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We Want to Hear From You!

GuideStar will be conducting a series of quick polls to help us meet your needs in 2011.

Our first question of the year: What webinars or white paper topic do you want to see in 2011?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Marcia Gilbert

January 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

I would like to get more information on IRS requirements for gift receipting. It is often unclear what to do in certain cases, such as between spouses when one spouse signed the check and who gets the receipt. Also, what date does the charity use when a donation was made at the end of the year but received in the beginning of the new year.

There are many nuances in proper receipting that just aren’t clearly understood.

Peter Caracci

January 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

Changes in tax code regarding charitable deductions

Nancy Claassen

January 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

Primarily, we are collecting alot of data on our grants; however, there is knowledge and information coming into staff that we are not capturing.Information is coming from everywhere – technology allows us to be bombarded at every turn. We try to be consistent with capturing lessons learned, but are we leveraging this information properly to ensure we are informing our future work? And, on and on and on……. All of the above speaks to knowledge management. That is my greatest challenge.

Paul Rosenberger

January 6, 2011 at 11:11 am

A good current topic could be adding a bylaw or policy on utilizing electronic voting and communications.

Agnes Vishnevkin

January 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm

An updated on IRS automatic revocations of tax-exempt status, especially information relevant for grantmakers. Also would like to learn more about interpreting Charity Check reports and understanding information in Publication 78 and Business Master File.

Jean Block

January 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Just wondering why a usual nonprofit audit only looks at financial policies, procedures…and doesn’t audit Board governance per the 990….seems as though there is a great deal of sloppy governance out there that should be brought to the attention of the auditors.

Stacy Harris

January 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I would like to see a white paper on the Nashville music industry’s 501…s. These organizations continue to fly under the radar of Guidestar and what should be other interested observers, due to fear of retaliation in some sectors and a lack of oversight by those able to resist intimidation.

I have written extenstively about all of these organizations as their practices wildly deviate from, and in some cases, are directly opposed to their mission statements: The Country Music Foundation, The Country Music Association, Leadership Music, the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Country Radio Broadcasters, to name but a few.

I sometimes have had to enlist the help of the IRS when I encounter resistance from one or more of these organizations making its 990s available for public inspection.

Ed Voice

January 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm

We have a 501c3 that has a 6 member board of directors. They now pay a executive director and that same executive director is also on the board. She wears two hats, with voting rights on the Board and no voting rights as executive director. I have never seen this before. Nothing in the bylaws about it as well, in fact nothing in the bylaws about paying or having an executive director at all.

My question is, how do you know which is voting?

Tom McSorley

January 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I think you should have a white paper or webinar about how nonprofits can increase their page views on Guidestar. As far as I know you provide no information on the number of viewers to your site or to our individual profiles. The amount of work to update Guidestar as well as our local mini-guidestar is significant and I’m always trying to feel if it is worth the effort. We are a local organization so we are not being courted, nor are we courting, large national groups regularly.

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