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Whether you're just starting out, or running a small business or nonprofit, you'll find relevant industry news, trends, tips and tricks, and more, to help you become and stay compliant.

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IRS Study Reveals that 37% of Form 1023-EZ Applicants Improperly Received 501(c)(3) Tax Exemptions

> Posted on January 22nd, by James in Legal Issues, Nonprofits. 2 comments
IRS Study Reveals that 37% of Form 1023-EZ Applicants Improperly Received 501(c)(3) Tax Exemptions

The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) recently submitted its 2015 Annual Report to the United States Congress. That report contained an analysis of Form 1023-EZ that the IRS released in July 2014 as a streamlined 501(c)(3) application. The findings in … Read more >>



How Often Should I Tweet, Email, and Post During a 30-Day Online Fundraising Campaign?

> Posted on December 28th, by Andrew Littlefield in Fundraising, Nonprofits. 5 comments
How Often Should I Tweet, Email, and Post During a 30-Day Online Fundraising Campaign?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a nonprofit decides to get into online fundraising. They put together a great video and launch a crowdfunding campaign, hoping to raise tens of thousands of dollars.

And then…nothing happens. Crickets.… Read more >>



3 Things You Should Know About Your Donors Before Making a Solicitation

> Posted on December 7th, by Sarah Tedesco in Fundraising, Nonprofits.
3 Things You Should Know About Your Donors Before Making a Solicitation

Nonprofits of all sizes can appreciate the difficulty of fundraising. Whether your organization is brand new and you are waiting for your IRS determination letter or further along and focusing on your major gifts program, donation solicitation has its … Read more >>



End of Year Compliance for Nonprofits 2015

> Posted on November 16th, by James in Compliance, Nonprofits. 1 Comment
End of Year Compliance for Nonprofits 2015

The end of the year is the most important time for nonprofit organizations. Not only does over 30% of annual giving occur in December, but the end of year also coincides with a number of compliance requirements. These state, … Read more >>



Ohio Lowers Business Registration Fees

> Posted on October 16th, by James in Industry News. 1 Comment
Ohio Lowers Business Registration Fees

Effective September 24, 2015, the Ohio Secretary of State has lowered business registration fees across the board. This includes incorporation and qualification fees for both business and nonprofit entities.

The current registration fee to incorporate, form an LLC, or qualify … Read more >>



Pennsylvania Releases New Foreign Registration Statement

> Posted on July 20th, by James in Industry News. 2 comments
Pennsylvania Releases New Foreign Registration Statement

As of July 1, 2015, Pennsylvania released a new “Foreign Registration Statement,” for immediate use with all entities, and it simplifies choosing the right state form.

The Foreign Registration Statement, Form DSCB:15-412, which we have linked to here, will … Read more >>



Nevada Business License Fee Increase Effective July 1, 2015

> Posted on June 30th, by James in Compliance, Industry News. 1 Comment
Nevada Business License Fee Increase Effective July 1, 2015

Effective July 1, 2015, the Nevada Secretary of State is raising its fees for initial and annual lists, and business licenses for corporations, per NV Senate Bill 483.

The fee for initial and annual lists is increasing by $25 … Read more >>



Indiana Nonprofit Annual Report

> Posted on June 12th, by James in Industry News, Nonprofits. 3 comments
Indiana Nonprofit Annual Report

Effective July 1, 2015, Indiana nonprofit annual reports will now be due on a biennial basis, instead of annually (Source).

Currently, nonprofit entities file an Indiana annual report every year, while for-profit entities, such as LLCs and corporations, … Read more >>



Selecting a Nonprofit Board of Directors

> Posted on June 5th, by James in Nonprofits. 3 comments
Selecting a Nonprofit Board of Directors

Selecting a nonprofit board of directors is vital to your nonprofit’s success. Collectively, the board of directors strategizes, sets policy, and makes decisions for the nonprofit. Individually, each director should have certain qualities and attributes that adds value to your … Read more >>



How to Open a Nonprofit Bank Account

> Posted on May 27th, by James in Nonprofits. 3 comments
How to Open a Nonprofit Bank Account

One of the most important steps in starting a nonprofit is opening a bank account. This allows your organization to deposit funds, to write checks, and to begin saving money. However, opening an account is not as easy as strolling … Read more >>