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Answers to Reader Questions (July ’09)

At the end of every newsletter, we put out the call for "topic requests".  We have used quite a few reader questions or topic suggestions for article topics. Some questions or topics do not require a whole article to answer or discuss. …

Charitable Solicitations – Time to Get Compliant!

Charitable Solicitations Registration. "Never heard of it," you say.  Well, you are not alone.  As astounding as it may seem, estimates of noncompliance range from 85-95% of charities and nonprofits nationwide.  This level of noncompliance has persisted primarily because of…

Your 2009 Nonprofit Survival Guide

You've seen the news.  You know it's tough out there.  Just this morning I saw the following headlines on my Chronicle of Philanthropy RSS feed:  "Charitable Donations Fell by Nearly 6% in 2008", "Ford Foundation Offers Buyouts to One-Third of…

The Dirty (Half) Dozen Nonprofit No-Nos

Occasionally, you have to protect people from themselves.  Even those with the best of intentions can mess things up so badly that it can jeopardize what they are trying to accomplish.  In the nonprofit world, there are best practices, good…

A Tale of Two Nonprofit Websites

Once upon a time, there were two websites, each belonging to a different charity.  Our tale follows the adventures of these websites. The first website...we'll call it "the good site"...was considered a real asset to its owner.  While not fancy…

IRS Stepping Up Nonprofit Oversight

The headline for this article is not really "new" news.  The Internal Revenue Service has been stepping up enforcement of its regulations governing nonprofits for several years now.  Those who have been keeping up with the changes to the Form…

How To Get Funding For Your Nonprofit (Part II)

In last week's blog post, we looked at a set of core principles that are critical for nonprofit organizations needing to raise financial support.  If you haven't read it yet, check that one out before diving into this one.  It…

How To Get Funding For Your Nonprofit

It is the burning question of every nonprofit organization:  "How do we get funding?" With the economy in the dumps, and recovery looking like a distant hope, this question screams for an answer.  In fact, we get more requests from…

New Form 990 Problems Are Everywhere

If there is one constant in life, it's change.  And most people don't do "change" very well...even the IRS!  The new 2008 Form 990 is a complete, top-to-bottom overhaul of the form (as we've discussed in previous posts).  As we…

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