Other Nonprofit Business Plan Elements

If your organization is a non-profit and it's funding you need, it's important to know how to write a non-profit business plan. Most non-profit business plans require information on donors, matching funds, project budgets, and audited financials.

Lesson 9 in the course How to Write a Nonprofit Business Plan

Discover ways to put together a business plan for your nonprofit corporation.
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Sample text from Non Profit Social Services Business Plan:

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1. Understand how to write a nonprofit business plan.

You can draft this up first, but it should be the last thing you work on. This is the most important part of your business plan. Here you must summarize, on one page, every critical aspect of your nonprofit. This summary will determine if someone, be it an investor or potential staff member, will continue reading.

David gave an overview about the difference between a nonprofit strategic plan and business plan:
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If you are starting a non-profit, a business plan might be the furthest thing from your mind. After all, by definition, you are not trying to make money or capitalize on market trends. Nonetheless, a business plan is just as important for a non-profit organization as it is for any profit-making company. It will guide your growth, show donors and funding sources what you are doing, and demonstrate to the IRS that yours is a legitimate tax-exempt enterprise.Your operations plan explains how you will meet the goals detailed earlier in your business plan. Everyday short-term processes are the day to day tasks involved in running your non-profit, from selling products and services to serving your target market's identified needs. Long-term processes are the ways you will meet your organization's growth goals, such as expanding into new cities or providing new services.

Free Nonprofit Business Plans | Bplans

If you are contemplating the formation of a nonprofit entity, research is your best friend, followed by the crafting of a careful business plan — one that clearly states organizational direction. Is forming a nonprofit in your future? Consider the following:

Business Planning for Nonprofits | National Council of Nonprofits

In many civic and charitable non-profits, members are well known in their business communities. This creates a solid link between business and non-profits that benefits both. Contact EmbroidMe today for more information on non-profit business plans.

Sample Nonprofit Business Plans | Bridgespan

A fresh, compelling approach to establishing a sustainable, results-driven nonprofit business plan.

Nonprofits often use the terms “strategic planning” and “business planning” interchangeably, but a good business plan goes beyond the traditional strategic plan with its focus on mission and vision, goals and objectives. , created by the nationally recognized nonprofit consultant experts at La Piana Consulting, helps your nonprofit organization understand what a strategic business plan is and why you need one, then provides a practical, proven process for creating a successful, sustainable business model. This groundbreaking resource further explains how your nonprofit can determine whether a potential undertaking is economically viable—a vital tool in today’s economic climate—and how to understand and solve challenges as they arise.

With detailed instructions, worksheets, essential tools, case studies, and a rigorous financial analysis presented clearly and accessibly for executives, board members, and consultants, is also an important resource for non-specialist audiences such as potential funders and investors. This innovative step-by-step guide will provide your team with a solid set of business decisions so that your nonprofit can achieve maximum results for years to come.