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6 Things Not-For-Profits Need to Know about Non-Cash Contributions - AICPA Insights

6 Things Not-For-Profits Need to Know about Non-Cash Contributions - AICPA Insights | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Not-for-profits continue to encounter unique measurement challenges for gifts in kind. There are a variety of approaches available for not-for-profits to value GIK, which can result in large disparities between handlings by different not-for-profits and questions about the application of generally accepted accounting practices to GIK. Other issues such as identifying the applicable principle markets and the effect of nominal fees on GIK require not-for-profits to scrutinize their GIK practices to ensure GAAP is being properly applied.

Not-for-profits must measure all non-cash contributions such as items auctioned off for charity; excess or obsolete goods given to charity to help fulfill its mission; free print or web advertising space and even radio advertisement air time. However, measuring these intangible items can be challenging, as not-for-profits who receive such gifts would not otherwise purchase or sell them and not-for-profit administrators simply may not know the fair market value of these gifts or have access to valuation information.

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Why Small Donations Are Priceless

Why Small Donations Are Priceless | Organization Management | Scoop.it

During an NTC session on social media fundraising someone mentioned working with a nonprofit who thinks collecting small donations online is a waste of time.

Their claim is that because it’s such a small slice of the overall pie, they would be better off spending what little resources they have on making the other slices bigger.

While on the surface this line of thinking makes sense, it fails to consider the long-term value of small donor acquisition. It throws out seeds in favor of saplings.

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Now THAT's what I'm talking about!

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What Every Non-Profit Ought to Know about Direct Mail Fundraising

What Every Non-Profit Ought to Know about Direct Mail Fundraising | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Most non-profits I know are skittish about direct mail fundraising, because it requires an initial investment of time and money.  Picking up the phone to call a donor takes courage, but it doesn’t cost money.  Sending out an e-mail is easy and free.

With direct mail, on the other hand, there are lots of costs involved, so organizations worry about whether they should use it, and if they do use it, they worry about whether or not they’re doing it right.  To answer those questions, I have put together this list of 4 things every non-profit – including yours – ought to know about direct mail fundraising

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Not-for-Profit Entities Audit and Accounting Guide | AICPA

Not-for-Profit Entities Audit and Accounting Guide | AICPA | Organization Management | Scoop.it

This guide provides assistance in the unique preparation, auditing, accounting and reporting of financial statements for not-for-profit entities. All content is reviewed by industry experts and approved by the appropriate AICPA senior technical committees.

This new edition covers:

 

the unique accounting and auditing issues for not-for-profit entitiesreporting relationships with other entitiesreporting and measuring noncash giftsexpiration of donor-imposed restrictionsprogram-related investments and microfinance loansprinciples for reporting net assets and related disclosuresaccounting for contributions and receivablesaccounting for reporting investmentsauditing net asset classification and revenue and expense recognition

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This is the authoritative guide to nonprofit accounting, newly revised.

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The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector (SSIR)

The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector (SSIR) | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Many nonprofits continue to use their brands primarily as a fundraising tool, but a growing number of nonprofits are developing a broader and more strategic approach, managing their brands to create greater social impact and tighter organizational cohesion.

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An academic "thought piece" about the branding and extended concepts, such as brand integrity and brand democracy.

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The Nonprofits of 2025 (SSIR)

The Nonprofits of 2025 (SSIR) | Organization Management | Scoop.it

ike all institutions and organizations, nonprofits are shaped by political frameworks, policies, and programs. So if we ask what future nonprofits might look like—say, the nonprofits of 2025—we must review past and current trends. For several decades, most developed market economies have seen a general increase in the economic importance of nonprofit organizations as providers of health, social, educational, and cultural services. There also has been a new and renewed emphasis on the social and political roles of nonprofits, usually in the context of civil society, democracy building, and political participation. Indeed, these developments are taking place in many countries, and they are driven in large measure by four broad perspectives.

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This article is largely a consideration of the future relationship between nonprofits and government. Dr. Anheier projects that nonprofits will become more important in policy creation and execution - but exactly how? Here he sets up 4 likely scenarios.

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The Nonprofit Website Project Handbook | SmartCause Digital

The Nonprofit Website Project Handbook | SmartCause Digital | Organization Management | Scoop.it

An organization’s website should highlight its mission and inspire supporters to take action. But where does one begin in building a website? Is your organization ready for a new website project? Who will work on this team, and what is the time and effort required to build a quality website? Does a website fit into this year’s budget?

The Handbook offers an overview of the website design and development process and information helpful to nonprofit staff during a website project. From the organization’s capabilities to design and from launch to post-launch training, this handbook provides essential steps and real-life examples to guide you in what can sometimes be a confusing process.

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Four Recent Facebook Upgrades That Nonprofits Need to Know About

Four Recent Facebook Upgrades That Nonprofits Need to Know About | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Hopefully your nonprofit has grown accustomed to the fact that Facebook is a constant work in progress. That said, some recent upgrades to Facebook Pages have a big impact upon your nonprofit’s presence on Facebook and with the site-wide launch of thenew News Feed and Social Graph Searchcoming soon, many more changes are likely to come. Before you fall behind, make sure that your nonprofit is current with these four recent Facebook upgrades.

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How charities can use television programmes to raise their profile

How charities can use television programmes to raise their profile | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Top tips from the charities that have used television to their advantage. By Jude Habib
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Television is a huge, under-used opportunity for nonprofits. This article has some really inspiring ideas!

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Facebook Graph Search – Five Things Nonprofits Need to Know

Facebook Graph Search – Five Things Nonprofits Need to Know | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Facebook Graph Search is very different from Google search. With Graph Search, you combine a keyword search with friends who’ve shared content on Facebook related to that search.

For example, you can search for friends in Boston who like volunteering for animal shelters.

What this means is that there are now many more ways for people to discover your organization on Facebook!

Here are just five ways graph search will impact your nonprofit’s presence on Facebook.

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Letters from College (Send More Money)

Letters from College (Send More Money) | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Back in the pre-internet days of the 80’s, I was a freshman in college.  I went to an out of state school in Ohio and left my parents back in Northern Illinois.  Long distance telephone calls were expensive and postage stamps were not, so I wrote letters to my folks on a fairly regular basis.  I would write about the wonders of being a college student off on my own for the first time and report how I was doing with my classes.  When I got my mail a few days later, I would find a reply with news from home and an occasional newspaper clipping about a family member, a friend or acquaintance, and even better, the occasional check.

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or "How to write to your donors and get more money."

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Resources for Filing IRS Form 990

Resources for Filing IRS Form 990 | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Non-profits, charities, and other tax-exempt organizations are generally required to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ along with Schedule A with the Internal Revenue Service each year to maintain their tax-exempt status.
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A small amount of background information, followed by links to forms and IRS resources for Form 990 filers.
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Google for nonprofits

Google for nonprofits | Organization Management | Scoop.it

You’re passionate about your mission. And we’re passionate about nonprofits. The Google for Nonprofits program was designed to help you reduce costs, increase collaboration, extend your reach, and increase your impact.

Members will gain access to premium Google products and support, including:

Google Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.YouTube for Nonprofits: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, increased uploading capacity, the ability to select custom thumbnail images, and Call-to-action overlay on your videos.Google Earth Outreach Grants: Free licensing for Google Earth Pro and Maps API for Business.Google Apps for Nonprofit: Free version of Google Apps for Nonprofits
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Google provides numerous products and services free to nonprofits. Check it out here: http://www.google.com/nonprofits/join/

 

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Why charities must be open to mergers and collaboration

Why charities must be open to mergers and collaboration | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Companies merge to make more profit and public sector bodies are reorganised to provide better services – charities should do the same, says David White
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Mr. White asks: "Are we sufficiently bold (and committed to the best interests of our beneficiaries) that we are prepared to put aside our personal preferences and consider working with others?"

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Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog: Make Your Newsletter Shine

Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog: Make Your Newsletter Shine | Organization Management | Scoop.it

In our social media world, is a newsletter still a relevant form of communication?  It can be, if it's done well, which it often isn't.

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My favorite point is "Short and sweet"

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Making the Donor Funnel Work for Your Nonprofit - Valeo Marketing

Making the Donor Funnel Work for Your Nonprofit - Valeo Marketing | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Donations are absolutely critical for almost all nonprofit organizations. A donor “funnel” aims to do exactly that, and is comprised of a few key parts.
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6 Things Not-For-Profits Need to Know about Non-Cash Contributions - AICPA Insights

6 Things Not-For-Profits Need to Know about Non-Cash Contributions - AICPA Insights | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Not-for-profits continue to encounter unique measurement challenges for gifts in kind. There are a variety of approaches available for not-for-profits to value GIK, which can result in large disparities between handlings by different not-for-profits and questions about the application of generally accepted accounting practices to GIK. Other issues such as identifying the applicable principle markets and the effect of nominal fees on GIK require not-for-profits to scrutinize their GIK practices to ensure GAAP is being properly applied.

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A good collection of thoughts to apply to the acceptance of gifts in kind, including observations on valuation, liability and discretion.

Written in accountantese, as one might expect from the AICPA. But that might make it valuable as a starting point for conversations with your own accountant.

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To Stand Out in Today's Nonprofit World, You Must Articulate Impact

To Stand Out in Today's Nonprofit World, You Must Articulate Impact | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Your story. Your case. The difference you make. Your mark on the world. In the nonprofit realm, we use terms like these all the time. They all speak to the notion of "impact." And yet, so many nonprofits struggle mightily to articulate their impact to donors and other key stakeholders.

This problem seems particularly vexing for nonprofits with a research focus. Many such organizations are doing great things behind the scenes, but their impact may not be felt until years from now. Furthermore, they may lack the marketing savvy to explain clearly and in layman's terms what they're doing and why it matters.

Unfortunately, no matter how vital your work is, your fundraising efforts will suffer if you can't communicate impact. More and more charities are competing for donors' money these days. Donors, rightfully so, want to know why they should give to your cause rather than the dozens of others crossing their radar every year. You need to prove you'll put their contribution to good use, thus making a long-term impact. If you can't do this, you won't earn their support.

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Nonprofit Collaborations: Why Teaming Up Can Make Sense - Forbes

Nonprofit Collaborations: Why Teaming Up Can Make Sense - Forbes | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Even if your nonprofit isn’t in financial trouble, your board and management should be alert to opportunities that will improve efficiency and sustainability. It’s best to do this before your nonprofit reaches crisis mode.
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SMARTER Objectives for Your Nonprofit’s One-Person Marketing Team | The Badger Group

SMARTER Objectives for Your Nonprofit’s One-Person Marketing Team | The Badger Group | Organization Management | Scoop.it

When you work in the nonprofit industry it is typical that you are expected to wear many different hats.  This is especially true for the brave folks, who work in the marketing department, or even more common, are the marketing department.  With a small budget and pressures from short deadlines, it is easy to become complacent and settle on not being able to enhance your nonprofit’s marketing efforts because you don’t have the necessary resources available.

If the organization’s marketing efforts are resting solely on your shoulders, every marketing activity you execute should give you the highest return on not only your monetary investment, but your investment of time as well.  This means setting SMARTER (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound, Evaluate, and Reevaluate) objectives.

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Limited staff and resources make prioritizing and delegation critical to nonprofits’ success

Limited staff and resources make prioritizing and delegation critical to nonprofits’ success | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Many nonprofit organizations are running a very tight ship these days. Organizations with too few employees creating miracles with too few resources on a shoestring budget are a common tale in this business. This produces a need to have everything we do drive us toward a specific goal and ensure our actions have meaningful use. But in a world full of special events, major gift prospecting, grant applications, and a slew of other responsibilities, how do you decipher which actions should be a priority?

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The Biggest Mistake Nonprofits Make With Video | Getting Attention

The Biggest Mistake Nonprofits Make With Video | Getting Attention | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Creating engaging, sharable videos doesn’t seem to come naturally for most nonprofits and I think I know why.  Instead of highlighting naturally dynamic stories about people, nonprofits tend to create videos about programs.

I call this The Program Trap.

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Very quick read. Straight to the point: tell a story, don't describe your program.

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Tips and Tools for Integrating Social Media Into Your Nonprofit Event Marketing Plan

Tips and Tools for Integrating Social Media Into Your Nonprofit Event Marketing Plan | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Integrating social media into your nonprofit’s event can help you engage with your organization’s audiences AND help get better results.      Whether your event is hybrid offline/online event or virtual,  one way to think through a strategy for events is a simple:  Before, During, and After.    I queried nonprofit colleagues, asking for their best advice.  Here’s a summary of tips, tools, examples, and resources for getting the most of our your nonprofit event with social media.

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This article digs a little deeper and reveals some of the lesser-known tools that Beth has uncovered for those of us who manage events.

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What business leaders can learn from non-profit organizations

What business leaders can learn from non-profit organizations | Organization Management | Scoop.it

I am continuously amazed by how much passion, energy, and creativity that the volunteers and core team members bring to the table. Interestingly, the level of enthusiasm and engagement I see in these organizations often surpasses what I see in most for-profit companies. This is remarkable when you consider that these people are not being paid or compensated in any way; they are donating their time and energy!

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From another perspective, this article could be entitled "What the Best Nonprofits are doing Right"

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