Is It Time to Review and Refresh Your Nonprofit’s Board?

Perhaps your not-for-profit has lost a few board members in the turmoil of the past few years. Or maybe your current lineup simply isn’t meeting your organization’s leadership challenges. There are many reasons to review and rebuild a board of directors. But there’s no excuse to ignore problems and hope they’ll work themselves out. Here’s…

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What Makes Charitable Donors Give?

People give to charity for many reasons — to “make a difference” or “give back,” to reduce their tax burden and even to impress their peers. These many motivations can be frustrating for not-for-profits looking for a magic formula. In the absence of one, you need to keep your eyes and ears open and be…

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A Financial Dashboard Can Take Your Nonprofit Where It Wants to Go

Does your board have a quick and easy way to assess your not-for-profit’s financial performance? It does if it has a dashboard with carefully chosen and up-to-date key performance indicators (KPIs). Dashboards can also be set up to provide critical information to multiple audiences regarding specific goals and fundraising campaigns. Here’s how you can get started.…

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Federal Tax News for Individuals

1. Tax Breaks for Home Energy Conservation Upgrades The Clean Vehicle Credit for electric vehicles is getting a great deal of attention, but the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) also includes many new or revised home energy improvement related tax credits. For example, the credit previously known as the Residential Energy Efficient Property (REEP) Credit is…

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How to Share Your Nonprofit’s Values and Limit Fraud Losses

Every two years, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners releases its Report to the Nations, an occupational fraud study of for-profit, not-for-profit and government organizations. As in previous editions, the 2022 study reports that most organizations require employees to read and sign a code of ethics or conduct. This relatively simple control can result in…

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Inflation Reduction Act Expands R&D Payroll Tax Credit

When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law in August, most of the headlines covered the law’s climate change and health care provisions. But the law also enhances an often overlooked federal tax break for qualifying small businesses, including a payroll tax credit for R&D activities. The IRA more than doubles the…

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How Your Nonprofit Can Break Bad Budget Habits

Autumn is here and many not-for-profits are starting to think about their 2023 budgets. If your budget process is on autopilot, you might want to pause and think about changing things up this year — particularly if you’ve experienced recent shortfalls or found your budget to be less resilient than is ideal. Here’s how to…

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Federal Tax News for Individuals

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Read five headlines in Federal Tax News for Individuals.
1. Receiving Money from “Crowdfunding” May Come with a Tax Bill
2. Court Upholds the IRS Rejection of an Offer in Compromise
3. Beware of Various Tax-Related Scams
4. How the IRS Whistleblower Program Works
5. Is Your Hobby Actually a Business?

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If You’re Hiring, Take a Look at Veterans

Despite widespread fears of recession in recent months, hiring remains strong in the United States. Employers added 528,000 jobs in July 2022 and many organizations seeking new workers are having trouble filling positions. If your organization or business has open slots, you might want to look to military veterans. This demographic can have a harder…

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For a Stronger Nonprofit, Increase the Number of Income Streams

Not-for-profits that rely on a single income source, or only a few, are vulnerable to economic shocks. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this particularly clear. Most organizations have had to scramble to make up for lost revenue when at least some of their usual support dried up in 2020 — and has been slow to…

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