Charities Now Required to E-File IRS Form 990s

For the past few years, Charity Navigator has pointed to the benefits and importance of electronically filing (E-file) the IRS Form 990.  Because the content gleaned from an E-filed 990 is machine-readable, it is more accessible for the general public. Electronically filing the 990 provides charities with a direct line to the IRS for providing…

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New York City Council Says “No Thanks” to Cashless Economy

US Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs. January 23, 2020; New York Times Cold, hard cash: many businesses don’t want it. At least, they don’t want the physical currency. According to some recent reporting by the Wall Street Journal and others, an increasing number of retailers no longer accept payments…

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Executive Transitions: Replacing One with Two

“Sliced Chioggia Beets, Mitosis,” Ano Lobb January 25, 2020; Public Radio Tulsa When David Fritze, the executive editor of Oklahoma Watch, announced last month that he would be retiring this year, the board chairman said a restructuring would result in hiring both an executive editor and an executive director, thus dividing Fritze’s job in two….

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Why Nonprofit Staff Wages Are as Important as CEO Salaries

CharlesAPhillips63 [CC BY-SA] January 20, 2020; Generocity Generocity, a Philadelphia-focused publication, reports the average chief executive compensation at the 10 largest nonprofit organizations by gross receipts for each of six different budget categories. Ranging from under $1 million for “grassroots” to $5 billion and above for “powerhouse,” the infographic sorts organizations by size, names organizations…

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GreenLight Fund Expands to Its Ninth City

From @GreenLightDET. January 14, 2020; Star Tribune The Boston-based GreenLight Fund, a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives of children and families in urban low-income neighborhoods, is expanding to Minneapolis-St. Paul, its ninth site, after raising $5 million in matching local investment. GreenLight was cofounded in 2004 by Boston venture capitalist John Simon and…

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Pressing for Social Justice Is Essential, Says Laura Arnold, but Here’s What Makes It Hard for Megadonors

Laura Arnold, a Giving Pledge, says traditional approaches to philanthropy provide instant gratification from a person who got help while seeking systemic change is a battle that takes a long time and can get nasty. Still, she says, philanthropists are in the best position to fight for new approaches, even controversial ones, because they don’t…

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4 Tips for Maximizing Association Membership

Similar to how nonprofit organizations implement donor retention strategies, associations work to keep members renewing each year.  They’re not only “members” in the sense that they get discounts or a subscription ― it’s about belonging. Your members are everyone involved with your organization, all parts of a greater whole. No association is the same, so…

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