Nonprofit Observer

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  • Red Flags Rule applies to nonprofits, too

    Spring 2010
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    Word count: 348

    Abstract: After several delays, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans to begin enforcement of its “Red Flags Rule” on June 1. Although they typically don’t fall under the FTC’s jurisdiction, nonprofits that extend consumer credit are likely subject to the rule, which was developed to help prevent and detect identity theft. Those that are subject will need to develop a written identity theft prevention program.

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  • Measuring effectiveness – Are overhead ratios becoming a thing of the past?

    Spring 2010
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    Word count: 685

    Abstract: Overhead ratios represent the percentage of funds nonprofits spend on administration and fundraising vs. programs. But this metric has traditionally been used by charity watchdog groups as a proxy for overall effectiveness. This has led some organizations to underreport their nonprogram costs and neglect making critical infrastructure investments. In response to growing discontent with overhead ratios, watchdog groups and nonprofit leaders are beginning to consider broader measures of nonprofit effectiveness.

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  • How to keep bad apples from spoiling your board

    Spring 2010
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    Word count: 612

    Abstract: Most nonprofit board members understand their roles and are dedicated to working in a cooperative spirit to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. But one rogue member can easily hinder the effectiveness of a board — and its organization. Most disruptive board behavior probably can be classified as merely annoying or insensitive, but immediate action is warranted when a board member betrays confidentiality or pursues a personal agenda. Nonprofits are encouraged to thoroughly screen prospective members and regularly monitor meetings to spot signs of trouble before they get out of control.

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  • Save money and improve efficiency with a strategic alliance

    Spring 2010
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    Word count: 828

    Abstract: Having to do more — a lot more — with less is almost every nonprofit’s biggest challenge these days. One of the best ways to meet this challenge is by doubling up, or forming a strategic alliance with another nonprofit, government entity or for-profit company. These impermanent alliances can help slash expenses and introduce new perspectives, but both groups need to consider many issues, including fundamental values, before joining forces.. A sidebar discusses “the tool of last resort” — a legal merger.

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  • The pros of being proactive with the IRS

    Winter 2010
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    Word count: 563

    Abstract: As long as an IRS examiner isn’t knocking at the door asking specific questions, many nonprofit leaders don’t volunteer information. In some cases, however, it could be to their advantage to do just that. If, for example, a mistake is uncovered in a filing, taking a proactive stance with the IRS can help minimize potential hassles and penalties. It’s important to get professional advice, learn the facts, and keep a sense of perspective. The IRS is likely to be more amenable to finding a solution for nonprofits that approach it voluntarily.

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  • Managing payroll: In-house vs. outsourcing

    Winter 2010
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    Word count: 417

    Abstract: At a time when many nonprofits are scrutinizing every line item in their budgets, one item in the crosshairs is payroll processing. But the decision regarding whether to bring payroll back in-house should be studied from every angle. Who will manage it? Are there sufficient checks and balances ? What about technological capabilities? Before deciding that a payroll vendor is one of those costs that can be cut, it’s important to remember that they provide expertise and experience that may not necessarily exist in-house.

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  • Audits are essential to your organization’s well-being

    Winter 2010
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    Word count: 730

    Abstract: Audits take considerable time and effort, but they provide nonprofits with fair assessments of their financial health, in addition to revealing vulnerabilities such as weak internal controls, insufficient cash reserves and poor investment policies. And although the newly revised IRS Form 990 doesn’t mandate them, the IRS does ask organizations to discuss their audit activities, as well as the role their board plays in them. This article looks at the difference between internal and external audits, the role of the audit committee, and how to prepare for an audit.

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  • What makes governance “good”? A checklist for nonprofits

    Winter 2010
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    Word count: 684

    Abstract: “Good governance” is one of the hottest topics in the nonprofit world these days. Nonprofits have been strongly encouraged to adopt certain Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulations, and the IRS has revised Form 990 to include several questions regarding governance policies. What’s more, the increasing power of charity watchdog groups means that nonprofits must try to put a responsible face forward to the public. This article offers a checklist of recommendations that a nonprofit’s board might follow, including forming an audit committee and regularly reviewing risk exposure. A sidebar discusses what constitutes “reasonable” executive compensation.

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  • Why you should take social networking seriously

    Fall 2009
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    Word count: 452

    Abstract: Social networking sites are sometimes considered useful for only personal, non-business, purposes. But the reality is that many nonprofits are using social media effectively. An organization that isn’t part of this group may be missing the boat on a no- to low-cost way to spread its message, engage its audience and gain new followers quickly and efficiently — among both younger and older users.

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  • 6 ways to keep board members focused in unfocused times

    Fall 2009
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    Word count: 590

    Abstract: With increasing financial and other pressures on nonprofits, a nonprofit’s board needs to be focused and engaged like never before. But the reality is that board members may be facing challenges in their own work and financial lives. So when board members meet to go over an in-the-red budget, their stress levels are already likely to be high. Fortunately, by making just six adjustments to its normal routine, a nonprofit can help maintain its board’s productivity.

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  • Write a grant proposal like you mean it

    Fall 2009
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    Word count: 637

    Abstract: As investment portfolios have dramatically declined in value and donations have dried up, grant-making organizations have had to scale back the amounts they can award to deserving applicants. So sloppy grant proposals are even less likely to hit their mark now. To compete successfully for these diminishing funds, nonprofits’ proposals should be succinct and focus on the essentials, and applicants must pay attention to details such as accurate numbers and deadlines.

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  • Budget cuts: Don’t make internal controls one of them

    Fall 2009
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    Word count: 765

    Abstract: These days, most nonprofits are tightening their budgets to ensure that they’re operating as cost effectively as possible. But certain items should never be neglected just to save a little money today — and one of the most important is adherence to internal controls. This article discusses necessary controls and why outside advice is necessary to protect against fraud. A sidebar looks at the Federal Trade Commission’s red flag rules for fighting identity theft that are scheduled to take effect on Nov. 1, 2009.

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  • New rules for bulk mailings

    Summer 2009
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    Word count: 326

    Abstract: This short article discusses new requirements and procedures stemming from the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. Paying attention to these changes can help nonprofits achieve the most favorable pricing and delivery efficiency when addressing, sorting and bundling bulk mail.

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  • Interns: To pay or not to pay

    Summer 2009
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    Word count: 582

    Abstract: Before nonprofits search for an intern, they must carefully consider whether they can pay that person — and how much. Decisions made regarding job responsibilities and pay can affect the type of interns an organization attracts, the results it gets and, perhaps most important, whether it’s in compliance with labor laws.

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  • Policies are at the heart of good governance

    Summer 2009
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    Word count: 594

    Abstract: The new Form 990 opens the door to a whole host of governance questions, including those posed in Part VI: Government, Management and Disclosure. The government doesn’t yet require nonprofits to implement these policies. However, they should consider putting policies in place before it does. This article lists specific target areas of Form 990, and four types of policies with broad applicability: conflict of interest, whistleblower, document retention and destruction, and chief executive compensation.

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  • Helping your staff cope with economic uncertainty

    Summer 2009
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    Word count: 500

    Abstract: Staffers are likely to be as concerned as their organizations’ leaders about the future of their nonprofit, its constituents and their own future employment. Now more than ever, frequent and honest communication is essential. Otherwise, top performers might look for greener pastures or worse, become paralyzed with worry and stop doing their jobs well.

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