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  • News for Nonprofits – Could you lose to gaming?

    Year End 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 421

    Abstract: Gaming fundraisers and obligations associated with them are explored in this issue. Bingo games and poker nights are fairly common fundraising events for nonprofits that have obtained a state license. New IRS Publication 3079, Tax-exempt Organizations and Gaming, explains the effect that gaming could have on an organization’s tax-exempt status and the reporting requirements.

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  • Accountability – Your public is calling

    Year End 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 522

    Abstract: In a downturned economy, donations to nonprofits are difficult for both individuals and organizations to make. So being accountable carries more weight than ever. A nonprofit must not only conduct business ethically and transparently, but also be able to publicly explain how it handles its finances and governance. This article covers various areas of accountability, including governance, finances, programs and documentation.

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  • Should you have an advisory board?

    Year End 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 625

    Abstract: Nonprofits are governed by boards of directors, but many nonprofits can benefit from adding an advisory board to the mix. Without a formal commitment, these informal board members can bring complementary skills and resources to the group, making them extremely valuable. This article explains how to identify the traits and skills needed in advisory board members. It also covers how to use the advisory board as a way to test out potential candidates for the governing board.

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  • The world of quid pro quo – When a donation isn’t simply a donation

    Year End 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 920

    Abstract: A contribution to a charity isn’t always a charitable contribution for the donor, as in the case of “quid pro quo” donations. This exchange of one thing for another happens when a charity receives a contribution and, in return, provides the donor with goods or services. This article discusses obligations for the charity in quid pro quo donations.

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  • News for Nonprofits – Gain tax breaks by hiring before year end

    October / November 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 405

    Abstract: This issue’s “News for Nonprofits” focuses exclusively on the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which creates tax incentives for hiring the unemployed. Tax-exempt organizations are eligible this year for both tax benefits of the act: a payroll tax exemption and a retention credit.

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  • Board member responsibilities – Power in their hands

    October / November 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 600

    Abstract: The responsibilities of board members don’t end with the skills they bring to the table. Nonprofit executives need to make sure that these members understand their fiduciary duties, which they are legally required to fulfill. This article discusses the duties of a fiduciary, along with issues involving liability and conflict of interest.

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  • 9 steps to designing a sound investment policy

    October / November 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 897

    Abstract: Not-for-profits need to develop formal investment policies that reflect their intentions and support of their organizations as they move forward. This article offers some strategies adopted from one university foundation’s investment policy. They include stating one’s constraints, defining volatility and organizational risk, and giving asset allocation special attention. A sidebar offers additional components nonprofits may want to incorporate in their formal investment policies.

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  • Do you need a hired gun? When professional association management makes sense

    October / November 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 602

    Abstract: If a nonprofit needs help getting off the ground, or can’t afford to hire more staff to support its growth, an association management company (AMC) and its turnkey infrastructure might be the answer. This article shows how not-for-profits can rely on the AMC for recruitment, employee benefits packages, training and the other time-consuming tasks that normal growth entails. It discusses how to assess one’s needs and to evaluate AMC candidates. A sidebar lists some of the specific types of services that an AMC can provide.

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  • News for Nonprofits – Tax credit for health insurance coverage

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 405

    Abstract: This issue’s “News for Nonprofits” looks at a new, refundable, health care insurance tax credit that can benefit smaller nonprofits. It discusses one consulting firm’s findings that 33% of donations to charities’ own Web sites failed to go through, and provides tips on lowering unrelated business income tax (UBIT).

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  • How to approach succession planning

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 852

    Abstract: Some nonprofits delay detailed succession planning, thinking of it as a project they’ll get to “someday.” But that’s a mistake. Early succession planning not only makes for a smoother transfer of responsibility, but might also enable leaders to spot some issues that need to be cleared up before the transition. This article examines three common planning approaches, while a sidebar takes a look at key person insurance.

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  • Online donation portals are contributor-friendly

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 595

    Abstract: Every charity needs an effective way to receive donations. A Web site may have that capability, but contributors might find it awkward to use. If so, or if the site isn’t set up to handle online donations, charities can consider combining forces with an online donation portal. The giver decides on the amount to give and gives it; the online portal handles almost everything else, including online security. One big advantage of registering with a donation portal is that potential donors will likely discover organizations supporting their favorite causes.

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  • Different strokes – There’s more than one way to form an alliance

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 720

    Abstract: Not-for-profit organizations often collaborate among themselves to achieve a common goal. But organizations also team up when their objectives differ — not only with other nonprofits, but with for-profit entities, too. A shared day-to-day working environment exists in “coworking” arrangements, as two entities carry out independent activities. They may share not only overhead, but perhaps even ideas. Even sharing employees can be mutually beneficial.

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  • News for Nonprofits – Should you accept text message donations?

    June / July 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 388

    Abstract: This issue’s “News for Nonprofits” looks at the pros and cons of accepting text message donations, and the importance of meeting the compliance audit requirements for receiving funds under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

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  • Event financing: 3 ways to land a sponsor

    June / July 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 317

    Abstract: With the economy gaining steam, some not-for-profits are considering bringing back the annual events that they eliminated a few years ago. But others, experiencing delayed effects from the recession, are canceling these events until more funding materializes. One way a nonprofit can ensure it will be able to hold its special occasion is to get a financial sponsor. This short article describes how, to attract one, it will be necessary to provide good data about past attendees; offer a variety of incentives according to sponsor involvement; and deliver on promises.

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  • Breaking down the numbers – Tune up your board’s financial literacy

    June / July 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1080

    Abstract: A not-for-profit organization’s board of directors has a mix of talents. So how can a nonprofit best share its financial results with the board members who are not financial experts as well as with those who are? One method is to use graphs and pie charts instead of long lists of numbers. Another is to provide a cash flow analysis, along with ratios that allow the board to see if the organization’s costs and revenues are in line with its expectations. And it may be helpful to provide the financial training appropriate for serving the needs of a nonprofit. A sidebar to this article provides a description of some common financial terms.

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  • Be sure to lobby by the rules

    June / July 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 642

    Abstract: Most nonprofits are involved in lobbying at one time or another. But what are the rules not-for-profits must follow when participating in these activities? The answer depends on the type of organization, what kind of activity it’s conducting and how much lobbying is involved. Lobbying is different from political activity (which is prohibited to charities), and there’s a distinction between direct and grassroots lobbying. But certain actions are permitted without restrictions and aren’t considered to be lobbying.

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