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The Modern Nonprofit: 4 Steps to Nonprofit Success

The Modern Nonprofit: 4 Steps to Nonprofit Success

 

People | Communications | Funding | Impact

The Modern Nonprofit Cycle

The Modern Nonprofit uses well-designed programs whose designs have included community input making them easier to manage and more likely to have solution-oriented impact. Community participation will increase long-term sustainability.

Overview: The Modern Nonprofit
The modern nonprofit operates in an efficient cycle. They start by getting input from stakeholders for a proposed project or program. This input will lead to an appropriately designed project for addressing the challenges identified. The dialogue will provide compelling stories for use in their donor communications plan. A well executed communications plan will lead to improved funding for their program. A well-designed project will be easier to manage and will provide the impact needed to solve the prioritized challenges. Stakeholders participating in the project will be encouraged by positive results to sustain successful project activities.
 
STEP 1: PEOPLE. The people centered approach to modern nonprofit project success.
People are key to understanding nonprofit challenges and solutions. For example, if you are an environmental group, engage with local stakeholders to really get the full, multi-faceted picture. If you run a food bank—engage with your constituents to learn their wants, needs and desires—and how you can best design a program to fulfill them. A people centered approach will both provide captivating stories for donors and long-term sustainability for your programs. Learn more.
 
STEP 2: COMMUNICATIONS. A digital communications plan will draw new participants and donors into your programs and build your support base. Honest, intimate and emotionally compelling stories captured from your constituents in Step 1 will captivate donors. Programs become more compelling to donors when community input has been included in program design. Modern, digital platforms are less expensive than mailings and allow you to track successes. Email newsletters, social media, and call-to-action webpages will convert website visitors into supporters. Learn more.
 
STEP 3: FUNDING. Online funding can be super-efficient: you just need to be set up.
Today’s highly effective donation pages have very specific tangible requests: a homebuilding nonprofit working in Central America might ask for $100 for a wood cook stove or $50 for a water filter for a family of six. But, don’t think raising funds only means donations. You can also sell things that relate to your nonprofit: consciousness-raising workshops, project tours—or a product like coffee if your work is in protecting rainforests—or vegetables if you run a community garden. Learn more.
 
STEP 4: SUSTAINABLE IMPACT. A solid program design that included community input will be easier to manage and be more likely to have solution-oriented impact. Constituent participation will increase sustainability: If constituents feel that they were listened to during project design, they will be more likely to maintain the momentum of project activities that led to positive impact—long into the future. Learn more.
 
CSDi provides hands-on training resources in the four key areas above.
 
STEP 1: PEOPLE. Learn about community-based project design for funding, impact and long-term sustainability.
 
 
 
 
STEP 2: COMMUNICATIONS. Learn about modern nonprofit communications in the digital age.
 
 
 
 
STEP 3: FUNDING. Learn about online funding: call-to-action webpages and donation pages.
 
 
 
 
STEP 4: SUSTAINABLE IMPACT. Learn about designing, funding and managing projects so that positive impacts are sustainable.
 
 
 
 
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Nonprofit News: Our 25 Best Nonprofit Newsletters of the Year

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The Year’s 25 Most Useful and Informative Newsletters

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About the Center for Sustainable Development
 
 
 
 
Online Fundraising
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marketing and Communications
 
 
 
 
 
Project Development
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learn how to use these techniques by enrolling in one of our online courses or training workshops.
 
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We look forward to your insights and comments!
 
 
Sincerely,

Tim Magee
Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development 

 
Tim Magee is the author of:
A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation, Routledge, Oxford, England.
The Beginner’s Guide to Online Donations

In 6 Years: 4,021 CSDi training participants from 153 countries

Become the Solution
In 7 Years: 4,021 CSDi training participants from 153 countries
Would you like to learn more about communicating with donors, fundraising, designing projects?
 
Since 2010, we’ve been very fortunate to have had 4,021 nonprofit professionals enroll in our different training programs. These pros have come from nonprofits and NGOs working in 153 different countries.
 
Northern Nonprofits
Nonprofit professionals working North America, Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have come from 200 different organizations. See the list of countries and organizations here.
 
NGOs Working in Developing Nations
Over 500 NGOs working in the developing world have come from 150 different countries. See the list of countries and organizations here.
 
Participants Develop Real Projects with Real Impact
In total, training participants from these 153 different countries have used CSDi courses, workshops and mentored training programs to develop real projects using 270 different kinds of activities impacting over 400,000 people.
 
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People from 208 countries and territories subscribe to our newsletter. CSDi Newsletter: Subscribe Now to learn about our nonprofit training programs.
 
Become the Solution
Would you like to join the ranks of these accomplished pros? Simply work one-on-one with us in one of our magnificent programs led by one of our expert instructors.
 
Would you like to learn more about:
 
You can work with the Center’s training programs in one of three ways:
1. Free eBooks: Each chapter in the books provides background information and step-by-step, hands-on instructions on each subject.
 
2. Affordable, real time, teacher-led online courses:
Visit CSDi’s Course Catalogue for a complete list. The training programs are fully customized for each participant. You work on your own course project within your area of expertise. Depending on the course you choose, examples could be a project or program, developing a donation website, launching a communications plan or a fundraising plan.
 
3. Custom mentored programs and live workshops:
Train & Consult with a Private Mentor. The mentored nonprofit certificate programs provide cutting-edge information, time-saving templates, training and expert consultancy, and lead you in working-during the training-on real course projects for your organization.
Choose from these Four Nonprofit Certificate Programs:
 
Consider joining us to work one-on-one with us in one of our magnificent programs led by one of our expert instructors.
 
 
I look forward to working with you.
Sincerely,

Tim Magee
Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development 

 
Tim Magee is the author of:
A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation, Routledge, Oxford.
The Beginner’s Guide to Online Donations: A complimentary CSDi book.