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Free Corporate Philanthropy Search Portal - The NonProfit Times launched a free search portal that allows nonprofits to search, view and save information about corporate donors, recipient organizations and the size of gifts. To research current donors, create customized prospect lists and much more, visit the Nonprofit Times Web site and click on "Donation Portal" or

Google for Non-Profits - A new portal, called Google for Nonprofits ( ), is now available that provides charities access and guidance on how to use a variety of tools and resources that Google offers. For each service, Google for Nonprofits also offers instructions (with video tutorials) on how to use the program, as well as guidance as to how charities can get the most benefit out of each. Use of each of the services is free of charge. The site also features examples of how some charities are already using the various tools to further their mission.

Building Trust With Print And Online Appeals - According to a recent article in Philanthropy Journal that was written by Richard D. Waters, a communications professor at N.C. State University, recent research in public relations shows that an individual's decision to give to charity is directly tied to trust-the belief that a nonprofit will produce results with each donation. The full text of the article can be found on the Philanthropy Journal website
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What a great idea- a low-profit, limited liability company (L3C). A hybrid of a nonprofit and for-profit organization designed to attract private investments and philanthropic capital in ventures designed to provide a social benefit.

The problem faced by WEAVE, a DC nonprofit, is symbolic of what is happening to many nonprofis in this difficult economic climate.

Fundraising Tip: Personalize the premiums to donors.

When it is the right time to hire a development officer:

Introducing the Southern Maryland Applied Research and Technology Consortium, Inc. (a green technology and computer recycling nonprofit). I invite you to learn more about the great job they do by visiting: .

The IRS Form 990 FAQs and tips for nonprofit organizations can be found at:,,id=211430,00.html

Wall Street Journal: What's Wrong With Charitable Giving—and How to Fix It (2009 article)

Here is an article from earlier this year that still may be of interest - A Cheat Sheet For A Down Economy:

The Disruption of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program: Causes, Consequences, Responses, and Proposed Correctives, published by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, examines the new Tax Credit Assistance Program and Tax Credit Exchange Program. Visit

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 ("COPPA") protects certain personal information that a website collects from children under the age of 13. For more information, please see

The Wall Street Journal reports that due to the recession (Great Recession) there is a shake out in the nonprofit sector that includes layoffs, mergers and closings.

What Happens When I Default on a Business Loan?

Dress Code Policies: Nonprofits like other sectors of the economy, almost all nonprofits with employees have some form of a dress code policy. When creating a dress code policy for your business, apply your policy equally to all employees. Unfair dress code policies are considereddiscriminatory and may be grounds for a lawsuit.

Fiscal sponsorship for nonprofits-- it's more than you think.

Donating to Charities via Text Messages:

Aspiritech, a nonprofit in the suburbs of Chicago, is trying to help improve the job outlook for people with Asperger's and high-functioning autism.

IRS set out new fees that apply to exemption applications and requests for rulings and determination letters from the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division.,,id=121515,00.html

How to find out the status of an application to the IRS for tax-exempt status.,,id=156733,00.html

How Nonprofits Can Profit Without Betraying Their Mission:

Here is a useful link to the U.S. Copyright Office:

Federal Home Loan Banks have special programs for affordable housing and community investment including the Affordable Housing Program, the Community Investment Program (CIP) and Community Investment Cash Advances (CICA). CIP advances loans to FHLBanks members (at cost) to make funds available to both households and businesses. CICA assists economic development with long-term advances and grants for commercial, industrial, manufacturing, social service, public facility and infrastructure purposes.

IdeaEncore Network, an online marketplace for the sharing of ready-to-use tools, presentations, course outlines, templates, and project plans within and between nonprofit organizations.

The Case for Sabbaticals:

Instead of grants some wealthy people are offering philanthropic support for notable causes and ideas in the form of prizes:

Reduce the Burden of Grantmaking: New Guides Available:

Take a Cue from Idol, Dawg!

Article on Capital Campaign fundraising for nonprofits & churches: Your Capital Campaign: Are You Ready to Succeed?

Nonprofit Board members want to give more than just dollars. They want to give input, guidance and direction. If you don’t let them lead, they won’t want to give.

IRS has put together the following list of 6 things you should know about the tax treatment of tax-exempt organizations: annual returns are made available to the public, donor lists generally are not public information, how to find tax-exempt organizations, which organizations may accept charitable contributions, requirement for organizations not able to accept deductible contributions, and how to report inappropriate activities by an exempt organization.,,id=205630,00.html

Before you create a name for your new business/nonprofit it is important to do a name search & check public records. If your sole proprietorship or partnership is going by a name other than your own, make sure you file it with the appropriate state or territory office. Not only must your name reflect your brand and be memorable, there are also a host of legal issues to consider.

How to protect your nonprofit in the social media age:

Nonprofits are acquiring for-profit corporations:

A blueprint for action any nonprofit can use to create an online advocacy plan:

Nonprofit leader compensation: How much should non-profit leaders earn?

The three very important manuals that your nonprofit should have are an accounting manual, employment manual, and general operations manual.

The Top Six Reasons Board Candidates Choose One Nonprofit Over Others to serve on:

Putting People First in the Nonprofit Sector: The best nonprofit leaders, however, have proven that if we truly think and act on a PEOPLE FIRST basis, we can get even more done, with even less, and make greater strides towards our organizations’ missions. Read more:

The website Subsidyscope, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and Sunlight Foundation, provides a new feature that allows the public to search a database for detailed information about federal grants and contracts with nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit organizations need to maintain adequate reserves to safeguard their financial stability, according to a new paper by Grant Thornton. To download a copy of the white paper, visit

What's The CEO Job Worth To The Nonprofit Organization? The value is the CEO Premium. In practical terms, the Nonprofit CEO's role plays itself out in the top line -- revenue, better known as “growth.” Management generally is responsible for revenue and expenses, but the responsibility for the former often falls disproportionately on the CEO for a number of subtle but powerful reasons. Another reason why revenue is the natural focus of a CEO and the source of the CEO Premium is because seeking sources of support is a divergent, creative task.

Nonprofit Fundraising Tech Tip: Free Fundraising Thermometers for you to use on your website can be found at

Nonprofit Fundraising Tech Tip: Free way to expand your reach with a Google Grant. It is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations. Google supports organizations sharing their philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts.

Nonprofit Fundraising Resource: Read the following to learn more about how much it costs nonprofit organizations to lose donors and acquire new ones at

Nonprofit Fundraising FYI: For many nonprofits, starting a successful planned giving program is as simple as encouraging bequests. Here is some advice on getting started at

"The new 990 is a big step forward to bring better, more usable information to a wide range of stakeholders including current and prospective donors, watchdog groups, public officials, media, and other nonprofits...Ultimately, the most important user of your 990 is you."

A recent post at the Nonprofit Conversation blog discusses the changing of the title of the Executive Director in a nonprofit to President/C.E.O. However, I feel that the nonprofit must consider the legal consquences of such a title change before making such a decision. You can read the article at: What’s in a Name? Benefits of the President/CEO Title:

Fundraising News: Convio, a provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organizations to more effectively raise funds, and PayPal announced an agreement that will enable nonprofits to implement PayPal to collect donations online.

Nonprofit Board Resource: Center for Community Change. "How to Run a Good Meeting: A Guide for New Leaders." 2007 at

Nonprofit Board Resource: "Nonprofit Board Basics Online." that contains links to a free, interactive online course with a virtual conference, animation, more resources and online self-assessement can be found at

Nonprofit Board Resource: "Sample Job Descriptions for Board Members of Community-Based Organizations" at

Nonprofit Fundraising Resource: "Writing a Winning Proposal" from at

Nonproft Finance Resource: Nonprofits Assistance Fund's "Using this Cash Flow Projection Worksheet" posted at can be found here:

Panera Co. plans to open more pay-what-you-wish nonprofit restaurants:

A great blog post on Nonprofit Embezzlement: More Common and More Preventable Than You Think can be found at

Nonprofit grant resources (DC): An electronic clearinghouse for all District of Columbia government grant notices are available through the Mayor's Office of Partnerships and Grant Services District Grants Clearinghouse at,a,1316,q,609787.asp