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Jennifer Chandler, National Council of Nonprofits

Recent Posts by Jennifer Chandler, National Council of Nonprofits:

Taking the Mystery Out of Filing Comments on Proposed Rules

When you hear about “new proposed federal regulations,” you may immediately think: “I need to learn all about these new regulations so our nonprofit doesn’t get into trouble!” But it’s very unlikely that the proposed rules you heard about will become the “law of the land” as proposed. “Proposed” means just that—a draft change has been suggested and the government is asking for comments before finalizing the rules. So, proposed rules are an open invitation to share your real world expertise, which will provide useful guidance to government and most importantly, improve the experience of your nonprofit, and others. This opportunity is what we refer to at the National Council of Nonprofits as an invitation for “everyday advocacy.”


What Are the New Significant Changes Required by FASB for Nonprofit Financial Statements?

Q & A with Rick Cole, Supervising Project Manager, FASB

Nonprofits need to be aware of changes to accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) because those standards will play a significant role in how the nonprofit prepares its financial statements and how people view the nonprofit’s financial health through its financial statements.


Five Mistakes Your Nonprofit Doesn’t Want to Make When Investigating Sexual Harassment Allegations

In a former professional role, I served as legal counsel to employers in employment discrimination cases, including sexual harassment matters. While representing employers I learned about many instances of sexual harassment that were not handled well by the employer. Many of the underlying harassment claims were so mishandled that the victims became even more outraged and angry, not only at the harasser but also at their employer.


Leading with Empathy

When we think about the characteristics of a charitable organization—a “public benefit” corporation (that’s the official IRS moniker for charitable nonprofits)—elephants may not immediately come to mind. But for those of you who are familiar with research about elephants, you’ll know what I’m about to share and why I’m suggesting that nonprofit leaders should try to be more like elephants. A defining characteristic about elephants is that they treat one another with empathy. And right now, treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves feels very important.


Surprise! The Affordable Care Act May Mean Cash in Your Nonprofit's Future

If your nonprofit has fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees, then it might be eligible for a perk that has been largely overlooked but could yield a cash refund from the IRS.


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