Employer-sponsored plans play an increasingly significant role in retirement planning as individuals worry about the future of Social Security and their ability to finance the kind of retirement they envision. They also help employers attract and retain better employees, cutting the costs of having to find and train new hires.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Rules known as "intermediate sanctions" allow the IRS to assess penalties against not-for-profit executives who receive excess compensation — and the board members who have approved it. Do you and your board know what's considered excess compensation and what's viewed as a conflict of interest during the compensation-setting process?
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
It's an age of personal responsibility and legal liability can cause financial ruin for your organization's officers and board members.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Not-for-profit organizations that file IRS Form 990 must indicate the number of independent voting members or directors of the governing body. (This is entered on Parts 1 and VI.) The IRS is not the only group interested in these facts. Two other groups also focus on the number of independent directors: state attorneys general and prospective donors. All three groups believe that independent directors are the cornerstone of good governance. In other words, they believe independent directors are less likely to cause the organization to violate prohibitions on private benefit and private inurement.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Audits have become more important due to increased public and government scrutiny of not-for-profit organizations, their management and their boards. Audits not only provide you with a fair assessment of your organization's financial health, but also can reveal vulnerabilities such as weak internal controls, insufficient cash reserves and poor investment policies. Perhaps most important, regular audits reassure your donors, members and other stakeholders that you run a fit organization.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Everyone agrees that donations are the lifeblood of not-for-profit organizations. At the top of most wish lists is cash, and depending on your situation, you may accept other assets and in-kind contributions.
Friday, July 20, 2018
Be careful with the language printed on the receipts you give in exchange for contributions. If you make a mistake, the results can be embarrassing for you and expensive for your donors.
Many not-for-profit organizations have discovered there can be strength in numbers. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of collaborations, partnerships and even full-scale mergers in the not-for-profit sector. These joint ventures can conserve resources, help with fundraising and, in many cases, expand the services that each group provides.
Is your not-for-profit the same organization it was three years ago? Are your stakeholders the same now as then? Is your community and its support of your not-for-profit the same?
Donors understandably demand accountability from the not-for-profit organizations they support. Some turn to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for guidance. Its Wise Giving Alliance has established standards by which it evaluates tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations that submit a report.