As PKF Texas continues its work-from-home strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm’s not-for-profit team hosted its first Zoom webinar titled “Adapting to New Daily Challenges Facing Not-for-Profits.”

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PKF Texas Audit Senior Manager, Nicole Riley, CPA, CFE, moderated a panel with Matt Kuhlman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Cenikor Foundation; and Jennifer

Factors such as wealth level, education and even whether people volunteer, probably will tell you more about potential donors than their generation. But some broad generalizations about age can help not-for-profits target particular groups for support. The newest generation of adults belong to what’s being penned as Generation Z, and it’s possible to draw some conclusions about this otherwise diverse demographic.

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According to the Center for Effective Philanthropy, practically all not-for-profits in the United States solicit feedback from their clients when designing programs and services. However, resource constraints — lack of adequate staffing, funding and sophisticated technology — may mean that they don’t collect data as often as they’d like or use it as well as they could.

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If you’d like to collect more, and more meaningful, feedback from the beneficiaries of your not-for-profit’s services, here are five suggestions:


Continue Reading 5 Tips for Getting Good Feedback for Your Not-for-Profit

It’s no secret that this is a challenging time for charitable fundraising. In its annual Giving USA 2019 report, the Giving USA Foundation noted a decrease in individual and household giving, blaming such impersonal factors as tax law changes and a wobbly stock market.

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So why not fight back by making personal appeals to supporters? Requests from friends or family members have traditionally been significant donation drivers. Even in the age of social media “influencers,” prospective donors are more likely to contribute to the causes championed by people they actually know and trust.


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Many not-for-profit organizations use fundraising methods which cross boundaries of different states. If your not-for-profit is one of them, it may need registration in multiple jurisdictions.

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But keep in mind that registration requirements vary — sometimes dramatically — from state to state. So be sure to determine your obligations before you invest time and money in registering.


Continue Reading Does Your Not-for-Profit Need Registration in Different States?

As in the for-profit world, sometimes not-for-profits need to spend money to make money. This is particularly true when it comes to planning a fundraiser.

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At the same time, you need to resist the temptation to overspend or your special event may not raise the amount you were hoping for. Here’s how to stay on budget.


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PKF Texas officially hosted its first not-for-profit seminar of 2019, and it was a success! Despite the heavy storms in Houston the previous night, attendees found their way to PKF Texas’ office for the morning seminar.

This first of three seminars, titled “Empower Your Not-for-Profit Board Members and Inspire Leadership,” was presented by Dini Spheris

In recent years watchdog groups, the media and others have increased their scrutiny of how much not-for-profits spend on programs vs. administration and fundraising. Your organization likely feels pressure to prove that it dedicates most of its resources to programming. However, accounting rules require that you record the full cost of any activity with a fundraising component as a fundraising expense.

How then can you maintain an appealing fundraising ratio? That’s where allocating joint costs comes in.


Continue Reading Do You Know How Joint Cost Allocating Works?