The Value of Volunteers: Benefits of an Effective Program

Nonprofit organizations generally operate on lean budgets. This means volunteers are a necessity for most nonprofits. Knowing their worth and having an effective and organized volunteer program will help your cause — and your bottom line. How much are they worth? Nonprofit advocacy group Independent Sector has estimated the value of the average American volunteer…

3 Tips for Managing Social Media Reputational Risks

Many nonprofits are counting on social media more than ever to boost fundraising and build awareness. These tools have proven increasingly effective in recent years, but you need to keep in mind the very real risks to reputation that come with social media. Employees, board members, volunteers and even unaffiliated third parties can cause significant…

COVID-19 Renews Focus on Fundraising Efficiency

COVID-19 has hit many nonprofits with a double whammy — fundraising has become more important due to a drop-off in revenues, yet the need to cut expenses makes it harder to fundraise. Nonprofits can’t afford to waste a single dollar on ineffective methods. But focusing solely on cost when evaluating different approaches generally isn’t the…

GoFundMe Charity to Shut Down

GoFundMe Charity, the fundraising-dedicated website launched in November 2019, is now scheduled to shut down on September 30, 2021, when it will merge with GoFundMe.com. The last day to start a new fundraising campaign on the platform is June 30, 2021. Nonprofits have through December 31, 2021, to view and export their donor and fundraiser…

5 Ways to Keep Remote Workers Connected

With many nonprofit employees continuing to work at home, engagement and morale can suffer. But more than a year into the pandemic, some best practices have emerged for combating feelings of isolation and disconnection that undermine productivity. Here are five: 1. Stay in regular contact Perhaps the most important step you can take is to…

IRS clarifies royalty exception to UBIT

Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have brought renewed attention to nonprofits’ potential liability for unrelated business income tax (UBIT). Organizations generally are subject to a 21% tax on unrelated income, but exceptions apply — including one for royalties. Although “royalties” aren’t defined in the U.S tax code or regulations, a recent IRS…

IRS Rules: Restructuring in Today’s Regulatory Climate

Some nonprofits have been forced to restructure their organizations due to the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, IRS rule changes from a couple of years ago make the restructuring process far easier than it once was. If you’re considering such a change, here’s what you need to know. How have the rules changed?…

Working remotely: Don’t neglect internal controls

The pandemic has forced many nonprofits to change to work-at-home mode for extended periods, and some may remain there even as COVID-19 recedes. This shift in operations offers potential advantages, but it’s critical that organizations institute new, or adapt existing, internal controls to protect their finances and accounting-related data. Here are some of the most…

What We Know So Far About COVID Philanthropy

COVID-19 spurred more than $11.9 billion in global philanthropy in the first six months of 2020. That’s just one of the findings in the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and information service Candid’s new report, Philanthropy and COVID-19 in the first half of 2020. In this report, Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy explore the…

Thank you.

Without a doubt, this past year has brought challenges which have left no one untouched, including my team here at Sechler Morgan as well as my friends and family. But despite all efforts to the contrary, the year 2020 has revealed what is good and noble in people. Each member of our team has watched…