Nothing can strike fear in the heart of a not-for-profit like receiving the news that it has been selected for an IRS audit. An audit can be intimidating, not to mention costly and time-consuming. Keep in mind the IRS has recently released internal guidance for requesting audit information from tax-exempt organizations.
PayPal faces lawsuit over diverted donations
Payment processing company PayPal faces a class action lawsuit over its “Giving Fund” platform. The lawsuit claims the platform lists charities that aren’t registered to receive donations and doesn’t inform donors that unregistered charities won’t receive their donations.
Board members and new staff from a for-profit background don’t always grasp the differences between the for-profit and not-for-profit ("NFP") worlds. One area of significant variation is their financial reporting approach, including both goals and practices.
The new federal procurement standards significantly alter the way not-for-profits handle purchasing. And while most organizations have already changed their written policies to comply with the new standards, you may find it easier to follow the rules on paper than in practice.
Most not-for-profit leaders understand a principal truth of their tax-exempt status: The IRS generally considers any revenue they take in that’s not related to their mission to be unrelated business income (UBI), and that income is subject to tax. Not-for-profits that don’t pay tax on that income face the possibility of back taxes, penalties and interest — and, in extreme cases, the loss of their tax-exempt status.
When it comes to fraud in any organization, credit cards are frequently a fraudster’s tool. Because the use of credit cards is so commonplace today, there’s always the risk of improper charges to your account. Credit card misuse could hurt your organization financially and jeopardize its reputation in the community.
Occupational fraud is an unfortunate reality for just about every employer, nonprofit organization or otherwise. But you might be able to reduce the risk of costly losses if you understand some of the common traits of fraud perpetrators. The 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners ("ACFE") provides some useful insights on these characteristics.
Is your next board chair prepared to lead?
Only half of board chairpersons are prepared for their leadership role when they take on the post, according to a recent survey by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
Follow the rules and this fundraising tool could be a winner
Raffles have long been a popular fundraiser for nonprofits. They’re easy to produce, affordable for participants and reliable revenue generators.
Many non-profits dream of landing hefty corporate sponsorships to help pay for the costs of a conference, fundraiser, or other costly event. Money from deep pockets is optimal, but you don’t want the IRS to consider the payments “paid advertising”, and thus taxable as unrelated business income.