3rd Annual Southeast Iowa Nonprofit Summit

By |2017-05-03T11:39:33-05:00September 21st, 2017||

This day-long event features stimulating dialogue, presentations, learning and networking opportunities addressing a variety of critical nonprofit capacity building topics.  Perfect for board members, staff and volunteers!  The entire day is designed to teach, inspire and connect the nonprofit community. This event is offered free to participants thanks to the sponsorship of various elements by [...]

Nonprofit Know-How: Board Boot Camp

By |2017-05-03T11:59:51-05:00June 21st, 2017||

About the Trainer: Kari McCann Boutell has served as the President of the Iowa Council of Foundations since 2015. In this role, Kari works directly with the ICoF board of directors and oversees organizational activities including strategic planning, program development and management, membership recruitment and retention, as well as education and outreach for the purpose of supporting philanthropy in Iowa. Kari started her career in philanthropy in eighth-grade as a youth grantmaker. She earned her B.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 and completed her M.A. in Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in May 2013.

Creating An Operating Reserve

By |2017-04-21T12:32:32-05:00April 13th, 2017|Nonprofit, Saving|

Consider the consequences for your nonprofit if an unexpected event were to deplete your cash on hand. You could be forced to divert funds from essential programs to cover the shortfall. When cash flow is tight or funds are needed due to unforeseen circumstances, an operating reserve fund can help sustain your organization. Building Reserves [...]

Boosting Morale: A Win-Win

By |2017-04-21T12:32:45-05:00April 13th, 2017|Morale, Nonprofit|

When resources are limited and demand for services is high, it’s no surprise that workers at nonprofits may feel stressed and discouraged. If left unchecked, low morale can make fulfilling your mission a lot more difficult. You may be able to turn things around at your organization with these morale-boosting ideas. Cultivate Mutual Respect A [...]

Moving Day

By |2017-04-21T12:32:56-05:00April 13th, 2017|Moving, Nonprofit, Tips|

Moving can be a chore, but planning ahead may minimize disruptions and downtime. Don’t Keep It a Secret As soon as possible, notify your donors, vendors, suppliers, constituents, and any other individuals or businesses that come in contact with your nonprofit that you’re relocating. Send email messages, mail out postcards, and put up signs at [...]

Vehicle Donations: Helping Your Cause

By |2017-04-21T12:42:25-05:00April 13th, 2017|Donation, Nonprofit, Vehicle|

Not-for-profit organizations typically engage in a variety of fundraising activities to support their programs and further their tax-exempt purpose. One activity that often resonates with charities and donors alike is the sale of donated vehicles. If your organization currently has or is considering a vehicle donation program, following IRS rules can keep your program running [...]

Protect Your Tax Exemption

By |2017-04-21T12:42:44-05:00April 13th, 2017|Exempt, Nonprofit, Tax, Tax Services|

Charities that conduct vehicle donation programs may jeopardize their tax-exempt status by operating the program in a manner that improperly benefits private parties. Generally, a charity’s tax-exempt status won’t be affected if it does any of the following with donated vehicles: Sells the donated cars and uses the proceeds exclusively to fund its charitable programs [...]

Telling Your Story With Form 990

By |2017-04-21T12:43:02-05:00April 13th, 2017|IRS, Nonprofit, Tax, Tax Services|

Attracting and retaining donors can be among the more challenging tasks for your nonprofit organization. So you’ll want to take every opportunity to help potential supporters recognize the value of your mission. IRS Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, offers a convenient vehicle for getting your story out. The Internal Revenue Code [...]

Acting on a Charity’s Behalf

By |2017-04-21T12:49:15-05:00January 1st, 2017|Deductions, Nonprofit, Tax, Tax Services|

If a for-profit business collects donations on behalf of a charity, are the contributions tax deductible for the donors? If the business is acting as an agent for the charity, the donations may be tax deductible. The agent can also provide contemporaneous written documentation to donors to substantiate their income tax deductions. The agent should [...]

Budgeting For Funding

By |2017-04-21T12:49:30-05:00January 1st, 2017|Fundraising, Nonprofit|

Fundraising plays an essential role in helping nonprofit organizations secure the money they need to fulfill their missions. Creating a budget for fundraising can help an organization utilize available resources most effectively. Determining How Much Is Needed A first step in the budgeting process is calculating the amount of additional capital needed. Subtracting expected income [...]

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