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10 Ways to Kill Your Nonprofit

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Terrific article by Mark Hager and Elizabeth Searing, published in Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ).  Check out the link for the full article – I highly recommend that all nonprofits read it as a warning of what not to do: Summary – 10 Ways to Kill Your Nonprofit: Overwhelm it with liabilities Operate in the red Poison the […]

5% – A guide to charitable giving from the Carroll County Community Foundation

Monday, July 20th, 2015

What is 5%? What can it do for Carroll County? Please take 2 minutes and check it out:

Giving and Need – Opportunity Index and Giving Ratio

Friday, July 10th, 2015

This is a follow up to my post of April 15 regarding the comparison of giving and religious beliefs. Also from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, check out the article and interactive map which compares an “Opportunity Index” with a “Giving Ratio.”  The overall conclusion is that more affluent regions have a tendency to be less […]

Indiana Nonprofit Corporations – What is Indemnification?

Monday, October 6th, 2014

From the email inbox: Our nonprofit Board has been talking about getting D&O insurance.  Our bylaws says that the nonprofit must indemnify the Board of Directors.  What is indemnification, and why do we need D&O insurance? ANSWER: This is a complicated issue that generates a lot of questions. “Indemnification” and “Directors & Officers” insurance (also […]

Nonprofit Yoga Poses

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Terrific article by Vu Lee in the latest Blue Avocado newsletter. My favorite is “The Mountain of Emails” Pose. Check it out:  Downward-Facing Budget and other Nonprofit Yoga Poses. Blue Avocado is a look at nonprofits and the nonprofit world from the trenches of the Executive Director.  It has wonderful articles about boards, governance, executive […]

Donor Developement and the “Big Score”

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Question from the mailbag:  Just thinking about all that lies ahead and thought I would plant this seed with an attorney who handles this kind of thing.  We just need one good sized farm to be willed to us and we will have an endowment.  I don’t see how we are going to do all […]

Do Nonprofits Need Insurance?

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Question:  My new nonprofit has a mission of promoting and encouraging folks to discover their local historic treasures.  We are sponsoring guided and unguided walks, including weekend activities.  Do we need insurance, and what kind of insurance do we need? ANSWER:  All Nonprofit organizations should develop a relationship with a friendly insurance person, so he/she […]

Nonprofit Demographics – Service Areas

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 has published an interesting infographic about nonprofit service areas – this is a simple compilation of the NTEE (National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities) codes to generate the distribution you see below.  Original article here. Click on image for larger view or download as PDF document at the website. is a terrific website […]

Nonprofit Tax Tip – §501(c)(3) Reinstatment

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

More than 275,000 nonprofits lost exempt status in July of 2010. Since that time, the IRS has continued to revoke the exempt status of nonprofits that fail to file a 990N, 990EZ or 990 for three consecutive years. Consequences for having exempt status revoked are severe – the nonprofit loses its §501(c)(3) status, no longer […]

What Consultants Learn – Execupundit

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Execupundit is the blog of Michael Wade, a consultant located in Arizona. His posts are thoughtful and cover a wide range of social topics. I particularly related to his post “What Consultants Learn.” Word to the wise – if you are hired to help someone with a problem or project, take this to heart. It […]

Tax Tip – Nonprofit Acknowledgment of Donations

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Reminder to Nonprofits: You are required to acknowledge all gifts of cash or property valued in excess of $250.00 This includes “in-kind” donations, such as donations of paper or supplies Do not acknowledge (for tax purposes) donations of labor – donation of services by the donor is not tax-deductible You are also required to note […]

Infographic – Fast Facts on Coffee

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Infographics are a fun and exciting way to get the word out about what interests you. Nonprofits take note – infographics are a great way to promote YOUR organization – what does your organization do? How does your organization change the world (or your corner of it)? They say a picture is worth a thousand […]

Happy May Day! Have you filed your 990?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It’s May 1, and while the rest of the world is heaving a sigh of relief that tax seasons is over, nonprofits have 15 days until their tax returns are due. If you are a Nonprofit, your IRS tax filing is due the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of your fiscal […]

2012 Resolutions for Nonprofit Boards

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Gail Perry is a nonprofit consultant and motivational speaker for nonprofit organizations. Her website contains great articles and tips for improving nonprofits and nonprofit boards. Check out her “2012 New Years Resolutions for Board Member” at the link below 2012 New Years Resolutions for Board Members

From the (email) bag – Nonprofit Financial Conduits

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Folks are welcome to send email questions about nonprofits. I am happy to answer (with appropriate disclaimers – like check with your local legal professional to be sure that you get advice that is tailored to your nonprofit). This was a good question, so I thought I would share: Question: I have a nonprofit 501(c)(3) […]