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Should the American Economy Follow in Public Radio’s Footsteps?

When I first started writing this blog about the BBC, I had the world’s economy on my mind. But then a controversy over Juan Williams erupted adding a new twist.

Nonprofits and the Economy


IRS Updates, October 2010: Draft 2010 Forms 990 and 990-EZ and Last Workshops for the Year

Drafts of the 2010 core Form 990 and Form 990-EZ are available for review and comment, and you have one more chance this year to attend an IRS Exempt Organizations workshop for small and mid-size charitable organizations.

Does Your Nonprofit Have a Rainy-Day Fund?

No? You're not alone, which concerns the Nonprofit Operating Reserves Initiative Workgroup. "The fact is," the workgroup notes in its new Operating Reserve Policy Toolkit, "that numerous nonprofits have negative operating reserves and are already at risk. The current economic crisis or any crisis (e.g., fire, natural disaster, acts of terrorism, war, civil unrest, etc.) can threaten the very existence of thousands of nonprofit organizations."

Four Questions to Answer in Every Appeal

Reprinted from

Life on the Front Lines of the Nonprofit Sector


Make 2010 the Year YOU Start Planned Giving, Part V

Hello again!

IRS Toolkit Helps Public Reach Out to Small Nonprofits in Danger of Losing Tax-Exempt Status

Time is running out for small nonprofits facing loss of tax-exempt status because they have not filed Form 990-N or Form 990-EZ for three consecutive years. The deadline for the IRS's one-time filing relief program is October 15, 2010. After that, nonprofits that (1) are required to file a 990 and (2) whose filings are at least three years in arrears will automatically lose their exemptions. To regain tax-exempt status, they will have to apply to the IRS all over again, a process that can take several months and requires payment of fees.

Why You Need to Blog

Blogging statistics are staggering.

Charity Regulators’ Top 10 Ways to Get Into Trouble


Teaching Youngsters about the Nonprofit Sector


Nonprofit Data: Something for Everyone

Although we wouldn’t presume to have the answer to Sigmund Freud’s famous question, we do applaud the approach that Cynthia Gibson and Bill Dietel take in their provocative article “What Do Donors Want?,” in a recent issue of Nonprofit Quarterly. At GuideStar, we have long known that the majority of donors give according to their hearts. They look for nonprofits that align with their own sets of values, and they look for the nonprofits themselves to prove that they are worthy of the donations. That’s what makes the nonprofit sector so interesting – there’s something for everyone.