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Start with your board! Having a diverse board increases your nonprofits opportunities to network. Having a wide circle of friends  and colleagues (professional or private) to call on for assistance, financial or otherwise, provides greater opportunities for you to “tap” your resources indefinitely without running them dry.  Having a wide berth also provides you with new audiences with which to share your vision, gain clientele and support.  Make the effort to reach out today!

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National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Works Grant Program

National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Works Grant ProgramNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment. There are two deadlines depending what fits best for your organization: 

  1. February 20, 2014
  2. July 24, 2014

For eligibility and application information, visit Art.gov(Posted: 1/14/14)

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Texas A&M Forest Service – Rural Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) Assistance Program (HB 2604)

Texas A&M Forest Service – Rural Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) Assistance Program (HB 2604).  Created by the 77th Texas Legislature (HB 2604) the Rural VFD Assistance Program provides $12.8 million per year in grants for equipment and training. The Texas Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program is a cost-share program funded by the Texas State Legislature. It provides funding to rural volunteer fire departments for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training. Learn more about VFD’s Cost Share Assistance Program and apply within.

The next Funding Meeting is scheduled for April 23, 2014

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The Kresge Foundation, National Center for Healthy Housing – Community Health Hub Investment Initiative

The Kresge Foundation, National Center for Healthy Housing – Community Health Hub Investment InitiativeIn partnership with Social Investment Practice, the Kresge Foundation works to couple grantmaking with below-market-rate loans, loan guarantees and other alternative-financing tools to support both the growth and sustainability of community health centers. The Social Investment Practice typically makes funding available to Community Development Finance Institutions or other partners that, in turn, make loans for capital projects to federally qualified health centers. As part of the community health hub investment effort, they seek to leverage other health-advancing solutions in the communities these health centers serve. These include features such as technology to promote and preserve good health, access to healthy food and supportive services. Visit Kresge.org to learn more about this grant opportunity. (Posted: 1/14/14)

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National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education – Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education – Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School TeachersThe Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities. Each workshop is offered twice during the summer. Workshops accommodate thirty-six school teachers (NEH Summer Scholars) at each one-week session. The goals of the workshops are to

  • increase knowledge and appreciation of subjects, ideas, and places significant toAmerican history and culture through humanities reading and site study;
  • build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and of excellent scholarship and teaching;
  • provide teachers with expertise in the use and interpretation of historical sites and of material and archival resources; and
  • foster interaction between K-12 educators and scholarly experts.
NEH Landmarks Workshops are academically rigorous and focus on key primary sources and
scholarly works relevant to major themes of American history and culture. Leading scholars
should serve as lecturers or seminar leaders. Workshops should also enable participants to work
with primary documents and develop a project. Website for NEH GrantDeadline: March 4, 2014  (Posted: 1/14/14)
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National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education – Summer Seminars and Institutes Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education – Summer Seminars and Institutes GrantThese grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes (for summer 2015) may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes

  • extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts;
  • contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants;
  • build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and
  • link teaching and research in the humanities.

An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. These programs are designed for a national audience of teachers. Website for NEH Grant. Deadline: March 4, 2014  (Posted: 1/14/14)

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(PHONE FORUM) IRS Presentation: Good Governance Makes Sense for Exempt Organizations

IRS Presentation: Good Governance Makes Sense for Exempt Organizations

Register now for this informative IRS presentation scheduled January 23, at 2 p.m. ET.

Topics include:

  • Why public trust is a charity’s greatest asset
  • The importance of having a knowledgeable and engaged governing board
  • Effective self-policing policies
  • How to avoid conflicts of interest
  • The importance of implementing a code of ethics policy
  • Financial statements and Form 990 reporting
  • What you need to know about UBIT

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Program Seeks to Reduce Violence in Rural Areas with an Available Grant

Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women
The Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Assistance Program provides support to enhance the safety of rural victims of violence, and supports projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. The application deadline is January 23, 2014.

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Toyota U.S.A. Foundation – K‐12 Education Grants

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation – K‐12 Education Grants

The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of K‐12 education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and environmental science.

A high priority is placed on the following:

  • Creative and innovative programs which develop the potential of students and/or teachers;
  • Programs which are broad in scope and incorporate systemic approach; and,
  • Cost‐effective programs that possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort.

Grants are provided to support the development and implementation of programs that generally range from $50,000 ‐ $500,000. The Foundation will only fund a program one time; however, a grant recipient may present a new program for consideration after three years.

The Toyota USA Foundation reviews applications continually and does not have deadlines. The review process can take up to six months.

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New Options for Automatically Revoked Organizations to Apply for Reinstatment

Organizations that have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked for not filing required 990 series returns may apply for reinstatement. Revenue Procedure 2014-11 provides four options for applying for reinstatement and explains how the new procedures apply to pending and recently approved applications.

Revenue Procedure 2014-11 modifies and supersedes the procedures described in Notice 2011-44.

Also see: Automatic Revocation – How to have your tax-exempt status retroactively reinstated

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