Nonprofit Development

Community driven initiatives

that successfully attract,

engage and fundraise

Starting with the Peabody Education Fund in 1867, nonprofit entities have been earnestly developing and preserving public and private charitable endeavors, guided by some of the most passionate and influential leaders the world has ever seen. The purpose of a nonprofit organization is to make the world a better place by raising funds to donate and to make positive impacts on the community that they serve.

Nonprofit organizations are essential to the infrastructure of a community. They heavily contribute and impact a community’s economy, population and overall health. Because they are so often led by driven, vocal leaders, their influence cannot be overstated. These strong community relationships equate to a deep and penetrating knowledge of what is really happening. This critical knowledge can be transformational and effective for the other community leaders.

There are 29 types of nonprofit organizations. The most common classifications are:
501 (c) (1)

Corporations Organized under Act of Congress (including Federal Credit Unions)

501 (c) (2)

Title Holding Corporation For Exempt Organization

501 (c) (3)

Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals Organizations

Commonly referred to as a “charity”, 501 (c)(3) organizations are the most well known type of nonprofit organization. When it comes to the 501 (c)(3), there are three main categories:

Public Charities – The most common type. They can accept donations which are tax-deductible, they are governed by a board of directors and their funding primarily comes by way of fundraisers and donations.

Private Foundations – Often referred to as non-operating foundations, these do not have any active programs. The foundation is funded through an individual, a family, or a small group of donors donating their own money.

Private Operating Foundations – While similar to private foundations, they offer active programs like public charities.

501 (c) (4)

Civic Leagues, Social Welfare Organizations, and Local Associations of Employee

501 (c) (5)

Labor, Agricultural, and Horticultural Organizations

501 (c) (6)

Business Leagues, Chambers of Commerce, Real Estate Boards, etc

501 (c) (7)

Social and Recreational Clubs

A significant portion of Cowe Communications’ work is dedicated to developing nonprofit organizations.

Our team’s business and brand experience lends itself well to organizations looking to connect with the right people at the right time with the right message with the ultimate goal of successfully raising a lot of money, thus being able to make incredible contributions to the community they serve.

From small single person endeavors to global charities, Cowe Communications is uniquely positioned to meaningfully develop non profit organizations, not only from beginning to end, but from the inside out as well.


  • Nonprofit Formation
  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Organizational Assessments
  • Development Audits
  • Brand Development
  • Multi-Channel Communications
  • Program Assessment and Planning
  • Event Planning and Management

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Top 10 Largest Charities

in the united states

United Way

Mission Statement: United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Feeding America

Mission Statement: Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

The Task Force for Global Health

Mission Statement: To solve large-scale health problems affecting vulnerable populations around the world and to build sustainable systems that protect and promote health.

Salvation Army

Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Mission Statement: The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

American National Red Cross

Mission Statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Direct Relief

Mission Statement: Making sure the courage of health workers on the front lines is honored with meaningful support, and the people most at risk in this pandemic are cared for – regardless of politics, religion, or ability to pay.

Habitat for Humanity

Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

YMCA of the USA

Mission Statement:  To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Americares Foundation

Mission Statement: To prevent disease and promote good health in vulnerable communities, Americares supports, designs and implements disease prevention and health education efforts that connect local clinics and hospitals with the communities they serve.