Nonprofit Observer

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  • Desperately seeking sponsors – How to boost support for your annual event

    Summer 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 791

    Abstract: Professional organizations’ annual conferences and nonprofits’ annual galas are prime opportunities to raise funds and gain publicity. These events, however, often represent large line items in a nonprofit’s expense column. Sponsors — individuals and companies that help foot the bill through cash or in-kind participation — can take some of the financial pressure off organizations. This article offers a number of tips to help find the right sponsors and ensure a mutually beneficial relationship. A sidebar shows how to boost the visibility of sponsors.

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  • 5 steps to better delegation

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 567

    Abstract: Done well, task delegation allows an individual to focus on his or her most important tasks, helps to build bench strength in an organization and gets staffers out of the office before midnight. This article outlines five general steps for improving delegation: Choose tasks wisely, pick the right person, perfect the handoff, keep in touch (sparingly) and acknowledge the help.

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  • Creating a solid investment policy

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Weak economic fundamentals and volatile financial markets make having a written investment policy more important than ever. This article explains the basic objective of an investment policy: to ensure that an organization’s money works as hard as it can for as long as it can. It also guides organizations through the process of listing objectives and allowable investments, developing policies for accountability and managing extraordinary losses.

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  • Maximizing matching funds – Don’t miss out on a major source of support

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 792

    Abstract: Even in a souring economy, many companies still match their employees’ donations to certain charitable organizations as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts. This article discusses ways nonprofits can tap this potential bounty by properly training staffers, compiling lists of local companies that match, and creating their own matching funds pools led by board members and major supporters.

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  • How your nonprofit can survive the current economic crisis

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1139

    Abstract: In many cases, nonprofits are hit even harder than other sectors when the economy sours, and the current economic crisis could spell doom for some organizations. This article provides tips for weathering the storm. They include enlisting the help of boards, staff and outside advisors; increasing donor contact, particularly with long-term and financially generous supporters; and closely reviewing expenses for both large and small costs that can be cut.

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  • 403(b) plans: What recent changes mean for your nonprofit

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 471

    Abstract: New 403(b) plan regulations go into effect for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2009. This article discusses the revisions made by the Department of Labor to the 2009 Form 5500 and how expanded reporting requirements may compel many previously unaudited 403(b) plans to be audited.

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  • 5 strategies for more effective member surveys

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 327

    Abstract: The short article provides tips on maximizing the effectiveness of member surveys by focusing on key objectives during every stage of the process. Tips include keeping a clear focus and sense of purpose while designing the survey, and communicating results with participants in a timely manner.

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  • It’s OK to lobby – Just be sure to follow IRS rules

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 566

    Abstract: Lobbying can be a powerful strategy to raise awareness, mobilize members and attract media attention. But nonprofits must make sure their lobbying activities don’t exceed the scope allowed by the IRS. This article explains which activities are acceptable — including advocacy, which involves discussing broad policy issues — and which ones can jeopardize an organization’s nonprofit status, such as asking a legislator to vote a certain way.

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  • Form 990: The next steps

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 794

    Abstract: After years of review and revision, the much-discussed redesigned Form 990 is no longer a theoretical entity that nonprofits will have to deal with “some day.” Some day is now. This article provides guidance on completing the form and explains how nonprofits can use its new parts, such as the summary section, to their best advantage.

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  • Combating financial illiteracy – What your board members and employees need to know

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 857

    Abstract: Nonprofit leaders must ensure that everyone in their organization who makes major decisions on its behalf understands basic financial concepts — particularly their board of directors, who have a fiduciary responsibility to regularly review the nonprofit’s finances to ensure proper management. This article outlines core concepts for financial literacy, including accounting methods, best budgeting practices and reporting requirements.

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