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The Sad Demise of ShoreBank


Want to Help Disaster Relief Efforts? Make Your Gift Unrestricted

As CNN and other news outlets are reporting, monsoon rains have flooded large areas of Pakistan, forcing millions to flee their homes and seek humanitarian aid for such basic necessities as shelter, food, potable water, and medical care. And, as BusinessWeek pointed out, Americans are joining in force to provide assistance to the victims of this cruel tragedy.

How to Find Out if Your Nonprofit Is in Danger of Losing Tax-Exempt Status

In response to our article earlier this month on filing relief for smaller nonprofits facing automatic revocation of tax-exempt status, a number of people asked us if there is a list of the nonprofits at risk. The answer is yes; the list can be found on the IRS Web site. View the list

IRS Updates, August 2010: IRS Workshops, Tax Forums, and Charitable Giving and Gaming Publications

The IRS is once again offering its workshops for small and mid-size 501(c)(3)s; invites exempt organizations to attend nationwide tax forums; and has published updates of its publications on (1) documentation and disclosure related to charitable contributions and (2) tax-exempt organizations and gaming.

New Survey Gives Credence to the “New Normal”


The Gang of 40: How More Important Than Who


What do you think of the efforts of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to urge their fellow billionaires to donate more to charity? So far, about 40 billionaires have responded positively, and I’ve seen one estimate that the amount pledged so far is approximately $600 billion.

Riding Across the Heartland


RAGBRAI, Days 5 and 6


RAGBRAI, Days 3 and 4


GuideStar Health Giveaway Winner

In June, we invited health and medical research organizations that had at least 10 user reviews to enter the GuideStar Health Giveaway. The organization that received the most reviews during the month of June would receive $5,000 from GuideStar.

Many entered, but only one could be chosen. That organization was MAPS, with 604 reviews, nearly double the amount received by the runner-up. You can see the 10 organizations that had the most reviews on the bottom left of our home page.

We'll be doing other giveaways in the coming months. Watch our Web site, the GuideStar Newsletter, and your e-mail in-box for news about upcoming giveaways.

More Information on Nonprofit Reviews

How nonprofits can benefit from and promote stakeholder reviews

Tips for writing reviews


Suzanne E. Coffman, August 2010
© 2010, GuideStar Usa, Inc.

Suzanne Coffman is GuideStar's editorial director and editor of the GuideStar Newsletter.

IRS Releases Guidance for Small Nonprofits at Risk of Losing Tax-Exempt Status

On July 26, 2010, the IRS released guidance on filing relief for Form 990-N and 990-EZ filers in danger of losing their tax exemptions because they have not filed for three consecutive years. This one-time relief is available to small organizations whose filing deadlines fall on or after May 17, 2010, and before October 15, 2010. All returns filed under this program are due no later than October 15, 2010.

How to Engage 20-Somethings in Your Cause

Finding new volunteers and donors is one of the biggest challenges facing nonprofit organizations. For the past few years, more and more nonprofits have used social media to get people to embrace their causes, but getting the "social-media generation" behind your cause and then inspiring them to contribute in time and resources is another matter.

Make 2010 the Year YOU Start Planned Giving, Part IV

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RAGBRAI, Days 1 and 2


Shedding Light on Changes in the Sector