheduled to end at midnight on March 31, 2019. Your donations help nonprofits that may be struggling to succeed! Local nonprofit organizations are working every day to provide critical services, strengthen communities, and advance equality and opportunity for all. They are tackling problems we…

Why Do We Give? Emotional Connections Drive Donating

In 2007, researcher Paul Slovic from the University of Oregon wanted to study why we ignore mass genocide, and he explored ways to help humans care about larger tragedies. In his extensive study on human emotions (source), he referenced and expanded on a study that tested storytelling and measured the impact of different stories. Two Similar, But Different Approaches The first story centered around a…

Determining a Wage Range for a New Hire at Your Nonprofit

“Our organization wants to hire a new person. How do we decide a salary for this position?” We’ve received this question from many nonprofits wanting to expand their staff. While many nonprofit employees are mission-driven and passionate about their work, setting the right level of compensation is important to our ability to recruit and retain talented employees. Here are some recommendations from CNS. Where to…

Changing Tax Laws and Receipts for Donor Contributions in 2019

With the changing tax laws that go into effect this year, many organizations are wondering if receipts for contributions are still necessary since many people are no longer itemizing their deductions. This post has contributions from two expert lawyers, John Gear of John Gear Law, and Don Kramer of Nonprofit Issues. You may be surprised to know that a charity has no legal obligation to…