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State of Grantseeking™ Free Webinar

Join GrantStation on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 for a FREE webinar with the most recent data available.

This 45-minute webinar offers you a chance to compare your organization to over 3,300 other organizations, and to see trends in the grantseeking arena. The webinar addresses which funder types are most likely to support your organization, reasonable levels of funding to expect for your organization, and how your region, budget, location, or mission focus affect your organization’s ability to be awarded grants.

For more information, and to register for this online educational session, click here.

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“Is It Time to Ditch that Event?”

Sandy Rees offers helpful advice on evaluating the success of your nonprofit’s events. Trying to fund a nonprofit with ineffective events can be time consuming, costly, and unsustainable.

Before hosting an event, asses whether this event is a good event or a bad event. Good events will result in one or more of the following:

  • Substantial Money
  • Awareness
  • Deeper relationships

Bad events will hardly break even, have a small attendance, and fail to create public awareness. Evaluate your event critically, and decide whether you should keep it, tweak it, or get rid of it.

For more information and to read the full article, click here.

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Full and Matching grants available to qualifying nonprofits!

Casualty Brand Grant has announced the launch of their 2016 Summer Causality Brand Grant application. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2016.

Consider applying if your organization can benefit from the following:

  • brand assessment and development
  • identity design or logo refresh
  • marketing materials (brochures, newsletters, annual reports, direct mail, email marketing)
  • event branding (luncheons, galas, festivals)
  • campaign development (annual, capital, membership)
  • WordPress web site design

If you have questions, contact Terri Gaines by email or phone (888.999.5592). For more information, click here.

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The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University is looking for graduate students during the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

“The Bush School Consulting Capstone (BSCC) assists client organizations in addressing existing and emerging challenges. Projects will be based on your needs and could entail a range of topics such as: feasibility studies, needs assessment, program evaluation, organizational assessment, human resource planning, and strategic planning. See this page for example prior projects.

The goal of the capstone is to enhance students’ management and policy education by developing collaborative consulting engagements with organizations to address substantive management and policy issues. Size of student teams will be dependent on the complexity of client projects.  We anticipate most teams will range from 5-8 members.  Faculty supervisors are Will Brown, Deborah Kerr, and Wynn Rosser. The consulting capstone utilizes a structured framework to approach problem definition and project oversight.

The 2016-2017 applications are available at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/FeX6uqU7fDlKZqv73. Prospective client organizations are asked to complete an application by July 15, 2016.  Applications will be reviewed by faculty sponsors and then screened by students. Selection of client hosts should be completed by mid-September.  If your project is selected, student teams will meet with client hosts to develop a problem definition (work scope) memo by the end of September. The student team will then work with organizations to complete the agreed upon scope of work by May 2017.

For additional information please contact:

Matthew Upton

Assistant Dean of Career & Student Services

Bush School of Government & Public Service

Texas A&M University

4220 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4220

mupton@tamu.edu | (979) 862-8824

by July 15, 2016

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FirstCity Financial is closing and offering local nonprofits office supplies!

The final day to pick up office supplies is June 14 from 9 am – 4 pm.

Common office supplies like these will be available: file folders, hanging folders, binders, desk organizers, staplers, tape dispensers, paper clips, binder clips, tabs, binding machines/combs, waste baskets, holiday decor/kitchen items, guest/office chairs, plants and more.

Please bring a receipt from your organization for tax purposes. If possible, bring bags or boxes to transport items.

Contact Teresa Roper (254.761.2895) or Sarah Wedeking at (254.761.2901) for questions.

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Some Form 990-N Electronic Filing System (e-Postcard) users may see error messages, helpful advice given by the IRS.

The Form 990-N online filing system moved from Urban Institute to IRS.gov in February. While the new system has been successful, a very small percentage of users see site errors while registering or submitting the form. The IRS offers this advice:

  • Review the steps listed on How to File Form 990-N. Pay particular attention to the “text character” restrictions.
  • The Form 990-N (e-Postcard) User Guide will explain each step in the filing process.
  • If site errors are unresolved, call TE/GE Customer Account Services at 877-829-5500. A representative will gather your Form 990-N information for filing on your organization’s behalf.
  • Organizations will not be penalized for filing late if it was caused by website issues. Organizations should continue efforts to file, even if they are late.

For more on filing Form 990-N, see the Form 990-N page on IRS.gov.

 

All tips list above were given by the IRS.

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Overtime and Overhead Rules Changing Soon with US Department of Labor

OVERTIME and OVERHEAD Rules Changing Soon

If you haven’t already heard, the US Department of Labor is changing the rules on overtime and overhead.

For a helpful explanation of these new rules, read more on CouncilofNonprofits.org: “DOL Proposed Overtime Reforms and the Impact on Nonprofits” Here are some highlights:

What’s Being Proposed?

The proposed overtime regulations would do three things. The Department proposes:

  1. Raising the standard minimum level for salaried workers from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to what amounts to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers. This amount for 2016 is estimated to be $970 per week, or $50,440 annually.
  2. Raising the standard salary minimum for highly compensated employees from $100,000 a year to the annualized value of the 90th percentile of weekly earnings of full-time salaried workers, or about $122,148 annually.
  3. Implementing a mechanism for automatically updating these two minimum salary levels to adjust for inflation and preclude the need to regularly change the levels via future regulatory actions.

See more by visiting https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/trends-policy-issues/dol-proposed-overtime-reforms-and-the-impact-nonprofits#sthash.i4tgFDXw.dpuf

Stay up to date with the Wage and Hour Division from the US Department of Labor’s site: https://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/index.htm

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“Most Donors Give Cash, Unaware Of Alternatives” says Andy Segedin, thenonprofittimes.com.

Nearly half (47 percent) of donors have never used a giving vehicle other than cash, despite having the means. Four out of five donors possess assets such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds, yet only 21 percent have contributed such assets to charity… The data comes from a survey of 950 consumers conducted by Fidelity Charitable of Boston, Mass. Read more about this topic at thenonprofittimes.com.

 

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