Donating Artwork: Documentation & Appraisals

I recently had the opportunity to attend a lecture on Art & Legacy Planning at the Phoenix Art Museum and heard a talk by Susan L. Brundage, Director of Appraisal Services at Art Dealers Association of America. She shared a lot of great information on maintaining documentation for artwork, getting artwork appraised, and the tax …

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How to Account for Donated Auction Items

Believe it or not, it’s already the holiday season where not only do you begin thinking about what your loved ones want as gifts but also how to properly pull off your annual fundraising gala. Many not-for-profit events not only have entertainment, a call to action, and great food, but also have silent or live …

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The Burk Donor Survey

The 2014 Burk Donor Survey was released earlier this year. This survey is a study that was done by fundraising expert Penelope Burk, which analyzes the changes in donor giving each year. More importantly, it gives insight to how donors intend to give in the upcoming 12-month period. This survey asked 23,000 donors in the …

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Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Mobile Site

It should be no surprise that the use of cell phones has increased. While it has been the source of a lot of talk over the years, it appears we’re finally at a tipping point. Emarketer created a chart to show the shift in search volume in the U.S. since 2011. Their results concluded that …

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Accounting for Joint Activities

Determining whether an organization conducts joint activities and properly accounts for these activities can be challenging at times, as it can be subjective depending on the fundraising activity. In our experience, we have encountered not-for-profit organizations with joint activities that could partially be divided into separate expense categories. Not-for-profits have three categories to allocate expenses …

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Annual Giving USA Report Released

The Giving USA Foundation (a public service initiative of The Giving Institute) has released their annual Giving USA Report on Philanthropy in collaboration with The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Giving USA report compiles and analyzes data on charitable giving in the U.S in order to identify trends that can be useful …

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What Percent of My Donation Goes to the Cause of the Organization?

I can’t count the number of times friends and family have asked me what percent of their donation goes towards the cause or programs of a charitable organization. There’s a common argument that the amount of expenses listed in the program column of the Statement of Functional Expenses on the Form 990 is the percent …

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Is It Time for You to Implement a Social Media Policy?

Social media has become the top marketing tool in businesses today, which of course includes the not-for-profit community. By now, you probably have a team member that is responsible for the organization’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. However, there are more ways that social media can affect your organization than its own pages. Employees, volunteers …

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Cancer Charity Fraud Part I

Last Saturday while browsing the internet at a coffee shop, I came across any donor’s worst nightmare. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), over the past eight years The Cancer Fund of America, The Cancer Support Services Inc., The Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Inc., and The Breast Cancer Society spent $187 million dollars …

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Arizona Gives Day Results

Arizona Gives Day, the annual one-day online giving campaign, was hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum for the third year on April 7. The first Arizona Gives Day event began in 2013 in order to rekindle the funding that typically slows after the holidays. In 2013, Arizona Gives Day …

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