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Nonprofit Advisor - Fall 2012 Edition


A Well-Crafted Investment Policy
Investment income is a critical way for a nonprofit organization to grow and fulfill its mission. But to make the most of your investment income, you need to spell out your goals in a formal, written policy. Forming a policy can be a delicate act of balancing the desires of directors -- who want to avoid losses with a conservative policy -- against others looking for strong returns with an aggressive strategy.  Click Full Article link below for more details.
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Advantages of Sponsoring Another Charity
Fiscal sponsorships -- a kind of legal and financial umbrella -- can benefit both qualified not-for-profits and charitable projects that lack 501(c)(3) status. But before agreeing to sponsor a group, be sure you understand how such sponsorships work, as well as how they differ from similar, less advantageous arrangements.  Click Full Article link below for more details.
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Does Your Board "Get" Your Financials?
Accurate, relevant and timely financial information is key to making good decisions for not-for-profit executives and board members. But do all of your board members really understand the numbers they receive and what they mean to your organization? If you're not sure, you may want to reassess the usefulness of the financial information you provide. Click Full Article link below for more details.
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Impress Your "Suitors" with Financial Information
Attracting funding organizations and large individual contributors to donate money to a not-for-profit organization is a little like finding a spouse -- you want to create the best impression during the courtship in the hope that the other person will find you to be a "good catch" and make a commitment. The financial information on your nonprofit has the potential to create a great first impression, but there are some things to keep in mind. Click Full Article link below for more details.
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An IRS Magnet – UBIT Expense Allocations Draw Scrutiny
The IRS is concerned that many not-for-profits may be improperly reporting losses related the tax they pay on unrelated business activities, and thus may not be paying unrelated business income tax (UBIT). The focus on the reporting of unrelated business income comes in the wake of an IRS compliance study of 400 public and private colleges and universities. The agency collected statistical information to determine if it needed to look further into how the organizations allocated expenses, resulting in 30 IRS audits. Click Full Article link below for more details.
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