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I am pleased with the service and patience we have received. Thanks to your service, we have greater confidence in our financial position. Professional... helpful... cooperative... and accommodating to our church's needs are characteristics that describe our experience with Patrick and Raines. They add credibility, while simplifying our church's financial management. I eagerly recommend them. Thanks again for your help. It's getting better and better.

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Is it time to review and refresh your nonprofit’s board?

Perhaps your not-for-profit has lost a few board members in the turmoil of the past few years. Or maybe your current lineup simply isn’t meeting your organization’s leadership challenges. There are many reasons to review and rebuild a board of directors. But there’s no excuse to ignore problems and hope they’ll work themselves out. Here’s […]

If you’re hiring, take a look at veterans

Despite widespread fears of recession in recent months, hiring remains strong in the United States. Employers added 528,000 jobs in July 2022 and many organizations seeking new workers are having trouble filling positions. If your not-for-profit has open slots, you might want to look to military veterans. This demographic can have a harder time finding […]

Promoting your nonprofit with your annual report

Do you think about your not-for-profit’s annual report as a yearly obligation or even an unpleasant chore? If so, your annual report likely isn’t much fun to read — and you’re missing a chance to attract and engage critical audiences. Instead, embrace this opportunity to communicate the good your organization does and promote your mission […]

Is your nonprofit paying enough attention to Generation Z?

A new generation is spearheading social movements, volunteering for causes and making charitable donations. If your organization isn’t paying attention to Generation Z — the youngest cohort of adults — you may miss out on its energy and support. This demographic is particularly motivated by social justice issues and is financially generous. Here’s how to […]

Dangerous donations: Should your nonprofit risk bad publicity?

No not-for-profit wants to turn down donations — particularly if they’re large. Nevertheless, you need to consider the source of gifts and potentially refuse those attached to controversial donors. Bad publicity, particularly if it hits social media and goes viral, can be far more expensive for your organization in the long run. A look at […]

Oversight and controls are key to limiting fraud in nonprofits

Recently, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) published its biannual Report to the Nations: 2022 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. Of all the types of organizations surveyed by the ACFE, not-for-profits actually were the least likely to experience occupational fraud. However, nonprofits also are generally the least likely to be able to […]

How to cut costs instead of your nonprofit’s staff

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdowns in Spring 2020, many not-for-profit organizations initially resisted laying off employees. Retention tax credits provided under the CARES Act helped. But nonprofits that are still struggling may think they have no choice but to cut compensation expenses, especially as high inflation increases the cost of other expenses. However, your […]

Support your nonprofit’s financial plans with board designations

The pandemic, ongoing economic insecurity and uncertainty about the future have prompted some not-for-profits to make board designations of unrestricted assets. What are board designations, why are they worth considering and how does the process work? Self-imposed limits “Board-designated assets” refers to funds that haven’t been restricted by donors but are subject to self-imposed limits […]

Nonprofits: Tips for getting the grant

There are thousands of grants and millions of dollars available to nonprofits from the federal government, states, foundations and other sources. Unfortunately, you can’t just ask nicely and expect to receive them. Qualifying for the funding your organization needs generally requires you to submit thorough, professional and compelling grant proposals. Here are a few tips. […]

Matching gifts make donations twice as sweet

According to nonprofit consultant Double the Donation, almost 65% of U.S. companies offer matching gift programs to help boost their employees’ charitable giving power. Sadly, billions of dollars in corporate matching gift funds go unclaimed every year. If your not-for-profit isn’t actively pursuing these gifts, you may be leaving them on the table. Participating employers […]

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