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Nonprofit Management
September 21, 2022
Working on a team requires more than just hard work, morale amongst co-workers, and willingness to work with others. The most important yet often ignored that attributes to ...
Read MoreAboutHow to Improve Communication Strategies with Your Team
Nonprofit Management
May 20, 2022
Here at UST, we aim to create content designed to educate 501(c)(3) nonprofit leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector. As part of our on-going commitment to serve nonpro...
Read MoreAboutOn-Demand Webinars: HR Strategies and Risk Management Tactics
Nonprofit Management
March 04, 2022
In the latest rendition of UST Live, we were joined by thought leaders from across the U.S. with expertise in nonprofit advocacy.
Read MoreAbout[Webinar Recording] UST Live: Advocacy & Legislative Support for Nonprofits
Nonprofit Management
February 10, 2022
The grantmaking process is often exclusive and expensive, making it accessible to those select nonprofits with the right expertise and networks, which can be costly for orga...
Read MoreAboutFour Ways to Create an Equitable Grantmaking Process
Nonprofit Management
January 27, 2022
Today's increasingly virtual landscape—along with the workforce's evolving strategic priorities—has not only changed how we work, but i...
Read MoreAboutEmployee Engagement and Nonprofit Brand Strategies
Nonprofit Management
January 24, 2022
Members are a vital key to success when sustaining and growing your association and retaining those members ensures a long-term survival of your nonprofit organization.
Read MoreAboutFive Best Practices to Improve Nonprofit Member Retention
Nonprofit Management
December 09, 2021
Nonprofit managers are relied upon to not only lead productive teams, hold employees accountable, and manage processes but are also expected to engage and motivate employees...
Read MoreAbout2021 Nonprofit Leadership Toolkit
Nonprofit Management
November 19, 2021
Whether you’re aspiring to be an executive leader, get promoted into a director’s position, or even launch your own nonprofit—rarely there are clearly defined pat...
Read MoreAboutHow to Grow into a Nonprofit Leader
Nonprofit Management
October 28, 2021
A strong leadership team is vital to the success of any nonprofit organization—without it you risk reduced productivity, delayed decisions, and low morale.
Read MoreAbout2021 Employer Guide: Nonprofit Leadership Development

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HR Knowledge
September 23, 2022
If you want to be an effective leader, you must have strong communications skills and a good amount of composure.
Read MoreAboutThe Do’s and Don’ts of Difficult Conversations
HR Knowledge
September 08, 2022
HR Question: Can I ban cell phones at work? How about audio and video recordings?
Read MoreAboutHR Question: Banning Personal Electronics
HR Knowledge
August 26, 2022
Leadership development is an attractive benefit that is becoming commonplace in the current job market.
Read MoreAboutOffer Development to Groom Current (and Future) Leaders
HR Knowledge
August 12, 2022
Question: What are effective ways to manage remote employees and monitor their work? 
Read MoreAboutHR Question: Managing Remote Employees
HR Management
July 21, 2022
A major shift has been underway, fundamentally altering, when, where, and how work occurs. As organizations adjust to today’s new hybrid workplace, collaboration among team ...
Read MoreAboutFive Tips for Successfully Leading a Hybrid Workforce
HR Knowledge
July 15, 2022
As of early 2020, the nonprofit employment sector is reported to be the third largest in the nation, following manufacturing and retail. Job statistics will no doubt remain ...
Read MoreAboutHire and Develop Managers People Want to Work For
HR Knowledge
July 08, 2022
Online trainings can be a useful tool for developing talent, but they can also end up being a waste of time and resources, even if the content and presentation are good.
Read MoreAboutHR Question: Ensuring Your Online Training Strategies Are Effective
HR Knowledge
June 30, 2022
Without the staff to support your mission-driven initiatives nonprofits across the globe wouldn’t exist.
Read MoreAboutCelebrate Success in the Workplace to Increase Engagement
HR Knowledge
June 24, 2022
Employees are the backbone of every nonprofit and your most valuable asset—contributing to the overall success (or failure) of your organization.
Read MoreAboutHow to Help Employees with Career Development
HR Knowledge
June 17, 2022
Modern benefits are indeed useful for retention but that is not the whole story. To be fully engaged, nonprofit employees need to feel they have a say in what goes on at wor...
Read MoreAboutSolicit Involvement for Employee Engagement Initiatives

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8 Simple Nonprofit Cost Cutting Ideas

Working on a restricted budget isn’t easy. But you can take some simple cost-cutting measures to free up some more dollars for your mission. Here are UST’s top 8:

1. Get discounts by joining a nonprofit association. You can find one here. Most associations offer their members special benefits and discounts on everything from office supplies to insurance. In fact, UST is partnered with 80 national and state nonprofit associations whose members receive a waived enrollment fee when they join UST.

2. Get group discounts and share resources. If you can combine orders with other nonprofits or companies you work with or who share your building, you’ll receive better bulk pricing on all kinds of products. You can also share the costs of maintenance with others in the same building. You may even consider piggybacking on local businesses by asking if you can include your fundraising materials in their mailings. They may welcome the good will it generates for their company.

3. Is your organization a 501(c)(3)? Are there 10 or more full-time employees? If you answered yes to both, be sure to check out UST’s alternative to paying into the state unemployment tax system. It can save thousands annually because you no longer share in the state’s pooled tax system that is often driven by for-profit companies’ unemployment claims. Watch the one-minute informational video.

4. Save on printing. Today most people are used to receiving electronic communications in lieu of bulky printed pieces in the mail. Direct mail may still be an important part of your fundraising, but perhaps you can move to an e-newsletter to cut down on printing or provide electronic versions of your board book for board meetings. You can also use lower-weight paper to reduce printing and postage costs.

5. Try teleconferencing more often. Sometimes a video or phone conference is all you need to nail down specifics of a discussion, and it will save you big time on travel costs. (It works for job candidates and board members too!)

6. Save on employee training. Use videos, online training and/or another employee to provide training to new and existing employees. Self-paced training is typically best received by employees. And if you’re already a member of UST, you receive hundreds of online training courses for free through ThinkHR, which saves you about $6,000 annually.

7. Use public relations and social media to get free publicity. Talk to local media about covering an upcoming event, or provide guest columns or blogs to be published. And yes, you must be in the Twitter-verse nowadays for free PR. Don’t have an expert on staff? Recent college grads are a good place to look for social media expertise. Just make sure for interns or new hires that you create a social media policy so they don’t accidentally tarnish your reputation.

8. Use your board. Your board members should be part of your fundraising strategy. They should be able to help find sponsors for your events, and they shouldn’t be afraid to make the “ask” during fundraising season. In addition, they should be helping you find service providers and individuals who can provide the goods and services you need.

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