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Register Now! December 8th Webinar with Retention Fundraising Expert

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

 

 

Last Chance to Register: Keep your donors while you can

 

Why let one more hard-won donor leak through the bucket when instead, she could be a lifetime supporter of your organization? Building good relationships is essential to retaining donors but knowing how isn’t always easy.

Thanks to a study of more than 250 organizations, Craver and his collaborators have introduced a framework for boosting retention and the lifetime value of donors. He addresses the fundraiser’s focus on what matters most to donors, how to respond efficiently to them and how to overthrow retention barriers.

From what drives donors to stay to what prompts them to leave, Craver makes it impossible to look the other way on retention--and your nonprofit will be better for it.

 

Webinar with Roger Craver

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Roger Craver Thursday, December 8, at 11:00 Central Time for a webinar interview at your desk.

 

Craver will touch on the following topics:

 

               Why retention is important

               Why donors leave

               How to measure retention

               7 key drivers of donor commitment

               Barriers to retention

               Easy retention wins

 

Register

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

 

See more

 

See more with the Page to Practicesummary of Craver’s book:

·      Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page (www.causeplanet.org) and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

·      Click on “Summary Library” to see Retention Fundraising and more titles.

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5 Things You May Not Know About Form 990

Posted By Don Engler, Wegmann Dazet & Company, Friday, December 2, 2016

With over 300 pages of instructions and 300 possible questions to answer, the IRS Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax is a complex and extensive form. It is filed annually by most exempt organizations, including charities. Here are five things you may not know or may have forgotten about Form 990:   

  1. It is a misnomer to call Form 990 an “income tax return.” There is no income tax calculation in the core Form 990 or within any of the accompanying schedules. The fact that it is not an income tax return becomes very important when attempting to apply the Internal Revenue Code to the filing of Form 990. Generally, where the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations only reference an “income tax return,” the code or regulation in question will not normally apply to Form 990. It is very important, however, to remember that organizations subject to unrelated business income taxes (UBIT) file a separate Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return, which can be subject to the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations related to the filing of an income tax return.
  2. There are 16 possible schedules that can be attached to the core Form 990. These schedules run the gamut from Schedule A, which is a required attachment for all Section 501(c)(3) organizations, to Schedule R that reports related entities, certain transactions with related entities, as well as certain unrelated partnerships. There is a schedule for foreign activities as well as for hospitals (Schedules F and H, respectively). There is, however, only one schedule that must be attached to every Form 990 that is filed: Schedule O, which is used to report required and supplemental information to the form.
  3.  Some organizations get tripped up on reporting of lobbying expenses. Lobbying expenses are those amounts paid for activities intended to influence legislation, be it foreign, national, state or local. The IRS makes the distinction between direct lobbying and grassroots lobbying. Direct lobbying applies to instances in which organizations attempt to influence legislators. Grassroots lobbying is when the organization attempts to influence legislation through influencing the general public, such as urging supporters to contact legislators with a position on specific legislation. Lobbying expenditures are reported within the Statement of Functional Expenses on Line 11d on the core form. However, not all lobbying expenditures are to be reported on this line. Salaries paid to an employee of the filing where the employee is engaged in lobbying is not to be reported on 11d.  Section 501(c) organizations and Section 527 organizations are subject to limitations on lobbying and use Schedule C to furnish additional information.
  4. Your organization is being watched. Form 990 is heavily scrutinized, not only by the IRS, but also by state regulatory entities that use it to investigate exempt organizations operating in their states. In over 40 states, Form 990 is filed as part of the charitable fundraising registration process. In addition, the form is made widely available and used by charitable rating agencies. Readers have various motives for looking at the form, so it is important to look at it with an eye toward how all potential readers will react to the information being presented.
  5. In many instances, you cannot just check a box and be done. It is vital to read the instructions carefully. To give just one example, consider Section B of Part VII of Form 990, in which organizations report the five highest compensated independent contractors. The compensation to report is not limited to those contractors receiving a Form 1099 from the filing organization. You must report in Section B the top five that were paid more than $100,000 for services (not purchases of tangible personal property or rental or real property) rendered to the organization regardless of the need to prepare a Form 1099 for the service provider. The measurement date for the $100,000 is for the year ending within the year being filed. In other words, a June 30, 2016 fiscal year-end organization should look to the payments for services made during the year ending Dec. 31, 2015.

 

- See more at: http://blog.aicpa.org/2016/12/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-irs-form-990.html#sthash.ToJ8mQfo.dpuf

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Changes to Out-of-State Sales & Use Taxes

Posted By Faulk & Winkler, Monday, November 28, 2016

Louisiana law requires that you report out-of-state purchases on your Louisiana income tax for collecting sales tax. This is referred to as Use Tax. Effective July 1, 2017, Louisiana will require that a "remote retailer" or "dealer" who is not otherwise required to collect tax from Louisiana customers to provide a list of the names and addresses of any Louisiana customer whose purchases exceed $250 during a year. This new reporting requirement only applies to dealers who have sales of at least $50,000 in Louisiana during the year (including affiliates). This will apply to large online retailers like Amazon.

 

The seller must provide each applicable purchaser with an annual statement recapping total purchases in a year by Jan. 31 of the following year. This communication may be through email. By March 1 the seller must provide a list of the names and addresses of the applicable purchasers to the state. The list will only contain totals and will not be itemized in any way (i.e.: the state will not know what you purchased, just the total amount).

 

Although commonly ignored, Use Tax is not a new tax. This new reporting requirement is designed to increase collection efforts for the state by providing information on the amount purchased from out-of-state vendors where sales tax was not collected. However, some retailers may contest this law in court and how the state plans to enforce it remains an open question.

 

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Register Now! Webinar with Fundraising Retention Expert on Dec 8

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, November 28, 2016

 

 

Why let one more hard-won donor leak through the bucket when instead, she could be a lifetime supporter of your organization? Building good relationships is essential to retaining donors but knowing how isn’t always easy.

 

Thanks to a study of more than 250 organizations, Craver and his collaborators have introduced a framework for boosting retention and the lifetime value of donors. He addresses the fundraiser’s focus on what matters most to donors, how to respond efficiently to them and how to overthrow retention barriers.

 

From what drives donors to stay to what prompts them to leave, Craver makes it impossible to look the other way on retention--and your nonprofit will be better for it.

 

Webinar with Retention Expert and Author Roger Craver

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Roger Craver Thursday, December 8, at 11:00 Central Time for a webinar interview at your desk.

 

Craver will touch on the following topics:

 

   Why retention is important

   Why donors leave

   How to measure retention

   7 key drivers of donor commitment

   Barriers to retention

   Easy retention wins

 

Register

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.) Or you can cut and paste this link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/rpi0dh1w6i43&eom

 

See more with the Page to Practicesummary of Craver’s book:

 

· Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page (www.causeplanet.org) and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

 

· Click on “Summary Library” to see Retention Fundraising and more titles.

 

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Fundraising workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, November 28, 2016

Grantwriting for Beginners
Tuesday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration

 

Are you involved with a nonprofit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.


Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.


Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.


For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.  Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Breaking News - Texas Federal District Judge blocks Obama overtime rule

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Late on Tuesday, a federal district judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Overtime Final Rule, ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority. Barring a last-minute appeal, the overtime rule will not go into effect as scheduled on December 1 because of this decision.

 

At issue is the question of which employees qualify for an exemption from the requirement under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that most employees are entitled to time and a half overtime pay for work in excess of 40 hours in a week. The FLSA exempts from the overtime requirement “any employee employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity,” often called the EAP or “white collar” employees. Current regulations require that employees must possess the duties of executives, administrative workers, or professionals and be paid more than a minimum salary. The overtime rule published by the Labor Department in May, and set to go into effect on December 1, would have more than doubled the existing “salary level test” for exempt white collar employees from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year).

 

Twenty-one Governors and Attorneys General filed suit in federal court challenging the overtime rule on several grounds. Siding with the states, Federal Judge Amos Mazzant held that the white collar exemption is clearly based on the duties that individual employees perform, and that the Labor Department did not have the authority to create a different or higher standard. Specifically, he ruled: “Congress gave the Department the authority to define what type of duties qualify [for the overtime exemption] — it did not give the Department the authority to supplant the duties test and establish a salary test that causes bona fide EAP’s to suddenly lose their exemption ‘irrespective of their job duties and responsibilities.’”

 

The judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction. The Department of Labor is expected to appeal the decision, meaning that injunction could be lifted and the overtime rule put in place in a matter of weeks or months. 

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Grants Training in Pearl River, LA - December 8-9, 2016

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tammany Parish Sheriffs Office and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Pearl River, December 8-9, 2016. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

 

Click here for full event details.

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

Tuition is $455 and includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.

Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration areavailable here.

 

Contacts:

Kaelee DeLisle
at Grant Writing USA
888.435.7281 toll free
kaelee@grantwritingusa.com

 

Bobby Golding
Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
985.863.6508
robertgolding@stpso.com

More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.

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Don’t Miss Out: Mobile and social media inspire giving to your nonprofit

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Don’t Miss Out: Mobile and social media inspire giving to your nonprofit

The first text-to-give campaign was launched by United Way of America in 2008, which raised $10,000. In 2010, the response to the Haiti earthquake raised an astonishing $35 million over three weeks. Learn how to create thriving text-to-give campaigns, and fully utilize mobile capabilities. 

Making Mobile Work for You


Every piece of advice in Mobile for Good is a result of author Heather Mansfield’s own personal use of and experimentation with mobile and social media. Mansfield asserts that thriving in this realm is both an art and a science. This book will help you excel at both. Your staff must create and think like an artist while implementing online communications and use research about donor behavior in this realm.

 

Webinar with Heather Mansfield

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Heather Mansfield Friday, January 27, at 11:00 Central Time at a webinar interview at your desk.

 

Mansfield will touch on the following topics:

 

    What are the benefits of adding social and mobile media to your fundraising plan? 

    How do you create and implement a social fundraising strategy?

    What are some ways to determine a social content strategy?

    How do you use mobile and social networks to distribute content?

 

Register

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

 

See more

 

See more with the Page to Practicesummary of Manfield’s book:

 

·       Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page (www.causeplanet.org) and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

·       Click on “Summary Library” to see Mobile for Good  and more titles.

 

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Webinar with Roger Craver: keep your donors for a lifetime

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Monday, November 21, 2016

Don’t Miss Out: Diminish donor attrition

Attrition costs your organization money and effort. It undermines the sector as a whole. Unfortunately, many fundraisers accept low donor retention as a fact of life.

Roger Craver says it doesn’t have to be that way. Craver has unpacked the answers to many of the challenges nonprofits face with attrition such as shifting the fundraiser’s focus to what matters most to donors, overthrowing retention barriers, responding efficiently and more.

Learn how to increase your retention rates


The nonprofit sector is in dire need of determined action to diminish donor attrition. Thanks to a study of more than 250 organizations, Craver and his collaborators have introduced a framework for boosting retention and the lifetime value of donors.

 

Webinar with Roger Craver

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Roger Craver Thursday, December 8, at 11:00 Central Time for a webinar interview at your desk.

 

Craver will touch on the following topics:

 

    Why retention is important

    Why donors leave

    How to measure retention

    7 key drivers of donor commitment

    Barriers to retention

    Easy retention wins

 

Register

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

 

See more

 

See more with the Page to Practicesummary of Craver’s book:

·       Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page (www.causeplanet.org) and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

·       Click on “Summary Library” to see Retention Fundraising and more titles.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation Host Business Forum and Launch Nonprofit Capacity Building Grant Program ​

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, November 17, 2016

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation Host Business Forum and Launch Nonprofit Capacity Building Grant Program

 

November 14, 2016

 

JPMorgan Chase & Co. to award $400,000 to local nonprofit capacity building organizations at business forum, co-hosted by the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tracey Rutnik Deputy Director, Research and Policy, Program on Philanthropy & Social Innovation

The Aspen Institute tracey.rutnik@aspeninstitute.org

202.736.2501

 

Washington, DC (November 14, 2016) – The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are pleased to announce the first cohort of grant recipients for the newly launched nonprofit capacity building program. Through a competitive application process, ten local nonprofit capacity building organizations were awarded a grant in support of continued growth or sustainability in key areas of organizational capacity. The organizations selected provide exceptional programs and services to local nonprofits and are critical to ensuring the health and vitality of communities across the nation.

 

“We believe that a robust nonprofit sector is essential for stronger communities and a more vibrant economy. JPMorgan Chase is pleased to support our first cohort of nonprofit capacity building grantees who are working to strengthen the operations and effectiveness of local nonprofit organizations,” said Naomi Camper, Head of the Office of Nonprofit Engagement at JPMorgan Chase. “We are committed to using our financial, intellectual, and human capital to help strengthen nonprofit organizations, and look forward to continue bringing visibility to the vital role of the nonprofit sector.”

 

Grant recipients will be officially announced at the Business Forum: Strengthening Nonprofits, Strengthening Communities to be held on November 15, 2016 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

 

The forum will gather 100 leaders from the business, philanthropic, and government sectors who share a commitment to building healthy, vibrant, stable communities where businesses and people can thrive. Sessions for the half-day forum will explore the importance of collaborative partnerships, highlight effective models and lessons learned, and foster cross-sector communication to advance stronger, more resilient nonprofit organizations.

 

“We are delighted to partner with JPMorgan Chase to provide a platform for business, philanthropy, and government leaders to learn from one another and embrace collaboration.” said Jane Wales, Vice President, Philanthropy and Society at the Aspen Institute. “The challenges facing our communities are becoming increasingly complex. By leveraging resources and expertise from across sectors, we have the potential to achieve greater impact and ensure a stronger future for generations to come.”


Forum speakers and panelists will include: Clara Miller, President, F.B. Heron Foundation; Paul Quintero, CEO, ACCION East; John Brothers, President, T. Rowe Price Foundation; Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Chief Impact Officer, Living Cities; Tom Foley, Deputy Director/Access to Assets Program Director, World Institute on Disability; Elizabeth Connelly, Head of Healthcare, Higher Education and Not- For-Profit Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Jane Wales, Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, the Aspen Institute. Bill Shore, Co-Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength will be featured as the keynote speaker.

 

To stay engaged with the event online:

 

·          Follow us on Twitter at @AspenPSI and @jpmorgan #StrongerNonProfits

·          Videos, photos, and blog entries will be available after the event at:https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/program-on-philanthropy-and-social- innovation-psi/capacity-building/

 

The 2016 – 2017 JPMorgan Chase & Co. Nonprofit Capacity Building Grantees to be announced at the Business Forum are:

 

Catalyst Miami, Miami, FL

Center for NYC Neighborhoods, New York, NY

CNM Connect, Dallas, TX

Fair Chance, Washington, DC

Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Atlanta, GA

Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, New Orleans, LA

Michigan Community Resources, Detroit, MI

Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL

Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, FL

South Florida Community Development Coalition, Miami, FL

 

To learn more about nonprofit capacity building partnership between the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and read the Stronger Nonprofits, Stronger Communities Action Brief, please visit: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/program-on-philanthropy-and-social-innovation- psi/capacity-building/

 

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. www.aspeninstitute.org.

 

JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Nonprofit Engagement (ONE) manages many of the firm’s relationships with nonprofit organizations involved in advocacy, thought leadership and services for low- and moderate-income communities, communities of color and people with disabilities. With staff based throughout the country, ONE works with nonprofits – ranging from large, national intermediaries to small, local organizations – by providing support that goes beyond financial capital. ONE is redefining community engagement by taking an active role in policy discussions, conference participation and organizational support, with a focus on strengthening the nonprofit sector.


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