We’ve all heard of the fundraising success of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, but even far less well known organizations have experienced a dramatic surge in giving. Those organizations working most directly for immigration rights or reproductive justice are, for the most part, doing very well. However, all organizations – and particularly those receiving an influx of new donors – must quickly figure out how to properly steward these donors so that they become long-term supporters and people engaged in the work in other ways.

Earlier this year, the Center organized a series of Nonprofit Town Hall meetings around the state. These meetings – in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Jacksonville, Research Triangle Park, and Asheville – gave nonprofits an opportunity to connect with elected officials, learn about nonprofit sector trends and policy issues, and share their concerns about how the current political climate may affect their organizations.

Workers’ compensation in North Carolina provides medical treatment and wage replacement payments for employees who become injured in an on-the-job accident or develop a job-related disease. The goal of the workers’ compensation system is to return injured employees back to work as quickly as possible. It’s an important program, especially for small nonprofits. Here are five important reasons why nonprofit organizations need workers’ comp in North Carolina.

The current law on nonpartisanship is a major reason why charitable nonprofits are safe havens from politics, a place where North Carolinians from across the political spectrum can come together to actually solve community problems rather than simply posture and attack people with differing viewpoints. Eliminating or restricting this law would have significant negative ramifications for nonprofits, their donors, and the communities that they serve.  Keeping the law the way it is would benefit all 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  

So nonprofits, let’s be inclusive and invite people in to join the noble work we do. Your positive actions can help model the way for our elected leaders -- at the local, statewide, and national levels -- to follow.  We’ll work together to unite, heal, and move our nation forward.

In this timely piece, Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits calls on all nonprofits to step forward to insist that all Americans have a say in their own future. He brings to life these words once written by the U.S. Supreme Court: “No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live.” Wesberry v. Sanders (1964). The article first appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy: By the way, the North Carolina Center forNonprofits is proud to be participating in the National Voter Registration Day, which is set by the nonpartisan National Association of Secretaries of State.

Creating content for your social media strategy is a process of continuous improvement. It starts with ideas and brainstorming, so having a few brainstorming facilitation techniques to use with your team is useful. 

As nonprofits, we are healers. We are protectors. We educate and we enrich lives. And much more.