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Professional Development for Arts Educators Program, Department of Education

Professional Development for Arts Educators Program, Department of Education – Purpose of Program: The Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) program supports the implementation of high-quality model professional development programs in elementary and secondary education for music, dance, drama, media arts, or visual arts, including folk arts, for educators and other arts instructional staff of kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) students in high-poverty schools. The purpose of this program is to strengthen standards-based arts education programs and to help ensure that all students meet challenging State academic content standards and challenging State student academic achievement standards in the arts. Click here to learn more. Deadline: May 19, 2014. (Posted: 4/8/2014)

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Investing in Innovation Fund— Development Grants, Grant Siren

Investing in Innovation Fund— Development Grants

“The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), […] provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.”

Deadline: April 3, 2014

“In order to receive an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Development grant, an entity must submit a pre-application. The pre-application is intended to reduce the burden of submitting a full application for an i3 Development grant. Pre-applications will be reviewed and scored by peer reviewers using the selection criteria designated in this notice. Entities that submit a highly rated pre-application will be invited to submit a full application for a Development grant; however, any entity that submitted a pre- application may choose to submit a full application.”

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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).

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Just a few days left to apply for Junior League grant funds!

Critical Needs – The Junior League of Waco has limited funds available to assist organizations in addressing emergency needs. These grants may not exceed $2,000 and are contingent on funds available. Except in cases of extreme emergency, an agency which has received Community Critical needs monies will not be eligible to reapply for twenty-four months after receipt of grant. Please click here to complete the Critical Needs form.  (REPost: 3/20/14)

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Grant for Design Challenges in Rural Communities, CIRD

“The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges – such as Main Street revitalization, how to manage and direct growth, design community-supportive transportation systems, preserve natural and historic landscapes and buildings, protect working agricultural lands, and provide adequate and affordable housing – who are interested in hosting a local workshop in 2014-2015.

Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 stipend and in-kind professional design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is posted on the CIRD website” – Orton Family Foundation [source].

Deadline is Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 9 pm, EDT.

To learn more about this grant opportunity, go to Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design, or visit Orton’s Family Foundation.

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Nonprofit Management Forum: Strengthening the Capacity of Nonprofit Organizations – Early Bird Deadline Extended

The Bush School, Texas A&M University holds Nonprofit Management Forum: Strengthening the Capacity of Nonprofit Organizations

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: The Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University

Registration is now open:

  1. Early Bird Registration through March 15
  2. Regular Registration closes March 25

The Nonprofit Management Forum provides an opportunity for nonprofit staff, board members, students, and volunteers to come together for a day of learning, refreshment, and networking. Participants reflect on the work of the nonprofit sector and gain practical skills that will improve the effectiveness of nonprofits in our community. Bringing together academic researchers, consultants, industry professionals, and aspiring leaders, the forum is a unique learning opportunity.

Visit the Nonprofit Management Forum’s website for more information

Speakers Include:

Flip Flippen, Flippen Group, Keynote Speaker
The Heart of the Matter

Flip Flippen is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, The Flip Side: Break Free of the Behaviors That Hold You Back, released in May of 2007. He developed the concept of Personal Constraints™ as a means to overcome performance inhibitors and to accelerate the growth of many of the world’s greatest executives, educators, and professional athletes.

Dr. William Brown, The Bush School of Government & Public Service
Strategic Leadership: Transforming Your Management Practices

William A. Brown is an associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and holds the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship. He serves as the program director for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. He teaches the Nonprofit Management, Social Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management courses.


Workshops Include:

Fundraiser Confidential: How to delight your donors and raise more money NOW
Rachel Muir, CFRE
Master efficient and impactful ways to make donors feel appreciated regardless of the gift or channel and create your own stewardship plan to make sure every gift is thanked.

Creative Solutions for Performance Management in Your Organization 
TyAnn Osborn, Osborn Consulting Group
With so many challenges facing your nonprofit organization, a strong talent strategy is more crucial than ever to achieving mission accomplishment and strategic success. A supportive performance management process can ensure alignment of employees with strategic goals, achievement of individual objectives, enhanced employee engagement with career fulfillment, and decreased employee relations issues.

Strategic Financial Management: Smart Growth & Oversight throughout a Nonprofit Life Cycle
Katy Avenson, CPA & Kara Hamann, CPA, CMA
Get the answers to important questions to properly manage your nonprofit finances throughout an organization’s life cycle. You’ll walk away with ideas for enhanced financial management and a better understanding of how to manage growth in a nonprofit organization.

Social Enterprise
Suzanne Smith, Social Impact Architects
Within this workshop, participants will leave with a toolkit of take-home materials that will allow them to identify and evaluate strengths through an organizational audit, translate these strengths into social enterprise opportunities, and engage in a process to evaluate the identified opportunities in an effort to determine which should be studied in more detail through a feasibility assessment.
Tactics for Building and Nurturing Community Online
Michael Wilson, Small World Labs

Find out how organizations are developing cohesive strategies to build community by approaching these challenges with an integrated approach.

If you would like to receive more information, Contact Office of Extended Education

1-866-988-BUSH(2874) or 979-862-7810


Nonprofit Management Forum Website


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General Mills Foundation Seeks Applications for Champions for Healthy Kids Programs

General Mills Foundation Seeks Applications for Champions for Healthy Kids Programs – Launched in partnership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, this has become a flagship program of the General Mills Foundation, distributing more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. Through the Champions for Healthy Kids program, the General Mills Foundation will award 50 grants of $20,000 each to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth. Visit the General Mills Foundation Web site to apply(Posted: 3/4/2014)

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Organic Farming Research Foundation Invites Proposals for Organic Farming and/or Food System Research

Organic Farming Research Foundation Invites Proposals for Organic Farming and/or Food System Research – One-year grants of up to $15,000 are available for research related projects or other social, economic, or policy-related topics of concern to organic farmers and/or ranchers. The foundation supports research that is relevant to and takes place in certified organic systems. OFRF does not normally fund studies that compare conventional with organic systems as a primary objective. Applicants should articulate how the proposed research project will foster the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems, as well as ways in which organic farmers or ranchers can utilize proposed results in their operations. For complete program guidelines and eligibility information, visit OFRF’s Proposal Page(Posted: 3/4/2014)

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Waco Foundation Announces New Grant Guidelines & Processes!

Waco Foundation Announces New Grant Guidelines & Processes!

 In an effort to better serve area nonprofits that are working to improve quality of life in McLennan County, Waco Foundation has revised its grantmaking process and applications. The new process allows for grant requests to be reviewed and responded to year round, as opposed to just two times per year.  Additionally, Foundation staff reports that in an effort to minimize the time and paperwork required of their applicants, requests are now categorized and processed according to type, with each category of giving having a reduced and simplified application in order to help streamline and speed up the decision making process.

The Foundations new grant categories are as follows: large capital grants (requests totaling more than $40,000), small capital grants (requests up to $40,000) and program grants. The Foundation’s eligibility requirements, giving restrictions and giving structure (reimbursements as opposed to upfront cash awards) remain unchanged. The Foundation encourages all potential applicants to review their updated grantmaking guidelines and process and contact the Director of Grants and Capacity Building with any questions they may have.

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Be Aware: Online Donation Scams on the Rise!

Online Donation Scams on the Rise!

In Waco, Texas and beyond, reports are filing in about people using nonprofit online donation tools as a way to launder money and steal from unsuspecting credit card holders. The scam typically works like this: The thief uses a credit card or online payment account such as PayPal to make a large donation through a nonprofit’s online donation page. That person then contacts the organization and says the donation was a mistake. For example, a $2,000 donation was meant to be a $200 donation. He/she then asks the organization to refund the difference of $1800 to a different account than the one used to make the donation. The scammer may claim that the original account had to be closed for security or other reasons.

If you come across a request like this at your nonprofit, here are some things you can do:

  • ONLY offer to refund the money to the original credit card (no matter what story/explanation you are given)
  • Once the refund is made, notify the credit card company and the local police about the situation
  • File a complaint with Internet Crime Complaint Center:

To learn more about this scam, check out:

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