Monthly Nonprofit Highlights

Monthly nonprofit highlights.

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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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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Nonprofits as Lobbyists?

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Nonprofits as Lobbyists?

Nonprofits walk a fine line between advocacy and lobbying. In its simplest form a nonprofit is, by definition, an advocate. It stands up for individuals, animals, or inanimate objects that do not have the power to do so for themselves. The nonprofit’s ultimate function is to create public awareness of an existing problem, and bring the community together in order to address it. Where public policy can impact a charity’s ability to carry out its mission, either positively or negatively, it is in an excellent position to speak up not only for the organization itself, but on behalf of...

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Fun with Numbers

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Fun with Numbers

Most of us will never know what it is like to be a Warren Buffett or Bill and Melinda Gates and experience the feeling of donating millions of dollars to charitable causes. But learning about what motivates major donors like them to give, can help us better shape our own donor experience. Here in Texas, we have our fair share of philanthropists who give substantial amounts of money to various causes – and some aren’t shy about sharing their motivations with us. Two shining and very different examples are John and Laura Arnold, and Lester Smith. On August 14, 2012, the Laura and...

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