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2014 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Nominations Now Open!

Governor’s Volunteer Awards nominations are now open!

Help Us Recognize Outstanding Texas Volunteers

We’re excited to announce nominations are now open for the 31st annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards!

For over 30 years OneStar Foundation has joined the Governor in honoring some of Texas’ most dedicated community volunteers at the Governor’s Volunteer Awards. These awards honor Texans who give their time and talents to their communities through exemplary volunteerism and community service.

If you know of an outstanding individual, group or organization that truly embodies the Texas tradition of community service, we encourage you to nominate them for an award.
The Governor’s Volunteer Award categories are: Governor’s Lonestar Achievement, First Lady’s Rising Star, Community Leadership, Senior Corps Community Impact, and AmeriCorps “Make a Difference”.

To access the 31st annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards nomination form, click here.
Awardees will be honored on September 17, 2014, at a private dinner with OneStar Foundation board members and other dignitaries. In addition, awardees will be honored during the plenary session Thursday morning, September 18, at the Texas Nonprofit Summit with an expected audience of 1000 nonprofit leaders.

The deadline to submit nominations is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
Any questions related to the Governor’s Volunteer Awards can be sent to



Scholarship Opportunity to Attend the 2014 BoardSource Leadership Forum

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BoardSource is awarding scholarships to its annual conference!

Yes, that’s right. BoardSource is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2014 Judith O’Connor Memorial Fund Scholarships for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders. The scholarships enable emerging nonprofit leaders to participate in the 2014 BoardSource Leadership Forum, the nation’s premier nonprofit governance conference.

Scholarship recipients receive free registration and lodging at the conference, which will be held October 9 & 10 in Washington, D.C. Recipients are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Apply to:

  • advance your leadership skills
  • learn about progressive practices in nonprofit governance
  • interact with nonprofit leaders from across the country

The application deadline is June 27.

Register for the Form 990 Filing Tips webcast presentation

Thursday, May 8, 2 pm, ET

Topics include:

  • Preparing the Form 990-series return
  • Managing legal risks more effectively
  • Avoiding penalties
  • Explaining Unrelated Business Income
  • Highlighting online resources
  • Promoting EO resources

To receive CE credit (and a certificate of completion) you must view the presentation for a minimum of 50 minutes.

Register here.

Tune in for Nonprofit Tax Information with these Online Tools & a Phone Forum

Included in this post:

  1. IRS phone forum scheduled March 27:
    Veterans Organizations: Help from the IRS on Key Rules
  2. Changes made to EO Select Check
  3. Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract page updated

IRS phone forum scheduled March 27:
Veterans Organizations: Help from the IRS on Key Rules

This phone forum, which begins at 2 p.m. EDT, will cover the following topics:

  • Exemption Requirements
  • Exempt Activities
  • Unrelated Business Income (including gaming)
  • Recordkeeping
  • Employment Issues
  • Group Rulings
  • Filing Requirements

Go here to register for this event.

More information: Publication 3386: Veterans’ Organizations Tax Guide



Changes made to EO Select Check

Exempt Organizations Select Check, the on-line tool that allows users to search for an exempt organization and check certain information about its federal tax status and filings, has been updated.

The changes include:

  • Wording changes throughout the application, most notably changing Tax Deductible Contributions to Tax Deductible Charitable Contribution wherever it appeared
  • Adding the reinstatement date column
  • Removing federal government from the dropdown list of deductibility status codes and removing its explanation from the help text in the Pub 78 section
  • Adding 00 to the dropdown list of exemption types and adding its explanation to the help text in the revocation section
  • Removing 501(c)(1) (Federal Credit Unions) from the dropdown list of exemption types and removing its explanation from the help text in the revocation section


Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract page updated

The EO BMF page, which was recently updated, includes cumulative information on exempt organizations. The data are available monthly by state and region.
In addition to the page’s new look:

  • Files are now in comma separated value format, which can be opened by most computer applications including Excel
  • Data is displayed via a map versus by list of states


See the updated documentation guide for further information about the data, including a crosswalk, which shows the changes from one document to another (generally showing where the field was in the first document and where it is in the second document).