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On the Defensive Once Again


A Disappointing Debate

                                                                                                                                                      I’ve been disappointed in the tone of the public debate on health care reform. Rather than have a reasoned discussion about different approaches to this complicated and difficult issue, we seem to be bombing each other with slogans and sound bites.

IRS Updates, Oct. 2009: Form 990/990-EZ Resources, Online Training, & Fees for App

The IRS has recently made new online resources available to nonprofits:

From the President's Office, October 2009

Dear Friend:

2009 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report Just Published

The ninth annual edition of the was released September 24, 2009. Derived from information on 157,406 individual positions at 99,827 tax-exempt organizations for fiscal year 2007, it remains the most comprehensive nonprofit compensation analysis available and the only one based entirely on IRS data.

IRS Updates, October 2009: Form 990 and 990-EZ Resources, Online Training, and New Fees for Applications for Exemption

The IRS Web site has new resources for Form 990 and 990-EZ filers, new nonprofit training materials, and information about the changes in exemption applications fees that will go into effect in 2010.

In Diya Shine Awards and Jewish Choice Awards

In Diya Shine Awards

Diwali season, the Indian festival of lights, is this month. Recognize U.S.-based nonprofits that bring light to India or Indian communities abroad by posting reviews about your experiences with them. Nonprofits with the most positive reviews in their categories will be announced as winners of the In Diya Shine Awards. Winners will be featured in Little India, the largest overseas Indian publication, and reviews will appear on both the GreatNonprofits and GuideStar USA Web sites. Plus, everyone who writes a review is eligible to win great prizes.

Contest deadline: October 20, 2009

E-mail Subject Lines Your Readers Can't Resist

Excerpt from Nonprofit Email Marketing Guide: 7 Steps to Better Email Fundraising & Communications

On-Site Group Training Gains Popularity Among Nonprofits

Dwindling resources have led nonprofit leaders, including foundation executives, to explore innovative ways to support the professional development needs of their staffs and grantees respectively. One solution is group trainings presented at an organization's site. In the Delaware Valley, a growing number of nonprofit staffs, board members, foundation grantees, collaboratives, nonprofit association members, and other member groups are participating in group training on a variety of subjects. The success of these initiatives suggests that foundations and nonprofits in other parts of the country may find such programs beneficial as well.

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations for Type III Supporting Organizations

Note: The following discussion is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to serve as legal or tax advice. For specific information about the proposed regulations for Type III supporting organizations, consult your legal or tax advisor.

Reprinted from Exempt Organizations Advisory

Anatomy of a Charity Auction

Adapted from Everything You Need to Know to Raise Money (and Have Fun) with a Charity Auction