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Earlier this week, I had the privilege of guest lecturing for Professor Louise Carroll‘s Nonprofit Strategic Governance class at the University of San Francisco. As a former graduate and adjunct faculty member of the Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program, which may have been the first in the country, I’m always honored by an invitation to return. Here are some selected excerpts from my notes and slides: Common Compliance Issues Failure to timely register, file…
Photo credit: Kristina Blokhin – stock.adobe.com Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Tweets of the Week. Notable Events of the Week: ““Racially motivated violent extremism,” mostly from white supremacists, has made up a majority of domestic terrorism threats, Mr. Wray [Director and head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation] told the House Homeland Security Committee. He also echoed an intelligence community assessment last month…
Charitable nonprofits are organized and operated to further their tax-exempt missions. For some nonprofits, their mission statement is memorialized in their articles of incorporation and/or bylaws. For others, the mission statement can only be found on their public communications (e.g., website), fundraising materials, and annual information returns (Forms 990). In either case, organizational leaders may consider incorporating key values into their mission statements to more firmly anchor those values as legal requirements. Articles of Incorporation…
Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Tweets of the Week. Notable Events of the Week: “Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans” Washington Post “Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’ … The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out…
Charitable nonprofits organizations must comply with state prudent investment laws that apply to their investment assets. In California, as is the case in 49 of the 50 states, the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) sets the rules. Note that there may be some (mostly minor) variation among state laws, but we’ll specifically review UPMIFA as it applies to California nonprofit organizations. Some refer to UPMIFA as the law governing endowments, but, while…
Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Tweets of the Week. Notable Events of the Week: “The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials, keeping investigators from completing an examination of President Trump’s decades-long personal and business ties to Russia.” NY Times “Trump’s illuminating…
The twin crises of pandemic and recession are straining the region’s philanthropies and could force as many as a third of nonprofits to close or merge before the economy recovers, according to top executives in the sector. The Washington Post (8/3/20) In these historically challenging times, there are predictions that we could see more than 500,000 of our 1.6 million registered nonprofits disappear. A relatively modest number of these nonprofits will merge into existing nonprofits,…
Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Tweets of the Week. Notable Events of the Week: “The Justice Department on Wednesday announced a civil rights investigation into the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wis., as new details emerged in the case, a white teenager who confronted demonstrators was arrested in connection with two deaths, and protests spread to athletes in three pro…
Final regulations from the Treasury Department were published and made effective on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, regarding the treatment of payments (not charitable contributions) to charitable entities in return for consideration (value). The regulations finalize proposed regulations issued in December 2019 and incorporate previously published IRS guidance. For a taxpayer to get an allowable deduction as a trade or business expense when making a payment to a charity is no surprise and simply clarifies the…
Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Tweets of the Week. Notable Events of the Week: “Hundreds of thousands of acres of unpopulated land continued to burn across California on Thursday, as dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires moved quickly through dry vegetation and threatened the edges of cities and towns in the state’s northern and central regions.” Washington Post “The U.S. Postal Service will halt its…