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July 30, 2018

Humans begin telling stories soon after they learn the basic concepts of speech, with most 3- and 4-year-olds able to tell many stories, including autobiographies, fiction, and stories they have overheard. My 3-year-old son definitely cannot read yet, but he can tell you his favorite trains story from cover to cover.

So if we humans are wired to appreciat...

June 25, 2018

It makes sense: a potential funder that you’re asking to invest in your mission not only wants to know what your organization does, how it does it, and the theory or logic behind why what your programs do should successfully help people (or animals, or the environment) – they’re also going to want quantifiable proof that your organization actually does he...

May 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to find a mentor? As children, it seems like everything we do is guided by someone helping us, whether it is a parent, a teacher, or a coach. As we get older there is a shift; we learn to make our own choices and to follow our own paths. But we still want and need guidance, which will most likely come from a mentor who can help...

March 30, 2018

So you’re excited to start your next development position. Or, conversely, you’ve just hired a new Development Director and you’re pumped that this person will help your organization raise tons of money and world peace will finally be achieved!

Note: This blog is written to the new development staff person, but it applies just as equally to the organizatio...

February 22, 2018

As Denver and 19 other cities throughout North America wait to hear from Amazon about where their second headquarters, or “HQ2” will be located, we at ZIM wanted to dive into the pros and cons of HQ2 for Denver’s nonprofit community.


  1. Creating 50,000 new jobs—with an average salary of $100,000—could create 50,000 new potential donors. Development p...

January 24, 2018

We are approaching our favorite time of year – Girl Scout cookie season! We want to buy all the cookies, but we also want to take the opportunity to talk about earned income streams for nonprofits, and why every nonprofit should have one.

Bringing in over $800 million in a cookie season, Girl Scout cookies is one of the best-known nonprofit earned income r...

December 21, 2017

Whatever your political beliefs, the passing of the new tax law leaves many non-profits concerned for the future. The way the bill is structured may provide sweeping changes to the non-profit industry. It is likely that there will still be a number of changes to the tax laws via waivers, court challenges, etc. However, the key factor as of right now is ho...

December 19, 2017

Before there was Giving Tuesday, the Centennial State embraced its nonprofits with Colorado Gives Day. Starting in 2010, Community First Foundation made a commitment in partnership with 1STBank to encourage charitable giving through this annual statewide movement. Each year, donations from individuals to participating nonprofits get boosted by a $1 millio...

November 17, 2017

Many nonprofits think of crowdfunding as an easy strategy to gain new donors, raise money, and increase awareness of the organization’s cause. But a successful campaign is rare and takes a significant amount of time and resources to accomplish. ZIM breaks down whether you should undertake a crowdfunding campaign, what you need to know before you start, an...

October 19, 2017

All grant writers are familiar with submitting attachments with their proposals. But, while it is easy to find lots of tips on grant writing, it’s not always clear what the “best practices” are for creating these attachments.

Here is ZIM’s list of standard attachments you should have and a timeline of when they should be completed. The list is based on the...

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