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The Problem With Donor Advised Funds
Donor Advised Fund
Ellis Carter

The Problem With Donor Advised Funds

With the growing popularity of donor-advised funds (DAFs), nonprofits have been keeping a close eye on new regulatory proposals that could result in increased oversight and scrutiny of DAFs. Recently, a new proposal from the Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving is gaining traction in the philanthropic community and may signal that major changes in regulation and oversight of charities may be in the works. 

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It's Not Too Late to Claim 2020 Tax Credits
Tax Credit
Ellis Carter

It’s Not Too Late to Claim 2020 State Tax Credits

State charitable tax credits are a win for everyone; qualified charities receive the support they need at no extra expense to the taxpayer beyond what they would already owe to the state in taxes. Note that while credits are non-refundable (i.e. if you don’t end up owing enough in taxes to fully benefit from the credits, you will not get a refund from the state), unused credits can be carried forward for 5 years.

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Charity Scams
Risk Management
Ellis Carter

Charity Scams (and How to Avoid Them)

Thoroughly research a charity before giving. What are they doing to serve the community, and do they actually do what they say they will do? How much of their costs go to overhead and administration versus providing actual services to the community they serve? The following organizations provide reputable information on how charities do business and spend their donations.

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Boost Your Nonprofit's Year End Giving
Fundraising Event
Ellis Carter

Boost Your Nonprofit’s Year End Giving

As the pandemic continues to dominate the daily dialogue, giving trends have kept apace with the rise in awareness surrounding public health issues. Likewise, racial justice and politics have taken their share of the stage and giving to both causes has increased from previous years. But can we expect giving to be reduced in other sectors as a result? Not necessarily, say survey respondents. Still, it’s helpful to examine your nonprofit’s mission vis-a-vis pandemic relief and other salient issues; strive to ensure that your messaging effectively ties in your mission to those issues that are top of mind for donors.

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Top 15 Nonprofit Governance Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
Fiduciary Duties
Ellis Carter

Top 15 Nonprofit Governance Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

We’ve updated our list of Top Nonprofit Governance Mistakes to include additional observations over the past decade and to provide our best advice on how to avoid these mistakes.

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Managing Nonprofit Volunteers
Starting a non-profit
Ellis Carter

Tips for Managing Volunteers

While many nonprofits may be enjoying the surge in volunteerism, relying on volunteers can come with its share of risks. Still, abiding by a few key practices can ensure that both the nonprofit organization and its volunteers get the most out of the experience. 

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