Making the Case:
How to Write a Comprehensive Case
Statement For a Non-Profit Organization
Luke 14:28. For which of you,
desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost,
whether he has enough to complete it? ... 31. Or what
king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and
take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes
against him with twenty thousand?
oldest New Testament text has finally been released to the public.
You may read the Codex Sinaiticus online - but only if you
know Greek! To read it in
English, you need the only English translation we know.
The H. T.
Anderson English Translation
of the Codex Sinaiticus, with the three extra early New
Testament books and the Sonnini Manuscript of Acts 29 included, and
the original absences of certain verses (put in there later by the
'church') is now available only at here.
THIS IS NOT A
CHEAP, SCANNED-IN FACSIMILE. This is a first edition of the text
published in easy-to-read Georgia font with plenty of room between
verses for your notes.2 points between verses, hard or soft cover.
Ever wonder why
PAUL and not PETER received the
to the lost tribes? Wasn't Peter the stone upon which the
"church" was to be built? In this new translation of the
Nazarene Acts, we follow Kefa (Peter) as he itinerates from
Jerusalem and up the Mediterranean coast up to Tripoli, as recorded
in the journals of his successor, Clement of Rome (Phi 4:3).
Every message Kefa preached, the company he kept, and the great
works of faith the the Almighty accomplished through him are herein
recorded. This 300 page volume has been 'hidden' in the back
of an obscure volume of the "Church Fathers" all this time.
Could it be that, in establishing the Gentile 'church' by pushing
away from Judaism, this history was purposely hidden?
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Developed By: Strategy Plus/Jerry O. Roberg
A Case statement is the first document that you will need
to develop for your non-profit strategy. It is the single most important
document because all other marketing and ministry documentation will be
developed around your Case Statement. Developing a strong Case Statement
is the spring-board in all other development activities, such as
WEB SITE- DEVELOPMENT
SPECIAL EVENT STRATEGY
DIRECT MAIL STRATEGY
GRANT PROPOSAL STRATEGY
Most Frequently ask
1. What is a Case Statement?
A Case statement is a Dynamic Document that:
Includes your Statement of Purpose, Vision
Statement, and Mission Statement.
Documents a comprehensive needs assessment of your local
States clearly, whom you want to help.
Constructs a clear and decisive argument for the need of
your services and defines how you will do what you do best.
Documents how long you've been in existence.
Documents how you will change and impact the identified
needs you assessed in your local community.
States how your organization will make a difference in
the community you serve. (How will you change lives?)
Includes documentation of the demographics of the
population you intend to serve.
Who are they?
Where do they live?
How did they get into their present situation?
What is the segmented of population?
2. What is the purpose of a Case
A Case Statement is a living document that you must have
on file at all times. It is important for your Board of Directors and your
Donor Development Department to understand, who you are and what you
intend to do to make a difference in your community. A case statement is
essential to the future success of the organization in raising major
funds. This document is crucial for any other proposals that might be
written in the future, such as grants to Foundations or proposals to
churches or corporations.
3. How will it help our cause?
Those from whom you request large sums of money will
demand to know that your have done your homework. Foundations require this
information as well as other government agencies. When you approach a
church or a private corporation, they will need to have access to the
information contained in a well-documented Case Statement.
4. To whom should I provide a
Give it only to those who request it. This document, when
completed, should fill a notebook. It would be expensive to reproduce.
Your Board of Directors should have a copy; however your President, CEO
and Donor Development Department must also have this document close at
5. What do I do first?
First, make sure that your organization has a
comprehensive yet simply stated" Statement of Purpose. This
statement needs to clearly define what your organization is all about. It
should be short and concise.
6. How often should I rewrite my
At least once a year� or whenever your vision changes or
evolves. This document can be filed on your computer so you can make
copies as needed. Make sure that your have a copy backed up on a disk
COMPREHENSIVE CASE STATEMENT
Maps of the County showing all major Cities you serve.
Demographic data population, and local large companies.
(Chamber of Commerce)
A. Wealth ratings within certain demographic areas in your Community.
B. Housing Costs.
List all County and Government Agencies that currently
serve in your Community.
A. Names of other non-profit organization that serve in your
community. Names address and phone numbers.
B. Define their interaction with your organization.
C. Insert a list of Churches that serve in the community and describe
their function and community involvement.
List of City and County officials "Mayor, City Counsel
Members, County supervisor, with name, address, telephone, FAX numbers
and e-mail address.
List of United States Congressmen and House of
Representatives with name, address, telephone, FAX numbers and e-mail
Statement of Purpose
Strategic Vision Statement
Mission Statement "Your Objective".
Research and Needs Assessment
Beginning the Proposal
Show a clear and concise Vision of your organization
Explain the community's need.
Mention your organization's strengths.
Show what your need in order to fill the need. "Be
Details, Details, and more Details - Have a clear
detailed plan for meeting the needs of those you serve.
Who will evaluate the program?
What criteria will be used?
During what time frame will the program evaluation take
What does the community need?
How can your program fill that need?
What do you need in order to fill the community's need?
Find a "Funder" with the same or similar vision.
Research the funding source.
Make phone contact if allowed to clarify their current
Include letters from collaborating organizations stating:
What you do for them
What they do for you
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Document Financial Stability
IRS 501 ( c ) (3) Determination.
Tax returns filed.
Audited if budget is over $350,000.
Verified by two officers if budget is over $350,000.
Copy of your current yearly projected budget.
List of funds received/requested from other sources.