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One of the benefits of tax exemption under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) is the ability to use tax-exempt financing. Tax-exempt bonds generally carry a lower interest rate than taxable bonds and the interest received by the bondholders is excludable from income for federal income tax purposes.
The chances have increased dramatically in 2016 that a nonprofit employer could owe significant excise taxes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for not offering coverage to enough of its full-time employees. In 2015, an employer had to offer coverage to only 70 percent of its full-time employees to avoid the tax. Starting in 2016, the percentage increases to 95 percent.
A majority of nonprofit accounting and finance professionals (72 percent) expect their organizations to grow during the next three years. However, they also believe that they spend too much time on ad-hoc reporting requests and not enough time on strategic planning.
Goodwill Industries was hacked in September, 2014 by predators using the same software that earlier struck Target and Home Depot. Goodwill franchises in 19 states and the District of Columbia were affected, and an estimated 868,000 credit and debit cards were compromised.
Broadway smash-hit, Hamilton, ends with — spoiler alert for those who slept through history class — the titular character perishing in a duel, leaving the remaining cast to sing about what they did with the rest of their lives. “Can I show you what I’m proudest of,” the character Eliza Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s wife, sings. “I established the first private orphanage in New York City.”
Changes at the top of name-brand nonprofits are coming fast and furiously, with seven changes — and more rumors of churn — during the just past two weeks.
Just 1 percent of membership organizations consistently target messaging to members based on age. With different generations of membership valuing various perks and communication channels differently, more targeted messaging could improve recruitment and retention.
One of the benefits touted by the drafters of the Super Circular (2 CFR 200) is the ability of organizations to easily make micro purchases with grant funding. A micro purchase is valued from $1 to $3,000, and recipients of federal direct and pass-through funding make thousands of these micro purchases every year.
Orlando, Fla. — Signs of community recovery will not easily be identified in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in downtown Orlando, according to community leaders. Dollars, metrics and opened streets are unlikely to encapsulate the full story. That’s because much of the damage, they say, has taken place below the skin.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!