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Foster Gift Matching at Your Nonprofit

Posted by admin on Jun 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

When a corporate partner agrees to match the value of a donor’s gift, you can quickly double your organization’s gain. Are you doing everything you can to educate your financial supporters and their employers about matching gifts?

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Maximize the Potential of your Internal Audit Function

Posted by admin on May 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The key role of a not-for-profit’s internal auditors was once limited largely to testing financial and compliance controls and reporting their findings to the organization’s leadership. But today, with their cross-departmental perspective, internal audit staff (whether employees or outside consultants) can help anticipate and mitigate a variety of risks, improve processes — and even help evaluate your nonprofit’s strategies.

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How to Regain Tax-Exempt Status after Automatic Revocations

Posted by admin on May 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

If your organization neglects to file the required annual forms with the IRS for three consecutive years, you will lose your tax-exempt status. Loss of your tax-exempt status will likely mean loss of donors, so it is imperative that you take action to reinstate your status immediately. Use the steps we’ve outlined below to reclaim your nonprofit designation.

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Distinguishing Between Sponsorship and Advertising Incomes, and Paying Proper Taxes

Posted by admin on May 2, 2019 2:06:26 PM

While you are able to supplement your usual income-producing activities with sponsorships and advertising programs, it’s important to understand the possible tax implications of income from these outside sources.

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Finding the Perfect Bookkeeper for Your Organization

Posted by admin on Apr 16, 2019 11:13:32 AM

The perfect bookkeeper will seamlessly handle your day-to-day accounting functions, but finding this person can be difficult. Be sure to consider your organization’s needs before actively starting your search. 

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Reporting Donations at Your Nonprofit

Posted by admin on Apr 4, 2019 12:57:59 PM

Hopefully your organization already ensures that donors receive a receipt with information about claiming a charitable contribution deduction on their tax return. Did you know that your obligations may go further than that? For noncash donations, you might have responsibilities related to certain tax forms. 

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How Auditors Review Your Revenue and Why You Should Too

Posted by admin on Feb 19, 2019 9:53:48 AM

Auditors examining a nonprofit's financial statements should spend considerable time on the revenue figures. At BBD, we look at the accounting methods used to record revenues and perform a detailed income analysis. You can use the same techniques to increase your understanding of your organization's revenue profile. 

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Complying with Challenging New Procurement Standards

Posted by admin on Feb 15, 2019 1:15:56 PM

The relatively new federal procurement standards, which went into full effect in fiscal year 2017, significantly alter the way nonprofits receiving federal funding handle purchasing. You may have changed your written policies, but are you complying with the standards in practice? If not, you could risk losing funding. 

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Are you Asking for too Much? Beware of Donor Fatigue

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2018 10:48:34 AM

The end of your fiscal year is often a time for a push in fundraising and giving. But after the flurry of this year-end fundraising, you and your not-for-profit’s staff are probably ready for a little break. Be aware that your supporters may be tired, too. At some point, even the most philanthropic individuals experience donor fatigue and start saying “no” — even to their favorite charities.

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Nonprofit Collaborations are Complex, but could Pay Off

Posted by admin on Jul 10, 2018 11:23:57 AM

As discussed in a previous post, we’re seeing an increase in nonprofit collaboration, whether through mergers, acquisitions or, as we’ll discuss in this post, alliances. The success of these arrangements depends on careful planning and oversight.

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