Nonprofit Observer

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  • Stop employee credit card abuse before it starts

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 429

    Abstract: Protecting your organization from credit card fraud and abuse is as easy as writing a credit card use policy and following it. This begins with the careful selection of staffers who will have card access and instructing them on its proper uses. Also, management oversight — including the review and approval of every transaction — is essential.

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  • 3 tips for achieving your mission more cost-effectively

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 570

    Abstract: Simple initiatives can make a big difference in how efficiently a nonprofit operates and delivers its programs and services. This article offers three ideas: 1) Monitor measures that matter; 2) orient your organization toward outcomes; and 3) engage entrepreneurial experts.

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  • Have faith … but take precautions – Financial best practices for religious congregations

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 667

    Abstract: Without the oversight of tax authorities or outside auditors, leaders of churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious congregations may not be aware of all requirements to which they’re subject. This article covers such topics as employee classification, clergy wages, unrelated business income tax, lobbying and internal controls. A sidebar discusses the components of a comprehensive risk-reduction program.

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  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Planning can help your nonprofit minimize negative effects

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 908

    Abstract: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) offers plenty for nonprofits to mull over and plan for. This article outlines how changes to the standard deduction and doubling of the estate tax exemption are expected to reduce charitable giving. It also covers the law’s effect on unrelated business income tax, executive compensation and tax-exempt bonds.

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  • Don’t let unemployment insurance fleece your nonprofit

    Winter 2018
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 420

    Abstract: States collect billions of dollars from employers in overpaid unemployment tax. To learn whether they’re overpaying, nonprofits might perform periodic audits of benefit statements. They should also feel free to appeal claims decisions made by their state agency and, as this article suggests, consider becoming a “reimbursing employer.”

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  • To preserve their tax status, associations must observe limits

    Winter 2018
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 562

    Abstract: Nonprofit trade associations, or 501(c)(6) organizations, exist to promote their members’ common interests and improve business conditions or “one or more lines of interest.” When they fail to do so, their activities may trigger unrelated business income tax or even threaten the association’s tax-exempt status. This article examines the issue.

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  • Accounting matters – Keep the heart of your nonprofit beating

    Winter 2018
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 679

    Abstract: Programming or fundraising departments may be more obviously linked to a nonprofit’s mission. But accounting ensures that the whole organization runs well and remains healthy. This article suggests ways to make the accounting function more efficient. These include setting submission cutoffs, creating distribution cover sheets and maximizing software use.

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  • Making sure your board reflects your constituency

    Winter 2018
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    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 821

    Abstract: Nonprofit boards need to reflect the people and interests they serve, as well as their local communities. This may require recruiting new members from diverse racial, economic, religious and other backgrounds. This article discusses the need for greater board diversity and provides tips on finding new members. A sidebar asks whether statistics match the stated desire of nonprofit leaders for greater board diversity.

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  • Make a licensing agreement work for your organization

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 426

    Abstract: Licensing their name to a for-profit company can provide nonprofits with a valuable new revenue source. But licensing can also be risky. This article advises nonprofits that are considering licensing to ensure that the partnership really will generate funds and, possibly more important, a positive impression of their brand.

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  • Using planned gifts to help secure your nonprofit’s future

    Fall 2017
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    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 718

    Abstract: Planned gifts often are more substantial than other types of donations and, because they specify an amount and date, they can help you secure your organization’s future with guaranteed revenue. This article summarizes major types of planned gifts, their benefits and how they should be handled by charities and donors.

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  • Is it time to update your social media policy?

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 582

    Abstract: This article urges nonprofits that haven’t reviewed their social media policy in a few years to revisit and perhaps revise it. Not only has their organization likely changed, but new social media platforms have emerged and many established sites have changed their terms of service in ways that may affect privacy.

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  • Brave new world – Microdonations matter now more than ever

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 824

    Abstract: Accepting microdonations ensures that anyone who wants to give to a nonprofit probably can. This article explains the concept and advantages of microdonations, lists several popular microdonating apps and covers nonprofit substantiation responsibilities. A sidebar talks about “giving communities,” a concept that describes the desire of budding and established philanthropists to make connections and build networks of their peers.

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  • How private foundations can avoid accusations of self-dealing

    Summer 2017
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 428

    Abstract: Conflict-of-interest policies are critical for all nonprofits. But private foundations are subject to stricter rules and must go further to avoid anything that might be perceived as self-dealing. This article describes prohibited activities and whom the IRS considers “disqualified” persons.

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  • Data analytics provides solutions to myriad nonprofit challenges

    Summer 2017
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    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 596

    Abstract: Data analytics is already considered invaluable in the for-profit world, but it can be just as useful to nonprofits. This article explains how this type of business intelligence enables informed decision making, including how data is collected. It also provides tips on purchasing a data analytics package.

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  • Should your nonprofit act as a fiscal sponsor?

    Summer 2017
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    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 657

    Abstract: With a fiscal sponsorship, an established 501(c)(3) organization assumes responsibility for a nonexempt group’s charitable project. This article explains what that responsibility involves and how sponsorships can benefit fledgling nonprofits and sponsors. It also warns against possible risks to the sponsor’s finances and reputation.

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  • Recipe for success – Attracting nonprofit execs with creative compensation mixes

    Summer 2017
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    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 850

    Abstract: The IRS’s reasonable compensation rule sometimes may seem like an obstacle to attracting and retaining qualified and effective nonprofit executives. But creative compensation packages can help. This article suggests offering executives, in addition to salary, retirement-related benefits such as a 457(b) plan, performance-based bonuses and work/life balance perks like telecommuting and flexible schedules. A sidebar takes up the question, “Should you pay board members?”

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