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New Year, New Congress, New President: What’s It All Mean for Nonprofits?

By awarding control of Congress and the White House to one party, voters acted to repeal federal government gridlock. A surge of activity has already started and will accelerate once the new president is sworn in later this week. Significant executive and legislative changes are a near certainty. Some changes will affect nonprofits and foundations directly. Other changes—whether viewed as gentle ripples or violent tsunamis—will be felt when the federal changes hit the state and local levels for implementation.


Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness—It’s Time to Get it Right

There’s lots of public scrutiny about how much nonprofits spend to raise the money they need to fund their missions and work. But there is more to effective fundraising than low costs—and the obsession with minimizing fundraising costs can actually put our organizations at risk. That’s why BoardSource, along with our partners at GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has released a new framework and calculation for measuring fundraising effectiveness


Using the New GuideStar Search


The GuideStar Blog Top 10 for 2016

Last week, we wrote about the top 10 GuideStar Newsletter articles for 2016. Today, we're looking at the 10 GuideStar Blog posts that got the most views in 2016.


The Compounding Effects of Salary Negotiations

Combating the Gender-Wage Gap in the Nonprofit Sector

Women make up the majority of nonprofit sector jobs at 69 percent.1 Yet per GuideStar’s 2016 Compensation Report, salaries for women trail those of men in comparable positions at nonprofits of all sizes.2 The gap is widest—23 percent—for female CEOs at nonprofits with $2.5 million to $5 million budgets. In fact, the gender-wage gap persists across industries. The Pew Research Center found that in 2015, women across industries earned 83 percent as much as men.3


Nine Mistakes Nonprofits Make Thanking Donors

Thanking donors is the one thing most nonprofits do not spend enough time thinking about. Too often I find that staff spend 95 percent of their time crafting the fundraising appeal and getting embroiled in project management—design; layout; printing, postage, etc. Finally, the letter (or e-appeal) is ready to launch. The mailing is dropped/the button is punched and ... voila! Gifts start to arrive! But then what?!


Need-to-Know for 2017: Nonprofit Liquidity Information


It is hard to believe we've closed the door on 2016.
With the commotion of holidays and end-of-year requirements, some—particularly smaller nonprofits—may have forgotten about the latest Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958), issued August 18, 2016, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Several changes to nonprofit financial reporting include:

  1. Improvements to the presentation and disclosures for net assets classes from the previous three classes of net assets (unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted) to two classes (without donor restrictions and with donor restrictions).
  2. Allowing free choice between the direct method and indirect method in presenting cash flows.
  3. Providing better information about functional expenses and disclosures about how expenses are allocated to management and general.
  4. Augmenting disclosures on underwater endowment funds.
  5. Unifying the reporting of investment returns.
  6. Enhancements to information provided about the liquidity and availability of financial resources.

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Start Early and Prepare Now!

I hope last year was a great fundraising year for you and your organization. But I’m sure you’re wondering how you can make this year even better for your nonprofit.

Well, if you want to raise more money, acquire more donors, and strengthen relationships with your current supporters, try peer-to-peer fundraising.


What Does the Nonprofit Sector Really Look Like?

When we think about nonprofits, the most well-known brands, such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or the American Heart Association, might immediately come to mind. But these charities are only a sliver of the organizations that can be found within the nonprofit sector and, in most cases, are even outliers.


Recognizing the Most Innovative Nonprofits of 2016

Applications are open for the Classy Awards, recognizing the most innovative nonprofit and social enterprise programs of 2016.