Category Archives: Grants

When is a Contribution Not a Contribution? By Billy Minch, CPA

For those of us who spend our lives working in, with, or around nonprofit organizations, this is generally thought of as a pretty easily answered question… but is it really? Recently, several of the clients we serve have received contributions from vendors and service providers that may challenge, or at least stretch, the definition of what gets recorded as a contribution. Continue Reading

Benefiting Individuals

Donors wishing to help the victims of a tragedy, a serious illness, or other major hardship are often surprised to learn that gifts earmarked for specific individuals are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. This rule catches many donors off guard as it is not intuitive that gifts made to individuals who are clearly in need would not be considered charitable. Continue Reading

How to Capture Those Elusive Grants – Part 1

The trouble with obtaining grants from foundations is that you either have to be very well known, like a children’s hospital or a well-established school, or you have to have a very strong “in.” Most non profits, especially new ones, typically have neither. However, if your program is fulfilling a compelling need in a new and creative way, you may still attract those elusive grants. Continue Reading