Homeland Security Scrutinizing New Nonprofits: What Can We Expect & How Can We Adjust

You Are Not Allowed To Take Photos Here!! by TroyHoldenAnd the hits just keep on coming…

Nonprofit organizations have yet another hurdle to cross when applying for tax-exempt status.

A while back, a colleague of mine, a director of a nonprofit organization, applied for tax-exempt status in the United States. The IRS had questions for him, which was to be expected. What was not expected, however, was that after answering the IRS’ questions, his file was then forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security [DHS].

That’s right, the U.S. Government Department that oversees (no pun intended) counter-terrorism, border security, disaster response, and immigration is also an integral part of the tax-exempt approval process. Continue reading

The Weekly Balance Sheet: June 28

A list of the great articles that I’ve read from June 21 – June 26, 2010. This week’s categories include: Governance & Strategy; Social Media, Internet & Fundraising; and Jewish/Israeli (Nonprofit) News. Continue reading

The Weekly Balance Sheet: June 21

A list of the great articles from around the web that I’ve read from June 14 – June 20, 2010.  This week’s categories include: Governance & Strategy; Social Media, Internet & Fundraising; Jewish/Israel (Nonprofit) News; and Economics & Finance.

I’m still tinkering with the format. Your comments are always appreciated. Enjoy. Continue reading

The Real Reason Israelis Don’t Donate

There is debate raging in the United States about tax incentives and the Nonprofit Sector. The U.S. government, by allowing donations to be tax-deductible, is surrendering money “owed” to it for the sake of encouraging charity. Many believe that the two – the rate of deductions and the amount donated to charity – are directly linked. Any decrease in the rate of deductions will lead to a decrease in the aggregate amount of charity donated to nonprofit organizations.

A recent study in Israel advocates the same theory, claiming that Israel’s poor standing in charitable-giving is directly related to the Israeli Government’s comparatively lower tax-deductible incentives.

However, by placing the blame squarely on the Israeli Government – instead of sharing the burden with the nonprofit organizations operating in Israel – these researchers are causing the Israeli Nonprofit Sector to leave a huge well of potential-donors untapped. The charities in Israel are failing to engage would-be donors, and it is this lost opportunity that should really be addressed. Continue reading

Weekly Must-Reads: June 14

A list of the great articles from around the web that I read from June 6 – June 13, 2010.  This week’s topics include:  Regulations, Strategy & Governance; Social Media, Internet & Fundraising; Economy & Finance; and Israel & Jewish Nonprofit News.

I am trying out a new format. Please let me know how you like it. As always, enjoy.

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Weekly Must-Reads: June 6

A list of great articles I’ve read and posted to Twitter between May 23 – June 5, 2010.  This week’s topics include: I.R.S.; Sector Trends; Social Media & Internet; Finance & Economy; and Potpourri.

While it has been two weeks since my last Must-Read, don’t worry about overload. Between my daughter running into a door and needing stitches and my internet being on the fritz for four days, its been a slow couple of weeks.  Well, here’s hoping for a better week that last… Continue reading