Nonprofit Blog

Monthly Nonprofit Highlights and Speaking Engagements from Aurora Grants and Consulting.

A National Day for Giving Back

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 2 comments

A National Day for Giving Back

If the first #GivingTuesday caught you off guard last year, you’re not alone – but forces are already in play to make sure that this year’s event, which takes place on December 3, won’t take you by surprise again. In the frantic rush to spend money that immediately follows Thanksgiving, first came “Black Friday,” when retail outlets ramp up their sales staff and measure their upcoming holiday success by the first-shopping-day-of-the-season’s receipts. Then, with the explosion of online shopping, came “Cyber Monday” accompanied by its own tote board of retail results. In...

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Nonprofits Crossing State Lines

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Nonprofits Crossing State Lines

If your nonprofit performs “charitable solicitations” in another state, you may be required to register there. This does not apply to passive fundraising, such as donors from other states who give through your website or send you checks in the mail. It does apply, however, to galas, alumni/ae events, concerts, or any other active fundraising activities that you host outside of your home state. Currently 40 states require registration, each with their own regulations. Until recently, you almost needed a law degree to figure out what they were and how to comply with them! In May...

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Ask The Experts Conference

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 in Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Ask The Experts Conference

Aurora Grants & Consulting founder, Linda Beeman, will be hosting an Affinity Table during lunch at the Ask The Experts (ATE) conference on Friday, February 8, 2013. The topic will be “Communications and Marketing”. Please bring your questions and ideas for discussion. ATE will take place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm. Register here for this high-powered nonprofit professional development...

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Nonprofit, Protect Thyself!

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Nonprofit, Protect Thyself!

When it comes to trademark protection, the law treats nonprofit and for-profit organizations just the same. The same rules apply and the same protections exist. However, the implications of infringement may be even more devastating for a nonprofit. What if money that donors thought they were sending to your organization was going somewhere else instead? With the growing trend toward online giving, it’s easy to imagine how this could occur; but unless you have registered your trademark, your chances for recourse are slim. The word “trademark” can be used in two ways: first, in the...

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It’s 2013 – Time to Take Action

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

It’s 2013 – Time to Take Action

Last month, in the midst of the national debate over how we were heading toward a “fiscal cliff,” hundreds of nonprofit professionals joined forces on Capitol Hill to present their case to Congress. As the Charitable Giving Coalition, their goals were (1) to urge our representatives to preserve the charitable contribution deduction, and (2) to initiate a far-reaching discussion about the crucial role played by philanthropy in society today, and what long-term solutions for addressing America’s social problems should look like. The Coalition was chaired by the Association of...

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Holiday Cheer

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Holiday Cheer

Can you imagine hosting a volunteer event that is so much fun, that: 1 – You have to schedule it over a two-week period, 2 – It’s so large you need to book a stadium, 3 – People will wait in line just to participate, and 4 – Each person will pay $20 for the privilege of volunteering? By now, you’ve probably figured out that the event we’re talking about is the annual Elves and More Bike Build, hosted by a nonprofit that took Houston by storm a mere 9 years ago. It all started when David Moore began donating Christmas gifts to children in 2000 through the...

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