Resources

Here are some free tools.

If you sign up for coaching, consulting or training you can receive other goodies. Enjoy!

 
 
Nonprofit Storytelling Infographic

Nonprofit Storytelling Infographic

Nonprofit Storytelling Infographic

The key to engaging the public, including donors, is to be effective at telling your organizational story and the story of those you serve. Mind The Gap can help you tell your story, but check out this infographic as a high-level ideas of how it works. Click here to grab the tool.

 

 
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Board Fundraising Worksheet

My most popular tool. Click here to grab this powerful tool that will get your board to fundraise.

 

Infographic: Top 9 Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Executive Director

Nonprofit Executive Directors have a lot of responsibilities. This infographic is a snapshot of the major areas. For more details on each area, contact us or consider taking our Executive Director Boot Camp online course.

 
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Creating a Nonprofit Unique Value Proposition Cheatsheet

In order to stand out in your communications and fundraising, you should attempt to create a Unique Value Proposition Statement. Learn how to do it, here

 
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How to Start a Nonprofit

Need to know the steps in creating a 501(c)(3) organization? Click here

 
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44 Ways to Skyrocket Your Nonprofit Email List

It’s hard to build your bank account and your volunteer base without a base of people. But how can you grow an email list to activate and build your organization’s power? Click here for our free tool with 44 tips on how to grow your list.

 

8 Expert Tips for raising $10K+ on Facebook

Here is a link to a free webinar and cheat sheet for how to run these fun campaigns

 
 

Non-Profit Fixer School

We have a growing number of free and fee-based courses. Courses include beginner and expert content on fundraising, management, board development, LGBTQ Diversity, and media skills. Check out the Non-Profit Fixer School.

 
How to handle tough media questions

How to handle tough media questions

How to Handle Tough Questions from the media - As a nonprofit

This handout explains a few of the ways reporters may try trip up, or trip you up. Misquotes are mostly your fault. Be careful. 

 

Fundraising Wall chart/Thermometer

There is something very satisfying about a wall chart tracking your fundraising. Blow this up and laminate it.  Put it on your wall and go to town. 

 
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Board Orientation Checklist

One of the biggest complaints of board members is that they never got a proper orientation. Use this checklist to ensure you prepare the right information for all new board members. Click here





 
Bad Libs "Gala Gone Wild" Ice Breaker

Bad Libs "Gala Gone Wild" Ice Breaker

"Bad Libs" Ice Breaker (Board Meetings/Any Gathering)

Have fun with the classic Ad-Lib style icebreaker. Use this one page form at the beginning of meetings to have a fun and goofy start to any meeting. The "Gala Gone Wild" Bad Lib was designed with everyone's favorite fundraising frustration...Galas!

 
Is/Is Not Chart

Is/Is Not Chart

Is/Is Not Chart

When focusing an organization and building alignment, it is helpful to use an Is/Is Not chart to force tough choices and build consensus. You can do this for programs, events, or the organization itself.

 
Nonprofit Fixer Youtube Channel

Nonprofit Fixer Youtube Channel

"Non-Profit Fixer" YouTube Channel

For short little videos about important nonprofit management and fundraising tips, visit our Non-profit Fixer YouTube Channel now. Just click on the Red button at the top right and subscribe.

 
Success Journal

Success Journal

Keep a "Success Journal"

Although designed for Executive Directors, any nonprofit leader can benefit from keeping a log of their accomplishments when it comes time for your annual review. 

 
Ladder of engagement

Ladder of engagement

How people move up the ladder of engagement - Infographic

Nonprofits should always be on the lookout for new leaders. Sometimes people increase their involvement on their own, but sophisticated organizations spot this behavior and help nudge people along.

 
18 month planning template

18 month planning template

18 Month Planning Template

Sometimes you need a little color to brighten your planning process. This 18 month planning template in MS word serves as a dashboard for your organization. Feel free to edit as you like.

 
 
12 Things White Leaders can do for Diversity

12 Things White Leaders can do for Diversity

12 Things White Non-Profit Leaders Can Do Now for Diversity (PDF)

Diversity is essential for a high performing non-profit organization. Don’t just talk the talk. Here are 12 simple things White leaders can do now for more diversity. Click here

 
Board Bingo Download

Board Bingo Download

Board Bingo - Have fun in board meetings (while paying attention)

Want to spice up your board meetings?

At Mind the Gap we like to have fun. Did you see our BAD LIBS icebreaker on this page? Well now we want to make board meetings more fun. Download this tool and have some fun with it. Innovate and adapt it for your issue/cause/community. There are 12 pages so your whole board can have a different card!

 
Clinging to your job? Download the PDF!

Clinging to your job? Download the PDF!

When Should an Executive Director Leave?

One of the hardest questions for Executive Directors, has to do with knowing when you have outstayed your welcome. Ego, salary, lurching from big gala to big campaign, etc.

Download this two-page review of the things to consider when facing this decision.

 
Be Confident You Hired the Right Development Director

Be Confident You Hired the Right Development Director

How to Hire a Development Director: Use this Matrix

Do you know what competencies to look for in hiring a development director? Do you know how to weight each criteria? Do you want to see through the bull and charm offensive to make a logical decision on whom to hire? Download and adapt this tool!

 
Fundraising Pyramid

Fundraising Pyramid

Fundraising Pyramid - Great For Goal Setting

Anyone who fundraises can benefit from a great visual tool showing them how to raise major gifts. The Fundraising Pyramid shows how to structure the number of gifts you need in a year to hit your goal. Print, use, post, and reuse!

 
Get in Your Lane - Nonprofit Division of Labor

Get in Your Lane - Nonprofit Division of Labor

Get In Your Lane

Every nonprofit must have a strong understanding of who does what. When board members and staff cross lines, things get messy. Use this “Get in your Lane” infographic to get your organization in the right roles. Download it here.

 
Board Chair Excellence

Board Chair Excellence

Board Chair Trait Checklist

The board chair may be the most important role in your nonprofit. This tool can help you make sure that when you recruit or train a chair, these traits are a priority. If you are a chair, use this to develop/measure your own skills.

 
SMART Goals Worksheet

SMART Goals Worksheet

SMART Goals Worksheet

Even if you don’t have a strategic plan, goals are vital. Not all goals are created equal. Use this SMART Goals worksheet to step up your performance.

 
ED/Chair Check-in Sample Agenda

ED/Chair Check-in Sample Agenda

Sample Executive Director-Board Chair Meeting Agenda

Board Chairs and Executive Directors need to have a strong relationship. One key way to do this is by having regular bi-weekly check-ins. Here is a structured tool to ensure you are on the same page throughout the year.

 
Utilize your Board Advisors - Checklist

Utilize your Board Advisors - Checklist

How to Utilize your Board of Advisors

Many organizations have a board of advisors but most are underutilized. Here is a list of creative ways to engage your allies in the work of your organization.

 
Board Member Self-Evaluation

Board Member Self-Evaluation

Board Member Self-Evaluation

Sometimes it is critical for board members to take a good hard look at themselves to adjudicate their own contributions and performance. Use this tool and improve on it. It’s editable.

 

ProPublica Nonprofit Search Tool

“Use this database to view summaries of 3 million tax returns from tax-exempt organizations and see financial details such as their executive compensation and revenue and expenses. You can browse IRS data released since 2013 and access over 9.6 million tax filing documents going back as far as 2001.”

 
Operations Manual

Operations Manual

Operations Manual - Template

What if your executive director quit or died tomorrow? What if your office manager did? Where are the passwords? Why are we locked in a three-year copier lease? What laptops do we own? The Operations Manual is your guide to ensuring everything is in one place. Enjoy this editable version.