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Does My Nonprofit Really Have to Register Before Asking For Money? What you need to know about fundraising regulations.

Whether a nonprofit organization has been recently formed and is looking to engage in initial fundraising efforts or is well-established and is planning to expand its fundraising nationwide, the organization will need to consider compliance with states’ charitable solicitation registration and reporting laws.

How your nonprofit can make an impact via National Voter Registration Day

Nonprofits play a vital role in American society, serving individuals and families, informing policymakers, and helping communities thrive. Operating above the partisan political fray thanks to the Johnson Amendment, 501(c)(3)s are nonpartisan actors s…

New website security warnings raise the bar for nonprofits

Nonprofits need to take notice that Google just raised the bar when it comes to demonstrating a website is secure. Failing to make changes to comply with the new standards can hinder your nonprofit’s ability to interact with the public, including potential clients and donors.

Federal Tax Law, Nonprofits, and the Action in the States, so far

In January, Tim Delaney and I predicted in a Chronicle of Philanthropy article that the federal tax law enacted in December would unleash a tsunami of reforms at the state and local levels. Specifically, we said, “The law that Congress passed and the president signed in the waning days of 2017 has created the most dangerous policy environment across the state, local, and federal levels that we’ve ever seen in the decades we’ve spent focusing on how governments and nonprofits interact.”

The Next Big Things in Fundraising

What are the “next big things” in fundraising? With charitable giving expected to fall, demand for services rising, and “donor inequality” increasing, many nonprofits are looking for something new. Crowdfunding has been around for a while, as has peer-to-peer fundraising (“P2P”). Examples of P2P fundraising include run-a-thons, bike-a-thons, swim-a-thons, play-canasta-thons…which can be fun, but also can take a lot of work and aren’t as unusual as they once were. But wait!

The latest FASB Accounting Standards: “How do I characterize thee? Let me count the ways: Fish or fowl; reciprocal or nonreciprocal; conditional or unconditional?”

There have been a lot of changes in the accounting practices for nonprofits over the past couple of years. It’s not really surprising, because it has been 25 years since the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has made major updates to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for nonprofits.

Building a Culture of Empowerment for High Impact

Feeling empowered is a fundamental human need. It elevates our role in relation to the world around us, and enables us to overcome life’s challenges. At ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer we persistently strive to end prostate cancer by encouraging our team members to practice independent decision-making.

2018 NFF State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey Results Warn of Danger

It is always interesting to read the Nonprofit Finance Fund State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. For those who work in the sector the findings usually are not terribly surprising, but they do provide important validation and documentation of what we already know. But this time, some of the data is alarming. 

State Tax Compliance in the World of Telecommuting

Today’s mobile and remote workforce offers tremendous flexibility for nonprofit workers, but also creates challenges for nonprofit employers.

Taxing Tax Exempts and Other Oxymorons in the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted in late December, cuts taxes on corporations and wealthier taxpayers while imposing new taxes on tax-exempt organizations, including charities and houses of worship. Two new provisions stand out as particularly oxymor…

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