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Appealing to Next Generation of Supporters

Factors such as wealth level, education, and even whether people volunteer, probably will tell you more about potential donors than their generation. But some broad generalizations about age can help nonprofit organizations target particular groups for support.

Quid Pro Quo Contribution

A quid pro quo contribution occurs when a nonprofit receives a payment that includes a contribution and the nonprofit provides the donor with goods or services valued for less than the total payment.

Review and Replace Ineffective Programs at Your Nonprofit

It’s all too easy to let ineffective not-for-profit continue, even as they consume budget resources. To help ensure your resources are being deployed efficiently and effectively, consider using the tradition of spring cleaning to review and, potentially, replace ineffective programs.

Keep Your Nonprofit Afloat with a Leadership Succession Plan

If your top executive were to step down tomorrow, would your not-for-profit know how to make a smooth leadership transition or would your boat suddenly be rudderless? Fortunately, creating a succession plan isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Don’t Waste Your Board Member’s Time

Your board members serve because they believe in your organization and care about your mission. However, most are unpaid volunteers. You owe it to them to make the job as easy as possible — starting with well-organized board meetings that are only as long as necessary.

Fraud Risk Assessment

Publicly traded companies must conduct fraud risk assessments but privately held businesses aren’t subject to the the same fraud risk assessment requirements. 

Corporate Espionage

Corporate espionage involves the theft of information that hasn’t been made public and each year businesses lose billions of dollars in intellectual property (IP) from thieves stealing trade secrets.

Cause Marketing

Even if your nonprofit typically doesn’t have budge shortfalls, you may be looking for new funding sources and may want to consider cause marketing. Made possible via a partnership with a for-profit business, cause marketing can boost your budget, your public profile and even your volunteer base.

Preserve Tax-Exempt Status

In order to preserve their tax-exempt status, nonprofit trade associations, or 501(c)(6) organizations, must sponsor, as well as avoid, certain types of activities as specified by the IRS, or they could be subject to IRS action which could include losing their exempt status.

Benefits of Nonprofit Board Retreats

A nonprofit board retreat is an opportunity for participants to get past the ordinary topics of regular board meetings and delve deeply into specific issues. Most board members lead busy lives and some may not be able to attend all meetings or possibly only attend via teleconference.  A carefully planned meeting can bring everyone together in a relaxed setting, but to be successful, your retreat should be planned to the smallest detail. 

How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal

Competition is intense for private and public grants to not-for-profits, so it is as important as ever to write a winning grant proposal.  Submitting a sloppy and unprofessional grant proposal could undermine your efforts to receive adequate grant money. 

Protect Your Mobile Phone from Malicious Apps

According to the KnowBe4 Security Team (www.knowbe4.com), the bad guys are developing malicious applications with the hopes of making their way into your mobile device’s app store–and sometimes they’re successful. Recently, over 100,000 people across the globe downloaded applications containing spyware from a reputable app store.

Virtual Board Meetings for NFPs

Many organizations are holding virtual board meetings that allow board members to be present via phone and web-based applications instead of in person, face-to-face meetings. This option isn’t without obstacles, but it can ease board member attendance problems as well as help with recruitment challenges.

South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court Decision – How This Could Affect You

Prior to South Dakota v. Wayfair, businesses were not required to charge, collect, and remit state and local sales tax unless they had a physical presence in that state (employees, a store, a distribution center with inventory, etc.). However, our current Internet marketplace has dramatically changed our shopping habits. Customers who purchased taxable items online but who were not charged sales tax were expected to self-assess and pay use tax on their purchases, but rarely complied.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Telecommuting at Nonprofits

Telecommuting is a work arrangement in which an employee works outside of the standard office. The employee often works from home, either full-time, on certain days of the week or as the need arises.  Telecommuting has become increasingly popular as employers seek new ways to provide a greater work/life balance for their staff, and help improve retention rates. 

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