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Rebranding a Nonprofit: Four Reasons Why the CFO Needs a Seat at the Table
Posted by Jennifer Harrington on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

By guest contributor: Jennifer Harrington, President, HATCH

I recently met with the Executive Director of a nonprofit agency who was lamenting that her organization’s most recent branding efforts had not gone as well as expected. I asked what went wrong, and her perspective was that:

  1. The process was lengthy and expensive, and
  2. She didn’t get the deliverables needed to launch the brand in the market.

What struck me was that while a metric for success for a new brand is the ability to clearly articulate the organization’s story, the metric for failure usually comes down to money not well-spent.

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Topics: CFO, not-for-profit, NFP, Rebrand, rebranding, nonprofit, Marketing

Tax Extenders Come with Benefits for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Their Donors
Posted by Richard Scoresby on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @ 03:14 PM

The passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) brought with it opportunities for long-term tax planning that benefit tax-exempt organizations. The PATH Act makes permanent several popular tax provisions, including measures related to:

  • Qualified conservation contributions,
  • Food donations,
  • Distributions from IRA accounts,
  • Payments from controlled entities to their not-for-profit parent organizations, and
  • S corporation charitable contributions

These provisions offer incentives for taxpayers to donate to charitable causes through deductions and other favorable changes to their tax liability.

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Topics: tax, Non-profits, Not-for-Profits, Richard Scoresby, NFP, Tax Extenders

Filing Deadline Approaches for Massachusetts Nonprofits Property Tax Exemption
Posted by Joe Giso on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Massachusetts-based not-for-profits should be preparing now to file their Form 3ABC. The form provides a full or partial tax property tax exemption for an organization’s real or personal property so long as the organization files it by March 1, 2016.

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Topics: Massachusetts, non-for-profit, Form 3ABC, nonprofit

Information Reporting Deadlines for ACA Extended
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Sun, Jan 24, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and applicable providers of health coverage have a longer window to circulate and submit their required 2015 health insurance information reporting forms. IRS Notice 2016-4 extends the deadline for employees to receive their reporting forms until March 31, 2016. Employers and other providers of minimum essential coverage will have until May 31, 2016, if submitting physical forms and June 30, 2016, if filing electronically.

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Topics: Massachusetts, non-for-profit, Form 3ABC, nonprofit

4 Ways to Improve Your Not-for-Profit’s Board and Management
Posted by Joel LaSalle on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 @ 01:37 PM

A not-for-profit’s board of directors helps an organization monitor its operations in order to ensure that the not-for-profit meets its obligations to the community. Members of the board can ensure that an organization appropriately manages its financial assets and pursues ventures that support its tax-exempt mission. A board assists in verifying that the pay a not-for-profit executive receives is appropriate to the market in which the nonprofit operates. They can also be valuable sources for guidance about how to improve the management and internal functioning of your organization.

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Topics: accounting, Non-profits, Not-for-Profits, NFP, board members, Joel LaSalle

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