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The National Non-Profit Resource Center (NNPRC) provides services to non-profit organizations to help them create sustainable programs and be more effective at serving their communities. We help those who help others. Find a list of the services we provide under our NP Services tab, or click on the subjects below to learn more about us.

Our Story

Over the past dozen years, I have helped many non-profit organizations with creating programs, revising mission statements and vision plans, recruiting and training board members, and, of course, raising money. It’s my turn to apply these proven practices in non-profit management to my own non-profit, which I have founded to help struggling organizations stave off insolvency, and to help well established non-profits improve their donor marketing and revenue.

If you are volunteering or working with a non-profit organization, please share this site with your organization. We will update articles and resources to help non-profits become more successful. If you are not already volunteering or working with a non-profit, what are you waiting for? To improve your community; to care for ‘the least of these’ as the Bible refers to those who are hungry, sick, and in need of clothing and shelter; and to protect the environment, wildlife, and so much more, you really should find a cause, volunteer your time, join a board, and get involved.

We’ll help you become more successful at helping others, too.

We help those who help others.

Mission

Our mission is to provide resources to non-profit organizations and families in crisis to empower and equip them to maximize their fund raising efforts through building a strong foundation, developing donor marketing and coordinating donor cultivation.

The National Non-Profit Resource Center was founded by Stephen A. Forbus, who after running a successful for-profit consulting agency for non-profit management saw a need for struggling non-profits to build their capacity before they could realistically engage in successful fundraising techniques. The NNPRC was formed to help non-profit organizations with consulting services and fundraising expertise, but to also help non-profit organizations who are stuck in the catch-22 situation of needing money to build capacity, and needing capacity to raise more money.

Based on the non-profit management practices and fundraising successes of ProFundraisers, Inc., the consulting agency started by Mr. Forbus, the NNPRC provides services in donor marketing, grant research and writing, donor acquisition and cultivation, fundraising event planning, annual appeals, and major gift and capital campaigns. Additionally, the NNPRC provides services in mission and vision planning, board development, program development, partnership creation, and all of the best practices in non-profit management that build organizational capacity. When a non-profit has strong organizational capacity, it is prepared to begin a sustainable donor development plan.

Finally, over the years we have had families ask us about fundraising — families who face a financial crisis due to the death or illness of a spouse, or a serious illness and medical expenses for a child. For these families, who must meet eligibility requirements, we offer a 501(c)(3) pass-through organization, plus advice in how to maximize their fundraising efforts.

Heart and Vision

We enjoy helping the community grow by helping non-profit organizations succeed. Vicariously, we help feed the homeless, prevent school violence, educate immigrants and refugees, treat the mentally ill, shelter battered women, provide after school care, provide quality education to youth, protect the environment, rescue animals, advance the arts, redevelop communities, find cures for diseases, and so much more. Stephen Forbus, founder of NNPRC, saw a need among small and mid-sized non-profits who needed the help of a professional development director, but could not afford to hire an experienced development officer full time. NNPRC is the out-source development department that non-profits need to build capacity and raise more money.

At NNPRC, we want non-profit organizations to succeed in meeting the needs of the community, raising donor support that will expand their services, training volunteers in effective fundraising principles, and marketing themselves to their clients and their donors. And when non-profits do not have the foundation necessary to be successful at fundraising, we help build their organizational capacity. We are enriching the community through the organizations we serve.

Philosophy

The primary philosophy that we hold is that healthy donors are not born over night, they are nurtured and cultivated through being made partners with the organization and through education about the needs of the organization. More than eighty percent of all charitable giving comes from individual donors, and another seven percent comes from bequests, or those same donors after they have died. Only eleven percent of charitable giving comes from foundations, grants and government funding. This means that successful fundraising over the long haul depends on actively and successfully cultivating individuals from impulsive givers, to habitual givers, to thoughtful and generous partners.

Commitment

Our faith and commitment is based on a simple idea: To treat others as we would want to be treated. Our purpose can best be summarized by the following story. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:34-40

Founder’s Bio

People often ask me, “How long have you been working with non-profits?” The short answer is, “All my life.” I have a sister who was born with severe brain-damage/mental retardation, and she’s only 18 months younger than me. I grew up volunteering in her school. Beginning in fifth grade, I would ride my bike to her school and help children with eating, playing, and whatever their teachers needed. I continued to be a volunteer throughout grade school, junior high, high school, and college. 

I attended LIFE Bible College in Los Angeles to enter into ministry, and continued to work with church groups, my sister’s school, and other charitable organizations. My wife and I moved to the east coast so that I could continue my education, and just after I enrolled in seminary my wife and I were involved in a car accident, which has left her disabled to this day. It soon became apparent I needed to return to work full-time, so I left school and turned my part-time job into a full-time job, working in Information Technology for a major international law firm. All the while, I continued to be active in volunteer fund raising activities.

After helping to complete a Y2K project (remember that, huh?), I was offered another position within my firm to assist our London office. I opted for a severance package, instead, and went to the pastor of my church and said, “I can volunteer full-time for the next six months, what would you like me to do?” I helped with fundraising activities for our Christian school and community ministries. When 9-11 made fund raising more difficult due to “donor fatigue,” I continued to have success raising funds for various ministry projects. Friends in the non-profit world asked me how. I began giving away my advice to other non-profit groups, until I realized a need for small and mid-sized non-profit organizations to have access to a Director of Development without the full-time expense. 

In 2003 I started ProFundraisers Inc., and have been fortunate to raise millions of dollars over the years to shelter battered women, feed the hungry, provide housing for homeless women & children, teach immigrants & refugees how to speak and read English, provide before and after school programs, promote the arts, rescue homeless animals, care for children with autism, and much, much more. It’s my passion, even my ministry, to help non-profit organizations obtain the funds they need to meet their goals and fulfill their missions.

In 2012, I began working with a non-profit client that helped families in crisis, that is to say families who due to the death or illness of a spouse or medical expenses for a child needed help raising money. I convinced this organization to let me raise money that could be used to share my services with families at little or no cost to them. This inspired me to take it a step further, and raise money to help non-profit organizations who needed capacity building in order to raise money, but needed money in order to build their capacity. So, in 2014, I started the National Non-Profit Resource Center.
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