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  • 9 individual giving trends

    By The NonProfit Times — June 29, 2011

    Despite the need for major gifts and foundation support, nonprofits still depend on the contributions they receive from individual donors, from that $5 check on up.

  • Reviewing the substantiation rules

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    The need for nonprofits to prove that they are doing good rather than scamming the general public is an ongoing one. New regulations are passed every year, but at The Georgia Society of CPAs 2011 Nonprofit Conference, attorneys W. Marshall Sanders and Margaret W. Scott reviewed features of a tax law passed in 1993, Section 170(f)(8) of the Internal Revenue Code requiring donors and nonprofits to “substantiate” a contribution of $250 or more if a tax deduction is to be allowed.

  • 4 must have categories for sound governance

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    The leader of any organization would like to say that the person runs things according to sound practices of business, personnel management and, if necessary, fiduciary responsibility.

  • You’re where? Making sense of FourSquare

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    Does your organization have a public physical location, such as a museum? Do you host a lot of on-site advocacy or volunteer events? If so, FourSquare — a social networking application that tracks your physical location and lets you easily “check-in” to tell friends where you are — could be worth exploring.

  • Creating a metrics dashboard

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    Nonprofits track all sorts of data, from finances and event attendance to volunteer participation, supporter involvement and more. A dashboard, sometimes called an “executive dashboard,” is simply a means of pulling this information together in one place– often with easy-to-understand visuals — to make it easier to understand and act on.

  • 9 financial reporting errors

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    Making mistakes is included in the job description of “human being,” but one might have trouble accepting that fact based on information from irate donors, crusading journalists or politicians in high dudgeon (or dudgeon of any altitude).

  • 5 ways to plan for social media

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    There are experts, and there are people who know what they’re talking about.

  • 5 activities that are exempt from UBIT

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    In an effort to raise their profiles to enhance their mission, nonprofits could find themselves getting bitten by UBIT (unrelated business income tax).

  • 13 campaign prerequisites

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    To campaign or not to campaign? Campaigns can be beneficial by raising money and organization profile, but they are not guaranteed to succeed, and some have even failed badly.

  • 7 standards for information collection

    By The NonProfit Times — June 27, 2011

    Good nonprofit operation depends in part on good data, but as in all aspects of the sector, integrity plays a big part in assembling donor information.

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