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Non profit Organization (NPO) – At a glance

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From this short article, a reader can get a brief idea of the NPO along with its basics, types and the working model.

Non profit organizations that work independently are mostly created by legal or political persons and are constituted legally. In order to be influenced socially and politically these organizations should have a strong political and financial back up. The motives of the organizations are like lending helping hands to the suffering, undertaking a part of development in a country, involving in social service activities etc. The ways to reach these motives may be different between organizations but the goal remains the same.

These self help organizations are basically charitable oriented or service oriented. There are some NPO’s that operate internationally too. Even though the name signifies that the organization works without profit they depend on the government largely for funding. These organizations should have a healthy relation with the public in order to be successful in their goals. The people who work in a non profit organization are referred to as volunteers.

In order to create a NPO two basic steps have to be followed: one is to identify the social need at that point of time and the next is to gathering the support among the public for the particular need.

If the non profit organization is planning for a long run it should be focused on the following points:

1)The funding flow should be homogeneous and this will increase the stand of the organization.
2)Documents along with the organization plan should be preplanned for the financial year
3)Nowadays there are lots of scams involved around these NPO’s due to the tax exempted funding, so the funding along with the other financial documents should be kept clean and the documentation has to be proper and has to be verified through qualified professionals.
4)Periodical checking of the benefits that were provided by the Government on the same mission.
5)If the company couldn’t be started with full fledge alone, it has to be partnered with any other firm which is involved with the same motive, by this means both the companies will be working on the same motive.

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Fund raising in non-profit organizations

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

It deals with strategies and methods involving the fund raising of non-profit organizations

Fund raising has always been an issue for most non-profit organizations. It is also a limiting factor in the reach and functioning capacity of the organization. A regular flow of funds is required to keep the organization in its tracks. All non-profit organizations should have a definite policy towards fund raising. Though fund raising is no easy job, it can be managed well with steady flow of funds and quality capital, all made possible with some fore planning and good execution.

Everything starts from the administration of the organization itself. The goals of the organization must be clearly set and should be viable for effective propaganda and response. For example, a group that simply says “save the trees” or “cancer research foundation” is going to pass up as just another organization. This should not be the case. The goals and achievements of the organization must clearly be seen from anybody’s perspective. It is what sets the targets and urges people to contribute funds. A good spokesperson and contact personnel are a must.

Managing the collected funds is another important factor. The contributors would also like to see how their money is being used up. A good team capable of budget planning is required. It can also be done by another third party. But it is better to keep the management of funds transparent as that itself can be used as a propaganda tool effectively.

A fully dedicated team of people is required to be set up for the sole purpose of fund raising. It must consist of planners, team leaders, liaisons, creative designers, advertisers and special people who can raise funds using their skills or status (e.g. Celebrities). This team must foresee and execute the various plans made towards fund raising. They must identify potential targets and decide on the way of approach. Having an effective team solely for this purpose can be the difference between efficiency and bankruptcy.

Target identification is the step involving the identification of the people from which the organization can raise funds. The most important target group will be the people who are directly connected with the goal of the organization (e.g. Persons affected by cancer are viable target groups for cancer research institutes). Other important target groups are business tycoons, general public, politicians, stars, celebrities and so on. Employing different methods for each of these groups are vital for success.

The methods that can be used for fund raising vary from simple handouts and posters to mega campaigns. But in order to be effective, it must be target specific. The common methods that can be employed are posters, handouts, TV shows, rallies, ads, demonstrations, campaigns etc. General public can be campaigned with posters and rallies, as well as mass media. A single TV show covering the activities of the organization can generate a lot of funds. Creative ads and posters in net can be a great propaganda tool (e.g. Green Peace ads). Corporate companies can be made to contribute by striking deals so that they can use the publicity and the organization can use the funds. Billionaires can be canvassed for donations. Having a celebrity in the organization can work wonders. In this age of social networking, a good ad in websites like Twitter can be very effective.

There are also other sources like fund raising shows, but it all comes to how the organization effectively uses them to further spread their propaganda. Instead of focusing on the immediate requirements, a definite long term policy and a good administration system towards fund raising can get any non-profit organization free from financial woes.

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Change for the Children

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

Non-profit organization for children, run by the Jonas Brothers.

There are a great deal of amazing non-profit organizations out there that do great work and have a positive impact on society, but my favorite non-profit organization is one run by the Jonas Brothers called Change for the Children. Each one of the brothers has a different cause that they support. Nick’s cause is childhood diabetes, because it is something that he, too, suffers from. Joe’s cause is Special Olympics and Kevin’s cause is volunteerism. Kevin, Nick and Joe all work together to make the change they want to see in the world possible, and they make it possible for fans to get involved as well in a great many ways.

The program is based on kids helping other kids who are less fortunate. All the money raised by Change for the Children actually goes to the kids who need it the most, not the Jonas Brothers. Many times, children can feel alone in the world and feel like no one else is going through what they are going through. Initially, this is how Nick Jonas felt when he was diagnosed with childhood diabetes, and it is what inspired him to start this non-profit organization in the first place. He wants to help kids get connected with other kids who are going through similar situations, so that they can be a support system for each other. He said that by doing so, they are “improving the quality of life”.

The organization offers many ways for those to get involved to actually get out there and do something. The organization’s website offers ideas, such as organizing a walk or run for those affected by diabetes or those who are disabled. If you do not have time to organize a run or walk, the website for the organization offers shirts and necklaces that you can purchase. All of the profits from the shirts and necklaces does go for diabetic children in need.

Many people think the Jonas Brothers are just another teenage fad, but in all honesty, they are doing something great for their fans and children across the country. They are the brains behind Change for the Children, and have made many donations and contributions to help kids in need all across America and in other countries as well. They are helping to make the changes they wanted to see reality and they are getting fans involved as well. Change for the Children is a non-profit organization that I support now, and I hope you will too.

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Filed under: Fund Raising, Illinois, Marketing, Non-Profit, Planning, Strategic Planning, Strategy, The Center for Assocation Resources info, , , , , ,

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