Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Today I am continuing my series of posts on website resources for nonprofits. Today's feature is

If you haven't heard about Guidestar you should check it out today and look up the listing for your own organization. You haven't submitted information to Guidestar so you are not listed there? Wrong! If you are a 501c and file a IRS 990 return you are on Guidestar. What does it say? Whatever you put on your 990 and sent to the IRS and thought was stored in a basement in Denver. It's there but Guidestar also has a copy and has published it on their website. Guidestar actually has been the driving force behind having nonprofits be able to file this form electronically so it will be so much simpler for them than scanning it.

Traditionally the Form 990 has just been a tax form and may even be filled out by your accountant. But now that it is on Guidestar, one of the most respected sources of information about nonprofits on the Web, it really is also a marketing document. As such the nonfinancial portion of the form should be filled out by someone involved with fundraising or marketing - not the accountant.

Guidestar is increasingly used by foundations and funders to get basic information about your organizations. It is the main resource for many financial companies which offer philanthropic gift funds. It is not a website to be ignored.

You can add information about your organization to the basic Guidestar information. Guidestar provides a format that you can fill in information about your organization. EVERY nonprofit should do this.


Marion Conway Consulting

Thursday, December 08, 2005

This is my second post as part of my participation in phase 2 of the Nonprofit Blog Exchange Project. Today's post is about's mission is to spread social information throughout the world, and to provide free services to charities to help them save money and further their own missions. They think that people have to act together to represent common global interests. They are concentrating on using the Internet to fulfill their mission. does not seek to push any particular subject or action on you but merely encourages you to study and act on the issues you care about. The sites explain the basics of many important issues and contain links to excellent resources.'s virtual community comprises organizations and people the world over who believe common citizens working in concert can and will make a profound difference. acts as a clearinghouse for tools and information to enable non-profits and individuals to conduct their charitable activities as efficiently as possible. provides free Internet services to charities, including full-featured web hosting and email services. They provide non-profit consulting to charities at no charge including assistance with the following: incorporation, application for tax-exempt 501c3 status with the IRS, general employment, tax and risk management issues. also provides content and links on the above topics to web users throughout the world. is a very heavily trafficked web site due to the fact that many other sites feed in to it like,,,,, and hundreds more related and unrelated sites. Their content and linked sites are viewed throughout the world by many thousands of people each day.

This is really a one of a kind website and blog with a very wide breath of material. It's worth checking out.

Check out the Nonprofit Blog Exhange.
Nonprofit Blog Exchange

Marion Conway Consulting

Friday, December 02, 2005

With this post I am participating in an innovative plan for people who are interested in nonprofit blogs to learn about new blogs. I am participating in phase 2 of the Nonprofit Blog Exchange Project. As such I have entered my blog into a pool and two other blogs will have a post about my blog. In exchange I have been assigned to post an entry about two other blogs. When I saw my assignments I could not believe it - I was assigned to post about Idealware at

Idealware is the brainchild of Laura Quinn, the well respected Principal of Alder Consulting, a New York based business providing technology consulting in the New York City area. For years I have been referring people to Laura's website and her excellent articles for nonprofits on websites, accepting credit cards and other topics in the "Shoestring" series of articles.

Now Laura has teamed up with other notables providing technology help to nonprofits to bring an exciting new service to nonprofits. The website is brand new and here is the plan:

Idealware will provide candid, Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits, centralized into a website. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware will allow US nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective.

The website will be built around a database of software reviews to support easy browsing or searching based on keyword, price, platform, or functionality. Articles will provide higher level recommendations and information about how to select and use software.

Thr first report is an incredibly comprehensive yet easy to read and understand report on 27 low cost options for nonprofits to accept "Donate Now" features on their websites. Check out Idealware and the Nonprofit Exchange Blog sites.

Nonprofit Blog Exchange

Marion Conway Consulting

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Calling all Nonprofits - Are you ready to celebrate?

International Volunteer Manager Appreciation Day!

This year IVMA Day is Monday, December 5.

You can find information about IVMA Day at and on the Association for Volunteer Administration site at


Marion Conway Consulting

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The United Way of New York City has funding from IBM to support the advancement of technology at nonprofits. They sponsor high quality low cost workshops for nonprofits and publish a Technology News eNewsletter. If you are responsible for technology at a nonprofit you should sign up for the free newsletter and consider attending the workshops. The United Way building is conveniently located a short distance from the PATH and is a reasonable commute for people located in northern New Jersey. This month's newsletter has an excellent article on conducting a technology self audit. Topics covered include:
-Policies and Procedures
-User Password Policy
-Administrator Password Policy
-Software Updates
-Limiting Administrative Policies for Software Installations
-Software Inventory
-Hardware Inventory
-Wireless Access Points
-Network Infrastrucuture
-Server Room Policies
-External Vendors

Conducting a technology self audit is a perfect New Year's resolution for those of you responsible for technology at a nonprofit. Even if you are an "accidental techie" - maybe especially if - this is an important part of maintaining your system in good order.

United Way of New York Tech News

Monday, November 28, 2005

I believe that the best overall web resource for nonprofits is Charity Channel. Charity Channel has a long list of listservs with specific nonprofit topics, eNewsletters and teleconferenced minicourses. The lists are frequented by very experienced people in the specified field and the discussions are excellent. I have learned a great deal on Charity Channel lists over the last few years. It costs just $24 a year to become a member of Charity Channel and it is well worth it. The lists include Development, Technology, Boards, Volunteer Issues, Consultants, Charity Law, Charity Books and many more. The eNewsletters include Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review, Grants and Foundations Review, Charity News-USA, Volunteer Management Review and others.

Make sure you visit Charity Channel at: :


Sunday, November 27, 2005

There are soooo many great websites for nonprofits on the Internet and I find that when I recommend websites at my workshops that most people have never heard of some of the best ones. Therefore I am going to make a series of posts which highlight some of the best resources websites for nonprofits that I know.

Boardsource is the premier website for nonprofit boards. It is a must visit site for nonprofit board members. This website has a ton of free information for Boards including such topics as board orientation, board manual, board calendar, officer responsibilities, etc. Boardsource also publishes excellent books and other resource materials that you can buy on the website. You can join Boardsource and have access to members only information and discounts on its publications. It is a primary resource for me in my work with Board Development. Make sure you visit:


Friday, November 25, 2005

Fundraising Thought for the Day

The latest statistics from Giving USA show that charitable giving in the U.S. totaled almost $250 billion in 2004. That is incredible! The totals breaks out like this:

* Individuals gave $187.92 billion, or 75.6%
* Foundations gave $28.8 billion, or 11.6%
* Bequests accounted for $19.8 billion, or 8%
* Corporations gave $12 billion, or 4.8%

Even with these statistics many nonprofits concentrate on foundations and corporations to increase their revenues. Rather than trying to go after this 16% of total giving why not work on increasing your revenues from where over 75% of donations come from - individuals.

Check out for more information.

Make sure you check out my website for upcoming events....

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

One website that all nonprofits should know about is Many nonprofits do but only visit the website when they want to purchase a specific software at a discount. Tech Soup is such a rich website. Make sure you check out the treasure chest of information for technology planning,and definitely sign up for their enewsletter - TechSoup...By The Cup. There are always great articles on current topics and notice of special offers. Here's a sample about an important upcoming event to help you curb spam on your system.

Mark your calendars!
The 3rd annual "Stop Spam Today!" campaign, sponsored by
Mailshell and TechSoup, is happening 11/8-12/15. Throughout the
campaign, TechSoup will provide articles, tips, and resources to
help nonprofit organizations and public libraries fight spam.
And for 48 hours only, on 12/14 and 12/15, your organization can
order Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop software absolutely FREE
through TechSoup Stock. There is no admin fee thanks to
Mailshell's generous donation. For more information about the
campaign, visit:

Help spread the word, and let other nonprofits and public
libraries know about this special campaign and software

Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 18, 2005

Good Morning

As I looked over my blog I realized that I didn't have my website URL easily displayed. If you would like to learn more about me and the services I provide for nonprofits check out

November has been a busy month for me as I have offered a workshop entitled "The Nonprofit Board – Responsibilities, Leadership and the Emerging Board Trends for the 21st Century" for two local United Ways and facilitated two Board Retreats for nonprofits. I am happy to report that I have great feedback from all of these events.

Coming up next...workshops to be offered in 2006. Details will soon be posted for the Strategic Planning workshop scheduled for January 10th. Let me know if you would like to be on my mailing list.

Marion Conway Consulting
Specializing in Strategic Planning, Technology Planning, Leadership Development, Facilitation and Research for Nonprofits
Verona, NJ 07044

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Hello All,

This Fall I am designing the fomat and content and facilitating Board Retreats for Nonprofits. Topics include board development, board orientation, strategic planning and leadership. I am currently developing a new workshop on Visionary Leadership in Nonprofits. The material I am using to develop the workshop is awesome. Let me know if you are attendting or hosting one of these workshops.


Friday, August 19, 2005

Monday, August 15, 2005

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Hello All. Thanks for visiting my new blog. This is my first post. I am just getting started and learning how a blog works. If this goes well, I will be posting information about a presentation by eTapestry and Foothold Technology and my newest workshop being offered in September.

Please post - even if it is just to say hello I know you visited. If people visit I will keep posting interesting updates.