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Announcing our Charitable Solicitation Compliance White Paper!

Announcing our Charitable Solicitation Compliance White Paper!

Announcing our Charitable Solicitation Compliance White Paper!

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January 26, 2017 Update:

A new white paper is now available! Harbor Compliance and National Council of Nonprofits have announced a “Best Practices Partnership” and unveiled a resource guide to help nonprofits with often-misunderstood state fundraising registration requirements.

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Lower Application Fee for Form 1023-EZ

Lower Application Fee for Form 1023-EZ

Lower Application Fee for Form 1023-EZ

Posted on May 31, 2016, by Mike Montali in Industry News, Nonprofit Compliance.

The IRS released a Revenue Procedure today to change the application fee for Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The application fee will be lowered from $400 to $275, effective … Read more

Grant Proposals: More than the Money

Grant Proposals: More than the Money

Grant Proposals: More than the Money

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This is a guest post from Barbara Floersch, Executive Director of The Grantsmanship Center.

A grant proposal invites a funder to join your organization as a partner in positive change. The best proposals lay out cogent, powerful arguments convincing the … Read more

Seeking Your Next Fundraising Goal? Ask Your Donors!

Seeking Your Next Fundraising Goal? Ask Your Donors!

Seeking Your Next Fundraising Goal? Ask Your Donors!

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Every fundraising program has them. Financial objectives, which are set and tracked internal to the organization. We also have fundraising goals, which we communicate to our constituents. I’ll call those “external” goals.

It really doesn’t matter whether the objective is … Read more

A Primer on Nonprofit Grant Writing

A Primer on Nonprofit Grant Writing

A Primer on Nonprofit Grant Writing

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Many nonprofits view grant writing as an indelible part of running a charity. While it can be a helpful revenue stream, the reality is that grants are extremely competitive, and without certain preparedness measures, most nonprofits’ grant writing efforts … Read more

3 Big Compliance Concerns for Nonprofits Raising Money from Corporate Giving Programs

3 Big Compliance Concerns for Nonprofits Raising Money from Corporate Giving Programs

3 Big Compliance Concerns for Nonprofits Raising Money from Corporate Giving Programs

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Posted on February 24, 2016, by Harbor Compliance in Fundraising and Grants, Nonprofit Compliance.

As you likely know, nonprofits have to remain compliant with many local, state, and federal regulations.

Whether you’re crowdfunding, asking for donations online, or just fundraising in general, compliance laws are everywhere.

If your nonprofit is receiving donations from … Read more

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

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Posted on January 22, 2016, by Harbor Compliance in Industry News, Nonprofit Compliance.

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?

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

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

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Posted on December 28, 2015, by Harbor Compliance in Fundraising and Grants, Nonprofit Compliance.

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

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

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

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Posted on December 7, 2015, by Harbor Compliance in Fundraising and Grants, Nonprofit Compliance.

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

End of Year Compliance for Nonprofits 2015

End of Year Compliance for Nonprofits 2015

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Posted on November 16, 2015, by Harbor Compliance in Nonprofit Compliance.

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

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