Nonprofit Observer

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  • IRS offers nonprofits new transportation benefits guidance

    Spring 2019
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    Word count: 500

    Abstract: Effective January 1, 2018, nonprofit employers became subject to tax on transportation fringe benefits provided to employees. This article summarizes recently released IRS guidance on the topic. The article points out that many organizations will be required to make tax calculations using methodologies that aren’t fully defined.

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  • Best practices for effective board meeting minutes

    Spring 2019
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    Word count: 627

    Abstract: Meeting minutes may seem like the least important aspect of your nonprofit’s board meetings, but they’re critical to protecting your organization and demonstrating your directors’ proper execution of fiduciary duty. This article provides tips on preparing clear and comprehensive minutes. A sidebar talks about documenting closed-door executive sessions.

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  • Should your nonprofit join the shared space revolution?

    Spring 2019
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    Word count: 520

    Abstract: Sharing space with other organizations is a major trend in the nonprofit sector. As this article explains, even established charities can enjoy lower costs, greater flexibility and new opportunities to collaborate. However, not all nonprofits can successfully share space. The article provides a couple of examples of these.

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  • Take cybercrime seriously – Your donors’ identities depend on it

    Spring 2019
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    Word count: 829

    Abstract: Financial transactions increasingly are being conducted online — and that includes charitable donations. For nonprofits without the appropriate IT infrastructure and security policies, this means greater cybercrime risk. This article discusses several hacking schemes and how nonprofits can protect against them, even with a limited budget. A sidebar urges organizations to make a cyberattack disaster plan, in the event they’re hacked.

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  • 5 ways to gather more feedback from the people you serve

    Winter 2019
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    Word count: 390

    Abstract: This short article provides five tips to help nonprofits gather more, and more meaningful, feedback from their clients. Suggestions include “take full advantage of social media,” “don’t neglect the off-liners” and “show your appreciation.”

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  • The treasurer may be your board’s most valuable asset

    Winter 2019
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    Word count: 574

    Abstract: Depending on the nonprofit’s bylaws, a treasurer might be responsible for anything from managing cash flow to acting as a liaison to outside auditors to crafting investment policies. This article outlines the various financial management and reporting roles of nonprofit treasurers. It also lists skills and personal traits shared by effective treasurers.

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  • No excuses! Fraud prevention is easier than you may think

    Winter 2019
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    Word count: 839

    Abstract: Defrauded nonprofits suffer a median loss of approximately $75,000 — an amount few can afford to lose. Fortunately, most fraud prevention measures are easy and inexpensive to implement. This article explains how nonprofits can foster an ethical culture, implement internal controls and generally discourage occupational theft. A sidebar lists fraud schemes that commonly affect nonprofits.

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  • How to attract donor-advised fund gifts

    Winter 2019
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    Word count: 701

    Abstract: Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have exploded in popularity in the past decade for good reason. They enable donors to contribute unlimited assets for an immediate tax deduction up to 60% of their adjusted gross income. This article suggests how nonprofits can attract the attention — and funds — of DAF donors and sponsors, and it warns against a couple of pitfalls.

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  • Building an effective audit committee

    Fall 2018
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    Word count: 531

    Abstract: Nonprofit boards aren’t required to form audit committees, but having one can promote better financial reporting, fewer fraud incidents and a smoother audit process. This article explains that committee members can’t be employed by the nonprofit or its auditing firm. It also outlines some of the committee’s responsibilities.

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  • Nonprofit accounting is different: Here’s how

    Fall 2018
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    Word count: 654

    Abstract: Nonprofit board members who come from the business sector may not grasp the differences between nonprofit and for-profit financial reporting. This article provides a cheat sheet on how financial approaches and statements, particularly for assets and liabilities, differ.

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  • New revenue guidance provides direction to nonprofits

    Fall 2018
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    Word count: 538

    Abstract: This article summarizes ASU 2018-08, which the Financial Accounting Standards Board recently issued to resolve for nonprofits’ revenue recognition issues. It covers the 2014 standard that gave rise to questions, explaining when grants should be characterized as reciprocal exchanges vs. contributions and defining conditional contributions.

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  • After the TCJA – How to keep the giving going this holiday season

    Fall 2018
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    Word count: 754

    Abstract: The new tax law’s increase of the standard deduction means that fewer taxpayers will now itemize, and thus be motivated to make deductible gifts to charity. This article urges nonprofits to rethink their approach to holiday fundraising. For example, they should promote the idea of “bunching” donations, take part in deadline-oriented fundraisers such as Giving Tuesday and encourage supporters to make charitable donations in lieu of giving physical gifts. A sidebar summarizes congressional efforts to enable universal charitable deductions.

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  • Employee retention – Keep them if you’ve got them

    Summer 2018
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    Word count: 418

    Abstract: Today’s tight labor market can make it hard for nonprofits to recruit and retain good people. This short article gives readers several low-cost tools for holding on to the staffers they have, including career development paths.

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  • Nonprofits: You too could fall victim to a celebrity scandal

    Summer 2018
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    Word count: 575

    Abstract: Celebrity spokespeople can help raise awareness of a charity’s mission, attract new audiences, generate donations and change public opinion on a subject. But as fallout of the #MeToo movement has shown, nonprofits can also be hurt by association with a disgraced celebrity. This article talks about how to handle celebrity-related PR disasters — and prevent them from happening in the first place.

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  • Educating donors about what they can — and can’t — deduct

    Summer 2018
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    Word count: 689

    Abstract: To help prevent unwelcome surprises when donors file their returns, nonprofits should inform them about the tax benefits of different types of donations. This article summarizes the tax treatments of various donations, including cash, ordinary income property, capital gains property, tangible personal property, vehicles and other items.

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  • How to secure lasting corporate support

    Summer 2018
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    Word count: 830

    Abstract: For nonprofits, increasing corporate support is similar to establishing relationships with individual donors. But while emotional factors generally drive individuals to support a charity, companies need both emotional and strategic rationalizations. This article suggests ideas for engaging companies, including providing ways for corporate donors’ employees to get involved. A sidebar encourages nonprofits to brainstorm mutually beneficial collaborations with businesses.

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