Why Tiny Opera House

This is the first of a series of posts that will give backstory and gravity to the mission of Tiny Opera House. And it all starts with a simple question: Why? Why should we support small and startup nonprofits? And why do we need any more nonprofit organizations? Why Tiny … Read More

The Basics and Strategy of Running a Small Nonprofit

Our first program in the Small & Startup Nonprofit Academy reviewed the basics of what is this nonprofit thing anyways and helped participants think about strategic planning, both for themselves as humans and for their organizations. Check out the presentation materials below, or check out our video on YouTube! Basics … Read More

Fundraising and Grants for Small Nonprofits

For the fourth program in our free 8-week training course for startup and small nonprofits, we talked about effective fundraising and grant strategies, and how things look different when you’re raising money for a new organization. You can download the presentation below, or check out our video on YouTube! e-Mail … Read More

Financial Management for Small Nonprofits – Part Two

For the third program in our free 8-week training course for startup and small nonprofits, we’ll take things to the next level and learn about budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow projections. Check out our nonprofit budget template Check out our cash flow template You can download our presentation below, or … Read More

Do you need to send 1099s from your nonprofit?

Whether you’re a calendar year or fiscal year filer, January will prompt a number of organizational due-dates for your nonprofit. One of these that you’re likely to face, as a small organization without much in the way of payroll, are filing requirements for 1099 and 1096 forms. You’ve probably received … Read More

Creating New Nonprofit Branding Resources On Your Own

So you’ve got a logo for your nonprofit, and you’ve even got some standard colors and fonts. What if you need something new that matches with your overall branding? Here are some insights to using your logo, standard font, and color palette to create dozens of visual options that reinforce … Read More

Where do logos come from?

Every organization needs a logo, and unless you’ve got some fancy background in graphic design, you’ll probably need to pay a designer to make one for your nonprofit. But it’s worth it – because you’ll be using your logo a lot ( and we’re here to help make sure you … Read More

Last Minute, Crash Course #GivingTuesday Guide

So you forgot to plan something for #GivingTuesday, and now it’s next week! Well we’ve got you covered – with a crash course on setting up a winning last-minute #GivingTuesday fundraiser that will look like you’ve been planning it all year. So excuse yourself from the Thanksgiving table early, we’ve … Read More

Smart Nonprofit Branding with a Color Palette

Think of the red in Coca Cola, or the orange in Home Depot, or the blue in Facebook. These colors represent the brand of those organizations as much as the logos and names themselves. Choosing, and more importantly using, a standard set of colors helps reinforce the brand your nonprofit … Read More

How Fonts Reinforce Your Nonprofit Brand

A picture is worth a thousand words, but you’ll still use words a lot. And how those words look is a key piece of your visual identity. Fonts are a fun thing to research ( nerd alert ) and there are a ton of blogs where designers talk about their … Read More

Using a Style Guide for your Nonprofit Brand

A style guide is a reference tool that shows the key components of your visual identity in one, easily accessible document so you always have the specifics. It’s something that you’ll have open when working on any collateral document so you can add in your fonts and colors as needed. … Read More