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ExpressTaxExempt Launches Collaboration with GuideStar to Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Organizations Granted New Opportunities with ExpressTaxExempt & GuideStar Partnership

SPAN Enterprises, parent company of ExpressTaxExempt, is excited to announce the launch of Express990 in collaboration with GuideStar. Express990 allows nonprofits to seamlessly export their completed IRS Form 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF returns to be viewed on GuideStar.


Survey Says: Nonprofits Have Room to Grow

Two longtime friends of GuideStar, Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker, just released a report on research they conducted for their important new book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector.


The Mighty Seven

Here are Seven Principles that apply to your printed material, your letters, and your personal presentations. They will assure you of impact. I promise you success.


Don’t Be Shy—Tell Us How GuideStar Has Helped You!

As every nonprofit knows, the ability to tell your story is key in communicating your organization’s mission and impact to your audience. But what happens when your mission is focused on helping users get the nonprofit information they need and providing nonprofits with a platform to share their impact story with the world? You are left with a hole in how your organization can communicate its own story about the incredible work you do. 


Wanted: Silver Bullet, Pots of Gold at the End of the Rainbow, Winning Lottery Tickets

“If only I had ...


Philadelphia-Area Nonprofits: A Fragile Ecosystem

What happens when nonprofits that provide vital services suddenly aren’t there anymore? A new report by Oliver Wyman, SeaChange Capital Partners, and GuideStar reveals what could happen in Philadelphia.


3 Tech Tools to Drive Engagement at Your Next Event

Technology. Gotta love it, gotta hate it. Whenever I’m at an event and look around the room, I see people everywhere on their phones, texting, scrolling through social media. Our devices have ruined our ability to stay in the moment, to remain engaged. 


Sage Intacct and GuideStar Announce Exclusive Relationship to Strengthen Stewardship of Funds for Nonprofit Finance Teams

New Sage Intacct Nonprofit Financial Board Book Powered by GuideStar Enables Real-Time Access to Financial Metrics to Support Nonprofit Health

Sage Intacct, the innovation and customer satisfaction leader in cloud financial management software, today announced a new, exclusive relationship with GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. During the opening keynote of Sage Intacct Advantage 2017 in Las Vegas, the two companies unveiled a new Sage Intacct Nonprofit Financial Board Book Powered by GuideStar.

The Nonprofit Financial Board book is built on the Sage Intacct platform and incorporates the best practice metrics and insight that GuideStar uses to demonstrate the financial health of nonprofit organizations, as well as ensure the organization is on track in accomplishing their missions.


14 Irritating Jargon Phrases, and Awesome New Clichés You Should Use Instead

Hi everyone. I’m trying to focus more on positive or just lighter stuff on this blog for the next few weeks, but people really need help in Mexico and Puerto Rico, so please click on those links and donate.

We’ve examined irritating jargon in two previous posts (“21 irritating jargon phrases ...” and “17 irritating jargon phrases ...”), but when all the rhubarb is harvested, there are still more. So here’s some more jargon, and new clichés to replace them with. Thanks to the NAF Facebook community and other colleagues for the suggestions, some of which are jargon, some just cliches. We’ll save for last the most annoying jargon we all use, but otherwise, these are in no particular order.


Foundations Call on Themselves to Get Better

The following article is cross-posted from Alliance magazine blog. Based out of the UK, Alliance magazine is the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment.

Last month, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), engaged by the Skoll Foundation, and working together with a Steering Group composed of the Porticus, Ford, and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, published a report looking at funder behaviour from a grantee perspective.


GuideStar Adds First Wave of Form Year 2016 Nonprofit Data!

At GuideStar we generally talk about nonprofit data in terms of fiscal year. But our users—seeing the form year in the upper corner of the 990—often ask us, “What’s the difference between fiscal year and form year?”


6 Tech Tools That Attract Lots and Lots of New Members

From my work with hundreds of nonprofits over the past few years, there are a couple of key trends that have stood out to me. 


California Wildfire Recovery

Since Sunday, wildfires have raged in California. At least 29 people have died, thousands have lost their homes, and entire communities have been devastated.

We have a few suggestions for how you can help rescue and recovery efforts.


Why Data Sharing Matters for Your Nonprofit

For nonprofits, data can be an invaluable asset—or it can be a huge question mark. How can nonprofits truly help people when they don’t know exactly who needs help—or how best to go about it? That’s what data does; it fills in the blanks so that organizations can make informed decisions about policy, programs, and progress.


Five Fails You Need to Make to Be a Strong Nonprofit

Most of us are afraid of failure.

And with good reason! Failure as a nonprofit leader can have massive repercussions, impacting the lives of thousands, if not millions, across the globe. And so we take every precaution to ensure that we don’t fail, keeping things small and avoiding risk.

But no matter how careful or how meticulous the plans, you are going to experience failure. And if you’re sitting there reading this and congratulating yourself on the fact you’ve never failed at anything, you’re doing something very, very wrong.


How to Measure Nonprofit Impact in 170 Countries (It’s Not What You Think!)

Photo from Isha Vidhya, first-place winner on GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact list

What would happen if you bridged two communities often overlooked in the international aid system? This is the goal that inspired two former World Bank employees to launch GlobalGiving in 2002. They wanted to connect individual donors—people whose gifts are often seen as too small to be meaningful—with local nonprofit organizations, whose impact has historically been all too easy to ignore because of their size or remoteness of their work.


5 Ways to Engage Volunteers Through Membership Programs

Volunteers and membership programs go hand in hand.

Think about it: membership programs are made up of dedicated constituents looking to make a difference in their communities through continued work alongside their favorite nonprofit organizations. Sound like another group of individuals we know and love?

Since these groups pair together so naturally, we thought we’d examine a few ways you can bolster volunteer engagement through your nonprofit membership program.


Hiring a Consultant? How to Be a Savvy Consumer

Do you need help?

Silly question ... who doesn’t?

As the gig economy expands, many nonprofits and businesses are turning to consultants and contractors to help with a variety of tasks, and to supplement staff capacity.


Congratulations, 2017 CFO Honorees!

Congratulations to the 2017 honorees of the Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards! Another superb class of finance professionals in the nonprofit and association community.

The Nonprofit CFO of the Year is Guy Sheetz, SVP and chief financial and administrative officer of the Futures Industry Association.


Three Innovative Technologies to Be More Organized and Raise More Money at Your Next Event

Events are fun! They introduce your organization and its mission to new people. They celebrate the wonderful work you do. But no matter how glitzy the venue or the meal, or how high-profile the guest list, every nonprofit wants to maximize net revenue.


Helping with Disaster Recovery—and with Preparations for the Next Event

Harvey. Mexico. Irma. Mexico (again). Maria. Between hurricanes and earthquakes, it’s been a rough few weeks. As the communities affected by these events turn from disaster relief to disaster recovery, you can help.


Three Insights That Will Help You Raise Big Bucks

On September 18, I launched a free online workshop called Don’t Ask, Don’t Get. It’s designed to help fundraisers—development folks, executive directors—anybody who asks one-on-one for donations for a living.

In one part of the workshop I’ll teach you important lessons you need to understand when it comes to asking for the big bucks. Today I want to share three of them with you.