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  • News for Nonprofits – How federal legislation may affect DAF distribution timelines

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

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    Word count: 434

    Abstract: The latest News for Nonprofits covers how federal legislation may affect donor-advised funds and why it’s important for fundraisers to demonstrate impact and cultivate empathic responses from donors. It also reviews a study showing how COVID-19 may have accomplished what years of calls for change couldn’t: convincing foundations they should adjust some of their long-standing practices.

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  • Have a little faith – IRS and fraud concerns for faith-based nonprofits

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

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    Word count: 709

    Abstract: Religious congregations must comply with IRS rules and federal and state laws. But because they don’t have to file income tax returns, some fail to engage independent financial experts. Without that oversight, congregation leaders may not know all the requirements to which they’re subject and internal controls could be lacking. This article looks at some financial best practices for any church, synagogue, mosque or other religious congregation to help prevent financial and other critical mistakes.

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  • Giving circles surge in popularity – What it means for nonprofits

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

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    Word count: 601

    Abstract: According to the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, giving circles have tripled in number since 2007, to about 1,600 groups with more than 46,000 members in the United States. With almost $1.3 billion in grants already made by giving circles, nonprofits should ensure they’re on the circles’ radar. This article summarizes what giving circles are and their benefits, and introduces Charity Navigator’s Global Giving Circle Directory and the impact it seeks to have on the use of giving circles.

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  • Ready for the new gifts-in-kind reporting requirements?

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

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    Word count: 814

    Abstract: The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has new rules for how nonprofits that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles must report and value “nonfinancial assistance” — commonly known as gifts in kind. The changes are effective for annual periods beginning after June 15, 2021, and interim periods within annual periods beginning after June 15, 2022. For nonprofits that didn’t adopt the standards early, this article covers what they need to know. A sidebar discusses the impetus for the new requirements according to the FASB.

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  • News for Nonprofits – Support for female causes growing slowly

    Spring 2022
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    Word count: 454

    Abstract: The latest News for Nonprofits covers the gains in support for women’s and girls’ organizations in recent years, the U.S. Department of Education’s revamping of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which cancels loans after 10 years of public service by eligible borrowers, and Microsoft Corporation’s recently launched Security Program for Nonprofits.

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  • Changes are coming to your auditor’s report

    Spring 2022
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    Word count: 585

    Abstract: The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Auditing Standards Board’s latest standards are kicking in, and many nonprofits will notice resulting changes to the format and content of auditor reports on their organizations’ financial statements. This article describes how the updates are intended to make auditor reports more meaningful and transparent for the users of financial statements, including potential funding sources. Source: Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 134, Auditor Reporting and Amendments, Including Amendments Addressing Disclosures in the Audit of Financial Statements (AU-C section 701).

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  • Internet phishing schemes – How to protect your nonprofit from cyberattacks

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

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    Word count: 605

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the threat of cyberattacks for nonprofit organizations. Hackers often target nonprofits because charities hold confidential donor data but may fail to safeguard such data. And the cost of a cyberattack can be steep. This article provides suggestions for ways to stay current on hacking threats and do what’s necessary to secure organizational systems.

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  • 4 tips for rebuilding your operating reserves

    Spring 2022
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    Word count: 875

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home many lessons for nonprofits, perhaps none so much as the importance of operating reserves. This article provides some steps nonprofits with dramatically depleted — or nonexistent — reserves can take to remedy the situation, including achieving leadership buy-in, committing to a formal reserves policy, developing a funding plan and being realistic about the amount of time it takes to build or replenish operating reserves. A short sidebar summarizes the results of a 2021 survey showing that the number of nonprofits reporting at least four to six months of reserves ticked up.

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  • News for Nonprofits – Survey finds mixed results on public trust

    Winter 2022
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    Word count: 450

    Abstract: The latest “News for Nonprofits” highlights a recent study delving into the public’s trust in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, when the nonprofit industry should fully recover its pandemic-related job losses, and the impact of donor-imposed restrictions on their donations to nonprofits.

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  • Strategic planning – Using a “real-time” approach to guide your future

    Winter 2022
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    Word count: 681

    Abstract: As nonprofits move toward a post-COVID-19 economy, it’s a great time to do some strategic planning. And the way nonprofits go about strategic planning may be ready for an update as well. This article examines how adopting a more fluid and ongoing approach known as “real-time strategic planning” can allow nonprofits to quickly and efficiently identify, understand and act on challenges and opportunities to advance their missions.

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  • 3 tips for getting your budgeting back on track

    Winter 2022
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    Word count: 582

    Abstract: The pandemic has wreaked havoc with many nonprofits’ budgets over the past two years. Some organizations have taken a more permissive approach to budgeting, but they can’t afford to continue it indefinitely. This article offers three tips to help nonprofits develop the realistic budgets they need to return to financial stability.

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  • Independent contractor or employee: What’s the current test?

    Winter 2022
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    Word count: 752

    Abstract: With a labor shortage and COVID-19-related budget crunches, some nonprofits have turned to freelancers and contractors to fill staffing gaps. But are those individuals actually employees? Employers that misclassify workers can face harsh consequences, so it’s important to know the proper standard. This article reviews the status of the rule after a Trump administration revision failed to take effect, and the test as it currently exists under U.S. Supreme Court and Department of Labor rules. A short sidebar looks at the IRS approach to worker classification.

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  • News for Nonprofits – Candid shares key nonprofit data for 2021

    Fall 2021
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    Word count: 452

    Abstract: The latest “News for Nonprofits” highlights key nonprofit data for 2021 from the information services organization Candid, why the gender pay gap is greater with negotiations, and speculation about nonprofit fundraising possibilities nonfungible tokens.

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  • Employee retention credit – Get the credit you deserve

    Fall 2021
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    Word count: 748

    Abstract: In response to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act established the employee retention credit (ERC) to encourage employers — including nonprofits — to keep employees on the payroll. The credit has been expanded and increased for 2021, but it’s also not too late for eligible employers to amend their 2020 employment tax returns to take advantage of the break. This article reviews the status of the ERC under the CARES Act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act.

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  • Don’t roll the dice – Rules for charitable gaming activities

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

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    Word count: 614

    Abstract: Gaming can seem like an appealing and low-cost option for boosting nonprofit revenues. But bingo, poker tournaments, raffles and the like are subject to some strict tax rules and local laws where noncompliance could lead to penalties and even personal liability for board members. This article discusses what nonprofits need to know about unrelated business income, excise taxes, and reporting and withholding requirements.

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  • 5 critical issues for your nonprofit’s finance committee

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

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    Word count: 848

    Abstract: The role of a nonprofit’s finance committee is probably more important now than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing Great Recession. This article reviews some of the areas finance committees should focus on, including cash flow, government relief programs, unrelated business income, budgets and fraud threats. A sidebar discusses financial statement compliance.

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