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Crowdfunding for Nonprofits, Council of Nonprofits

Things to know before your nonprofit jumps into crowdfunding

“It is important to note that crowdfunding platforms are simply that—platforms. They are a place where nonprofits can elevate their causes to greater public attention, but they do not do the fundraising for you. Crowdfunding campaigns still require time and work to be successful. Sufficient preparation pre-launch is essential: nonprofits must advertise, prepare materials, and acknowledge gifts from individuals just as they do in traditional fundraising campaigns. Keep in mind that crowd funding may be ideal for short bursts and for raising funds for specific projects, but not particularly well-suited for longer-term fundraising projects where cultivating major donors is a goal.”

See more at Crowdfunding for Nonprofits, Council of Nonprofits

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12th Annual Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course

Brochure_Page_1Live in Austin August 21-22, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin VIDEO Dallas September 18-19, 2014 Cityplace Events Hot Topics

  • Preparing a Policies, Practices, & Procedures Manual for Your Organization
  • Lobbying, Political Campaigns, and Candidate Related Campaign Activity
  • TABC Issues
  • Gift Acceptance Policies: Should “Yes” Always Mean “Yes”?
  • What You Need to Know about Document Retention and Discovery
  • Employment Law – Do’s and Dont’s of Hiring and Firing
  • Using Social Media to Raise Funds and Make Grants

Course Amenities

  • Coffee & Pastries included each morning │ lunch both days
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Course materials provided as a PDF download and a printed notebook (or receive the PDF download only at a discount!)

MCLE Credits are available.

Click here to see the full line of topics for discussion, how to register, and where to stay!


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Local Programs Supported in Bank Communities, BBVA Compass Foundation

Local Programs Supported in Bank Communities, BBVA Compass Foundation – The BBVA Compass Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are making a positive impact in the communities the bank serves in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas. The Foundation gives priority to requests that best reflect the following focus areas: community development/financial literacy, education, health and human services, arts and culture, environment and natural resources, and diversity and inclusion. Online applications are due September 30, 2014. (Organizations interested in applying should join one of the Charitable Contributions Process Conference Calls/Webinar Presentations held on July 25, August 15, and September 12 prior to submitting a grant request.) Visit the bank’s website to learn more about the Foundation’s guidelines and application process. Apply here. (Posted: July 8, 2014)

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Healthy Community Initiatives Recognized Nationwide Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize

Healthy Community Initiatives Recognized Nationwide Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize –The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships across the United States that are helping people live healthier lives. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For the purposes of this prize, “a community” is defined as one of the following: town, city, county, tribe or tribal community, or region (such as contiguous towns, cities, or counties). The Phase 1 application deadline is September 17, 2014. Visit the program’s website to download the call for applications. JOIN US FOR AN INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) July 22, 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time. Apply here. (Posted: July 8, 2014)

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Registration is Now Open for 2 Waco Foundation Workshops


KEEPING IT LEGAL – September 3

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Planning that next great fundraiser? Don’t jeopardize your nonprofit tax status! 

Whether it’s a golf tournament, an evening reception, or a bake sale, the IRS has something to say about how funds are collected, donated, and reported. Learn what the IRS expects from you!

Hosted by Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell (JRBT) and Waco Foundation, this half-day workshop led by Nancy Toups will provide
attendees with insight and directions on how to accurately manage and account for fundraising activities.
Topics include:  
  • Events (auctions, receptions, food sales, and more)
  • Games of Chance (bingo, raffle)
  • Sales & Use Tax
  • Sponsorship & Marketing
  • Proper Donor Acknowledgement
  • Private Benefit & Inurement

Date: Wednesday, September 3
Time: 9 am – 12 pm │ Check-in starts at 8 am
Location: MCC Conference Center │4601 North 19th St., Waco, TX 76708
Cost: Early Bird Rate $15│Use discount code: EARLYBIRD before August 12 (discounted price is reflected on payment page); Regular Rate $25 │Through August 26

Registration closes August 26.
Cancellations after August 22 will be refunded on a prorated basis.
CPE credits are available for this course!






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Staff suffering from burnout? Working with outdated strategies and ideas? Can’t take that big idea to scale?
The struggles many nonprofits face today are rooted in a lack of money. Let us help you develop a strategy for getting more of it.
Led by fundraising consultant Kay Sprinkle Grace, this full day workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the fundraising process, best practices in the field and tips for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan for their organization.

 Topics include:  

  • Preparing your nonprofit for the marathon
  • The components of a good fundraising plan
  • Fund development process
  • Fundraising strategies/tools
  • Prospect research & personal solicitations
  • The benefits of fundraising planning
  • Gift acceptance, donor acknowledgement, recognition & relations 

CPE credits are available for this course! 

Date: Friday, September 26
Time: Registration begins at 8 am, Session runs from 9 am – 4 pm
Location: MCC Conference Center │4601 North 19th St., Waco, TX 76708
Cost: Early Bird Rate $15 │ Use discount code: EARLYBIRD through 9/2 (discounted price is reflected on payment page); Regular Rate $25 through September 17 

Registration closes September 17. Cancellations after September 12 will be refunded on a prorated basis.




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Program Seeks to Improve Life for Impaired Adults, GrantStation

Program Seeks to Improve Life for Impaired Adults
Department of Education
The Technologies to Enhance Independence in Daily Living for Adults with Cognitive Impairments program supports efforts that will contribute to improved outcomes related to independence in daily activities in the home, community, or workplace setting for adults with cognitive impairments. Optional letters of intent are due July 10, 2014. The application deadline is August 4, 2014.

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Low-Income Housing Improvements Supported, GrantStation

Low-Income Housing Improvements Supported
Department of Agriculture
The Section 533 Housing Preservation Grant program provides support to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. The program also assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons. The application deadline is July 24, 2014.

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New 1023-EZ Form Makes Applying to be Tax-Exempt Easier; Most Charities Qualify, EO Update IRS

New 1023-EZ Form Makes Applying to be Tax-Exempt Easier; Most Charities Qualify

The Internal Revenue Service today introduced a new, shorter application form, Form 1023-EZ, to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status more easily. Most organizations with annual gross receipts of $50,000 or less and assets of $250,000 or less are eligible. See news release for details.

The change will allow the IRS to speed the approval process for smaller groups and free up resources to review applications from larger, more complex organizations while reducing the application backlog.

The new 1023-EZ form must be filed on, accompanied by a $400 user fee. The instructions include an eligibility checklist that organizations must complete before filing the form.

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Bush School Consulting Capstone 2014-2015

Untitled“The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University invites you to apply to be a client with our Bush School Consulting Capstone program. The goal of the Bush School Consulting Capstone is to enhance students’ management education by developing collaborative consulting engagements with organizations in which students assist Bush School Capstone application 2014-15_Page_1client organizations in addressing existing and emerging challenges. Projects will be based on client needs and could entail a range of topics such as: marketing, organizational assessment, fund development planning, program evaluation, board development, volunteer management, and strategic planning, just to name a few.”

Prospective client organizations are asked to complete the attached application and submit it 
electronically by August 4, 2014 to the email address provided below.  Applications will be reviewed by faculty sponsors and then screened by students. Selection of client hosts should be completed by mid-September.  If your project is selected, student teams of 2-6 members will meet with client hosts to develop a problem definition (work scope) memo by the end of September. The student team will then work with organizations to complete the agreed upon scope of work by May 2015.”

For additional information and questions, please contact: 

Matthew Upton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Career & Student Services
Bush School of Government & Public Service
4220 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4220 | (979) 862-8824

 View the Proposed Timeline, PDFProposed Timeline


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