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Best Practices in the Financial Statement Reporting Process
Posted by Brent Wilson on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

Your not-for-profit’s financial statements are used for more than just meeting compliance standards. Financial statements provide your board and the general public with an inside look at the financial stability of your organization. From reporting revenue and expenses to a description of your organization’s purpose, your financial statements speak to how your organization fulfills its mission.

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Topics: Brent Wilson, financial statements, disclosures

Web Presence & Internet Concerns for Not-for-Profit Organizations: Fundraising
Posted by Amy O’Loughlin on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on internet concerns for not-for-profit organizations. To read part one, please visit: Web Presence & Internet Concerns for Not-for-Profit Organizations: Hyperlinks)

The Internet presents unlimited potential for charitable organizations to spread awareness of their programs and mission. Your website and social media accounts are accessible to the public and offer an opportunity to use your online resources to solicit donations.

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Topics: Amy O’Loughlin, Not-for-Profits, internet concerns, hyperlinks, fundraising

Charitable Auctions: Managing Expectations Brings Positive Results
Posted by Joe Giso on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Author: Joseph Giso and Charles Ciccone

Charitable auctions – live, silent, or online – provide an opportunity to introduce your organization’s mission to the public and generate greater support, as well as attract donations of goods and services and increase revenue. It is also an easy way for a charity to convert a donor’s non-cash property to cash. But, auctions of all varieties bring compliance and risk management issues. For instance, organizations are responsible for recording all fundraising transactions and reporting on their activities – and those that fail to adequately comply may be subject to sizable IRS penalties.

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Topics: Charlie Ciccone, charitable donations, auctions, Joe Giso

Five Practices to Improve Your Organization’s Governance
Posted by Laura Krueger Brock on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

A strong governance plan helps not-for-profits increase internal efficiency, minimize risk and stay compliant with tax regulations. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) believes that a well-governed charity is more likely to obey the tax laws, safeguard charitable assets, and serve charitable interests than one with poor or lax governance. How to design and implement this strong governance plan is up to the organization to determine.

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Topics: not-for-profit, IRS, Laura Krueger Brock

Web Presence & Internet Concerns for Not-for-Profit Organizations: Hyperlinks
Posted by Amy O’Loughlin on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on internet concerns for not-for-profit organizations.)

The Internet is a powerful communication tool that enables not-for-profit organizations to increase their visibility and broadcast their message, vision and mis­sion. An organization’s online presence can bring new opportunities and ways to access potential donors.

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Topics: Amy O’Loughlin, Not-for-Profits, internet concerns, hyperlinks

Three Common Mistakes Not-for-Profits Make with Gift-in-Kind Valuation
Posted by David Brown on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 @ 09:13 AM

Gifts come with many benefits for not-for-profit organizations. They can help a not-for-profit extend the reach of its programs or enhance its mission with resources the organization could not have otherwise been able to afford. Gifts-in-kind (GIK) include contributions of tangible and intangible property. The downside to gift-in-kind contributions is they can also be difficult to value.

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Topics: David Brown, not-for-profit, gift-in-kind

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