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Foundation-Nonprofit “Partnerships” — Fact or Fiction?
We are pleased to publish this article simultaneously with the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: The question posed to me by NCRP for this article: “Is it possible for a foundation and a grantee to have an honest, real partn …
Outsource Your Bookkeeping!
Outsourced accounting — having the accounting done by an outside person or firm — isn’t new, but it is getting a second look as nonprofits search for ways to cut office costs.
Benchmarking and Analyzing Salaries: A Fast How-To
Everyone’s heard of benchmarking and salary analysis, but what are some easy tools to use? This article is adapted from a chapter in The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources by Jan Masaoka, to be published by Nolo Press in the fall of 2011. …
Lucky 7: The Casino Industry and Philanthropy
Is it worth going all-in on casino philanthropy? Only if you know when to lay the odds and when to take the odds.
How to Hire Your First Development Director
The only thing worse than not having fundraising staff is having bad fundraising staff. To help you avoid the mistakes many others have made in hiring development staff, we’ve stolen a script of a scene with consultant Leyna Bernstein as she talks with …
Nonprofit Bookkeeping Test
If you’re not an accountant yourself, it can be hard to hire a qualified bookkeeper. How can you tell if an applicant really knows bookkeeping? CPA Dennis Walsh created this terrific assessment test you can give candidates for bookkeeping and ac …
Meaningful Budget Work by the Board
The budget process sets an organization’s priorities. How does the board use its knowledge and leadership to add value to that process?
The Easiest Way to Raise Money: Register with CFC
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) guru Bill Huddleston tells how nonprofits can raise money from federal employees in just eight great points.
A Board-Staff Agreement for Financial Accountability
Use this helpful template, and a discussion on the finance committee with the ED and the finance staff to clarify roles around accountability.
How Did This Happen? Part 2 of the Vanguard Foundation Story
Blue Avocado concludes an exploration of how it was possible for Vanguard Public Foundation to have come to such an inglorious end.