Sunday, November 30, 2008

What boards need to know about the new 990

What are the most important changes to IRS form 990, and what do nonprofit boards need to know about them? Why should boards care?

Blue Avocado offers a good summary that board members may find useful. Links provided, to the IRS site governing nonprofits, a speech on the topic by IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, and GuideStar, are worthy of exploration as well. Click here to access the post.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Giving Circles-Building Philanthropy

In this season of giving -- and increased anxiety about how the economic environment might impact our budgets -- it behooves us to be open to new thinking and approaches to philanthropy.

I first encountered the notion of giving circles last year, during the annual Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action conference, and was intrigued by the potential they seem to offer to not just increase funds but build a spirit of philanthropy in a collaborative environment.

A new post on the PhilanthroMedia blog, by Caroline Heine, offers a good introduction to the concept. It may spark some creative thinking for readers of this blog. Click here to access Heine's post.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Nonprofit governance: The last 20 years

BoardSource has posed a video and a timeline covering the last 20 years in nonprofit governance, both of which may be of interest to this blog's readers.

To access the streaming video, click here. To view the timeline, click here. Whether you're new to nonprofit boards or simply curious about the big picture, you might find these worth a peek.