Paid Sick Leave to be Required by Law

October 16, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Employment Matters, News, Nonprofits

Does your organization provide paid sick leave to its employees? If it doesn’t now, it soon will have to. Effective July 1, 2015, California employers will be required to provide sick leave to most employees. Our friend Nicole Kamm from the law firm Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan fills us in on what the …


Katrina Money Wasted?

October 13, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in News, Nonprofits

Federal auditors claim that the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation, a nonprofit created to support the University of New Orleans, failed to account for more than $19 million it received from the federal government to repair damage it sustained during Hurricane Katrina. The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of …


First Ice-Bucket Challenge Money Allocated

October 10, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

Who knew getting people to pour cold water over their heads could be so profitable? It may be hard to believe, but the ALS Association took in $115 million over the summer thanks to the ice-bucket challenge clogging your Facebook newsfeed. Deciding what to do with the windfall presented a challenge to the Association as …


Emailing Canadians? Read this First

October 9, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

Does your organization send fundraising emails to Canadians? Before you hit send, make sure that the correspondence is compliant with Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which went into effect on July 1, 2014. CASL doesn’t apply to all emails. If your nonprofit is simply emailing to request a donation then the law doesn’t apply. But …


Sales Tax Confusion! 4 Questions to Help You Steer Clear of Trouble

October 7, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Nonprofits, Taxes

We often are asked how sales tax applies to 501(c)(3) organization’s fundraising events. CPA Mary Archibald, who specializes in nonprofits, was kind enough to address this question. Read on to glean Mary’s wisdom on this topic. The sales tax requirements may be misunderstood because most 501(c)(3) organizations do not pay income tax. Therefore, they often …


MacArthur Fellows Include 5 Nonprofit Geniuses

September 30, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in News, Nonprofits

There are geniuses among us in the nonprofit sector. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently named five of them as it doled out its much-coveted fellowships, popularly known as “genius grants.” And the nonprofit geniuses are: Mary Bonauto, a lawyer and civil rights project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, …