Finance

Core Mission Support: A New Graphic

Nonprofits need a better way of representing true program costs. We recommend using this helpful graphic instead of the unhelpful admin vs. program services pie...

Loans: A Guide to Borrowing for Nonprofit Organizations

This Propel Nonprofits guide is designed to help nonprofits understand loans, uses for loans, and when loans make the most sense as a form of...

True Program Costs: Program Budget and Allocation Template and Resource

It's time for nonprofits to switch the narrative away from overhead costs vs. programming costs to an understanding of true program costs. This guide and...

Transforming Nonprofit Business Models

This Propel Nonprofits resource explores the four financial components of nonprofits (revenue mix, infrastructure/expenses, true program costs, capital).

Transforming Business Models Primer Video

Propel Nonprofits video that shows the four core components of a nonprofit business model: revenue mix, infrastructure, true program costs, and capital.

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Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal Sponsorship Primer Video

Fiscal sponsorship is a great alternative to getting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. This short video explains what fiscal sponsorship is and why you might consider...

Governance

The Power of Possibility: Exploring Greater Impact through Strategic Partnerships

Free resources from the Power of Possibility website help to guide nonprofit conversations about strategic alliances and restructuring.

Ten Dimensions That Shape Your Board Workbook

Tool designed to guide board discussion about cultural and developmental context and to recognize and consider alternative strategies to build on strengths.

Nonprofit Governance: Coloring Outside the Box…One Size Does Not Fit All

Study about ways to improve board function and effectiveness, and proposes discussion questions to facilitate conversations between staff and board leaders.

Board Profile Worksheet

A tool for nonprofits to identify and track desirable board skills and characteristics, spotlighting what to seek from new board members.

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes Template

Template to record your board meeting minutes, created for your convenience and to remind you of legal recommendations related to board minutes.

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Nonprofit Basics

Balance Sheet Cheat Sheet

The Propel Nonprofits Balance Sheet Cheat Sheet highlights six key measures that are useful for all types of nonprofits.

Budgeting: A 10-Step Checklist

Propel Nonprofits 10-step budgeting checklist is a planning tool that reflects an organization’s programs, mission, and strategic plan.

Planning

The Power of Possibility: Exploring Greater Impact through Strategic Partnerships

Free resources from the Power of Possibility website help to guide nonprofit conversations about strategic alliances and restructuring.

Success Factors in Nonprofit Mergers

Full study of 41 direct-service organization mergers in Minnesota conducted by MAP for Nonprofits and Wilder Research.

Considering Options Along the Strategic Alignment Spectrum

Based on organizational goals, there are many options along the realignment spectrum including program transfer, joint ventures, and others.

NewMergeMinnesota

This document provides step-by-step merger guidance.

Success Factors in Nonprofit Mergers, Synopsis

This is a synopsis of a study of 41 direct-service organization mergers in Minnesota conducted by MAP for Nonprofits and Wilder Research.

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Trends

Core Mission Support: A New Graphic

Nonprofits need a better way of representing true program costs. We recommend using this helpful graphic instead of the unhelpful admin vs. program services pie...