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Donors Don’t Want Their Gifts Spent On Overhead … Or Do They?

August 22, 2016

“Overhead” can be a dirty word in nonprofit circles. The common belief is that many – if not most – donors don’t want their donations used for anything other than supporting the mission of the organization. So, is it myth or fact? This post shares research from GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator about what is important to donors.

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YouthGiving.org: Showcasing The Power Of Youth As Grantmakers

August 15, 2016

YouthGiving.org connects members of the youth giving movement, elevates the stories of incredible young leaders, and provides a gathering place to propel the movement forward. Sarah Bahn, Foundation Center intern, shares how young people are enhancing the social sector through philanthropy.

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Is the IRS Form 1023-EZ Too EZ?

August 15, 2016

Chuck McLean, a founding employee of GuideStar shares issues that have been raised by the new IRS Form 1023-EZ application for tax-exempt status, which allows some organizations with annual receipts of $50,000 or less to apply on-line using a much simpler form and process than that required by Form 1023.

New Developments in Foundation Support for Leadership Development

August 9, 2016

“Strong leadership is critical for effective social sector organizations, yet the sector chronically underinvests in its leaders.”

So began Leveraging Social Sector Leadership, a 2015 report by U.C. Berkeley researchers for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). The GEO report calls leadership development—for activities such as coaching, mentoring, executive education—the highest form of capacity building for the social sector.

Five Tips for Finding Grantmakers Most Likely to Fund Your Nonprofit

Five Tips for Finding Grantmakers Most Likely to Fund Your Nonprofit

August 9, 2016

You just know it: there is grant funding out there for your nonprofit. The question is how to find it? The answer is by taking a strategic approach to identifying grant opportunities. We offer you these five tips to efficiently and effectively find grant makers that match to your mission and are more likely to fund your nonprofit.

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Resources For Nonprofits On The New Overtime Rule

August 8, 2016

A new overtime rule will go into effect on December 1, 2016. Under it, an increased number of salaried employees must receive overtime pay for work exceeding 40 hours per week. Here are some of the organizations that have created resources to help nonprofit employers determine how the new rule affects them. 

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5 Ways The Yelp Foundation Keeps Grantmaking Local

August 8, 2016

Yelp is a mobile app that connects people with great local businesses in more than 30 countries. In 2011 Yelp created the Yelp Foundation with one percent of company equity with the intent to make an impact locally. Here are five ways the Foundation keeps their grantmaking local.

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We Celebrate Summer with a Social and Book Sale

August 4, 2016

The Library’s book sale, still ongoing, features a variety of texts from fields including but not limited to budgeting, foundations, fundraising, grantwriting, law, philanthropic history, and starting a nonprofit. There are even books in relation to finding scholarships, financial aid, and fellowships for college students, artists, and researchers. All materials cost $1 and the proceeds go toward new acquisitions for the library collection. Come in and see what treasure you may find! 

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IRS Releases Electronically Filed Form 990 Data

August 1, 2016

At long last, the IRS has released large amounts of electronically filed Form 990 data in machine-readable format. Approximately 60 percent of the e-filed returns have been made available now on Amazon Web Services, and the IRS intends to provide monthly updates.

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Raise More Money With Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

August 1, 2016

Peer-to-peer fundraising, also known as social fundraising or P2P fundraising, is a fundraising tactic that mobilizes your organization’s most loyal supporters to raise money on behalf of your nonprofit. It now accounts for nearly one-third of all online fundraising dollars, and that trend is only set to rise in the future. Learn more about peer-to-peer fundraising and whether it is a potential fundraising strategy for your organization.