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  • CARES Act: Don’t overlook 2 valuable provisions

    Summer 2020
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    Word count: 328

    Abstract: The CARES Act includes two significant, though sometimes overlooked, provisions that could aid struggling organizations. This article highlights the refundable credit against payroll tax and the deferral of the payment of the employer share of the Social Security payroll tax.

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  • Making long-term decisions about working from home

    Summer 2020
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    Word count: 633

    Abstract: It can be a tough scenario to confront: First the nonprofit sends their employees home to work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they want to stay there permanently. This article explores whether an organization should allow its employees to work from home more than they have in the past. Advantages for the employees and the employer are discussed, as are trial runs.

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  • What your donors need to know about taxes and contributions

    Summer 2020
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    Word count: 751

    Abstract: The heightened fundraising needs many nonprofits are currently feeling make it important that potential donors understand the tax benefits they stand to reap. This article covers some of the advantages that should be conveyed to encourage their support.

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  • 5 steps for surviving tough economic times

    Summer 2020
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    Word count: 865

    Abstract: Lessons from past economic downturns give nonprofits a roadmap for surviving a recession or depression. This article discusses steps to take, including evaluating one’s financial position promptly, communicating needs clearly with those who can help, and considering alternative funding sources. A sidebar discusses the considerations involved in determining the right staffing decisions.

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  • Launch strategies to handle the new overtime rules

    Spring 2020
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    Word count: 239

    Abstract: New federal rules that took effect January 1, 2020, are expected to expand the pool of overtime-eligible employees by more than 1 million. With no exceptions for nonprofits, some are looking for ways to avoid overtime liability. Particularly eager are organizations with tight budgets that didn’t anticipate such costs. This article offers some strategies to cut overtime hours.

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  • Still struggling with how to account for contributions?

    Spring 2020
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    Word count: 783

    Abstract: After the FASB’s 2014 release of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, many nonprofits were confused about whether grants and similar contracts were covered by these new revenue recognition rules. The FASB’s subsequent issuance of ASU No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made, was intended to provide some helpful answers. But the second ASU apparently left a significant number of stakeholders with some questions, particularly regarding the effect of budget requirements and cost-sharing provisions. In response, the FASB has released a Q&A, which this article highlights.

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  • Effective altruism – Making their money count

    Spring 2020
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    Word count: 648

    Abstract: “How do I do the most good with my donation?” is a question many donors ask these days, as the social movement of effective altruism carries momentum into the 2020s. This article explains the philosophy behind the movement and sums up what skeptics have to say.

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  • Prepare now to handle a reputation-damaging crisis

    Spring 2020
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    Word count: 859

    Abstract: Many nonprofits take time to develop disaster plans in anticipation of natural disasters, active shooter situations and other harrowing events. They may not, however, think about handling crises such as sexual harassment or embezzlement allegations against a leader, a regrettable social media post or similar circumstances that could generate significant damage. This article focuses on pinpointing these types of risks, assembling a crisis management team and developing a crisis manual. A communication plan and transparency also are discussed. A sidebar spotlights postcrisis actions to restore the nonprofit’s reputation and prevent future crises.

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  • South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. – What this sales tax case means for nonprofits

    Winter 2020
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    Word count: 769

    Abstract: A 2018 landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court dramatically expanded the ability of states to impose sales tax collection obligations on out-of-state organizations that sell goods and services within their boundaries. Since then, state legislatures and municipalities have scrambled to pass laws targeting organizations that lack a physical presence in their jurisdictions. This article discusses how these laws could ensnare nonprofits that make taxable sales to those states — even if similar sales aren’t taxable in their home states.

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  • Collective impact initiatives rely on harmony

    Winter 2020
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    Word count: 693

    Abstract: Collective impact, an approach that’s growing among nonprofits, is more than just collaboration. Its originators describe the phrase as the commitment of a group of important players from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. That includes the not-for-profits themselves, government, businesses and constituent communities. This article discusses five prerequisites for successful initiatives and how to evaluate outcomes.

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  • Writing donation acknowledgment letters

    Winter 2020
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    Word count: 233

    Abstract: Sending thank-yous to donors doesn’t just make sense in terms of building and maintaining relationships. The IRS mandates that taxpayers substantiate single contributions of $250 or more with contemporaneous written acknowledgments. This article reviews what not-for-profits should include in those acknowledgments.

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  • Protect your exempt status in Election 2020

    Winter 2020
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    Word count: 839

    Abstract: Nonprofits that are tax-exempt as 501(c)(3) organizations, including charities and churches, are barred from participating or intervening in any political campaign for or against a candidate for public office. Organizations that violate the prohibition risk losing their tax-exempt status and could find themselves on the hook for an excise tax. This article discusses the rules governing elections and some politics-related activities and expenses that may be permissible depending on the facts and circumstances. A sidebar explains how “substantial” lobbying is not permissible either.

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  • FASB simplifies merger accounting for nonprofits

    Fall 2019
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    Word count: 755

    Abstract: The FASB recently issued guidance that should ease the financial reporting burden on nonprofits that enter “business combinations,” such as mergers and acquisitions. This article discusses some of the key provisions of ASU No. 2019-06. Opting for permissible accounting alternatives also is discussed.

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  • Keep these 5 points in mind when raising funds

    Fall 2019
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    Word count: 699

    Abstract: In today’s post–Tax Cuts and Jobs Act environment, certain fundraising techniques work best. This article highlights microdonations, donor-advised funds and donation “bunching,” among other approaches.

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  • Mandatory tax e-filings are right around the corner

    Fall 2019
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    Word count: 276

    Abstract: Under the newly enacted Taxpayer First Act, all nonprofits will soon need to file their returns electronically. Depending on the size of your organization, the requirement could take effect as soon as next year. This short article highlights the act’s requirements.

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  • Multiple income streams: The key to sustainability

    Fall 2019
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    Word count: 832

    Abstract: When the so-called Great Recession hit the nation over a decade ago, many nonprofits found themselves struggling to stay afloat financially. Not all of them survived. It’s only a matter of time until the country enters another recessionary period, so now’s the time to ensure that organizational revenue streams are sufficiently diverse. This article offers strategies for varying revenue sources; a road map for diversification is presented. A sidebar discusses “big guy” donors and how the meaning of “major donor” varies by organization.

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