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  • Conflict-of-interest policies are too important for nonprofits to neglect

    Does your not-for-profit organization have a conflict-of-interest policy in place? Do your board members, trustees and key employees understand how the policy affects them? If you answer “no” to either (or both) of these questions, you have some work to do. A duty

  • Yes, SEO is also important for nonprofits

    If you think search engine optimization (SEO) is something only for-profit businesses need to worry about, think again. The Google rankings of your not-for-profit’s website can make a tremendous difference in the donations and other support you receive.

  • Nonprofit Parking Tax Repeal

    On Friday December 20, 2019, President Trump signed a spending package which included the repeal of the nonprofit parking tax.  This tax applied to employee parking benefits as well as mass transit reimbursement.

  • How many directors does your nonprofit’s board need?

    State law typically specifies the minimum number of directors a not-for-profit must have on its board. But so long as organizations fulfill that requirement, it’s up to them to determine how many total board members they need. Several guidelines can help you arrive at the right number.

  • How to protect your nonprofit’s credit cards from misuse

    A hypothetical not-for-profit staffer named Britney had maxed out her personal credit cards. So when her car needed repairs, she reached for her employer’s card. She reasoned that she would come up with the money to pay the bill before her boss ever saw a statement.

  • Accounting for contributions and grants is now easier

    Accounting for contributions and grants has often proven complicated for not-for-profits, especially when they come with donor-imposed conditions. But 2018 guidance from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) provided some much-needed clarification of earlier instructions.

  • How the EU’s data protection regulations might affect U.S. nonprofits

    Your not-for-profit may have paid little attention to the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect May 25, 2018. The GDPR revises standards for privacy rights, information security and compliance in the EU.

  • Need to know: Give your nonprofit’s board the right information

    To properly fulfill their fiduciary duties, your not-for-profit’s board needs certain information. And it’s up to the executive director and managers to ensure they have it. This doesn’t mean you have to share every internal email, memo or phone message.

  • Avoid excess benefit transactions and keep your exempt status

    One of the worst things that can happen to a not-for-profit organization is to have its tax-exempt status revoked. Among other consequences, the nonprofit may lose credibility with supporters and the public, and donors will no longer be able to make tax-exempt contributions.

  • Protecting youth sports leagues from fraud

    Who would defraud a kids’ organization? The answer, unfortunately, is that trusted adults sometimes steal from not-for-profits benefiting children. Youth sports leagues and teams, for example, are ripe for fraud.

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