Your not-for-profit has a board of directors — so why would it need an additional advisory board? There are a few reasons. Some organizations assemble advisory boards to provide expertise for a specific project, such as a fundraising campaign. Other organizations use them to give roles to major donors and prestigious supporters who may not be a good fit for a governing board.

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Here are some other ways to use an advisory board and how to set one up.


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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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There are many ways for a not-for-profit organization to lose its tax-exempt status — including participating in lobbying and campaign activities, receiving excessive unrelated business income and allowing board members to financially benefit from their positions. But the most common reason not-for-profits lose their status is failure to file an annual Form 990 or 990-N for three consecutive years.

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If your organization has landed on the IRS’s revocation list for this reason, don’t panic. The process for reinstatement is relatively simple.


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The 2020 presidential election is fast approaching and your not-for-profit has a stake in its outcome. But that doesn’t mean your organization is free to participate in campaign activities. In general, Section 501(c)(3)s risk losing their tax-exempt status if they participate in campaigning.

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However, there’s more nuance in the rules than you might suspect.


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In times of turmoil, your not-for-profit board of directors should be your organization’s rock-solid foundation. But what if your board is understaffed or simply doesn’t provide the leadership your not-for-profit requires?

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Think about rebuilding it — and the sooner the better. Financial, public health and other challenges are likely to remain a reality for the foreseeable future.

Assess What You Have
Start the rebuilding effort by assessing your current board. Ask the following questions:


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In fact, this year’s report devotes a special section to fraud in not-for-profits. Although not-for-profit fraud isn’t necessarily worse than fraud in for-profit companies, it can be different in important ways.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses and not-for-profit organizations alike. With Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law, what options do organizations have to receive funds?

The Not-for-Profit team wants to share with you a special information sheet answering questions you may have:

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  • Five ways to get cash now under the

One of the strongest predictors of a not-for-profit’s long-term survival is multiple revenue sources. Many organizations with only one or two found that out that the hard way when they failed during the 2008 recession.

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The same is likely to be true for not-for-profits that do — or don’t — survive the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.


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Charitable contributions aren’t always eligible for tax deductions — even when the not-for-profit recipient is tax exempt and the donor itemizes. Take “quid pro quo” donations. These transactions occur when your organization receives a payment that includes a contribution and you provide the donor with goods or services valued for less than the total payment.

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Let’s take a closer look.


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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has put enormous financial stress on many not-for-profits — whether they’re temporarily shut down or actively fighting the pandemic. If cash flow has dried up, your organization may need to do more than trim expenses.

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Here’s how to assess your financial condition and take appropriate action.


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