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Tips for Charitable Giving this Holiday Season

Tips for Charitable Giving this Holiday Season

December is already here, if you can believe it, and for nonprofits around the country that means it’s the giving season. Some donors give because the holiday spirit moves them while others are looking for a last-minute tax break. Either way, this is a critical time for these organizations. Our friends at NeonCRM did some fundraising research about the giving season and found that nearly one-third of annual giving occurs this month. Their study found some other interesting statistics as well: 28% of nonprofits raise up to half of their annual funds from their year-end donation campaigns. And most surprising to me was that while more than half of nonprofits start planning their year-end appeal in October, nearly two-thirds of donors do zero research before giving. So, while many people plan on giving this month, they aren’t looking into the groups they donate to. The research can be a little overwhelming if you aren’t familiar with nonprofit operations, but there are a few tips you can use to ensure your donation goes to a worthy cause.

Why Some Nonprofits are Calling Themselves Community Benefit Organizations

The language we use to name things has become increasingly important. Not so much because of definitions, but because of perception. Sometimes just changing a few words gives people an entirely different perception of whatever it is those words represent. Some nonprofits are finding that calling themselves community benefit organizations is changing the public perception and promoting their mission.

The Essential Nonprofit Software Toolkit

The Essential Nonprofit Software Toolkit

You want your organization to be cutting-edge, but your board might be hesitant to shell out cash for every new piece of software hitting the market. These days you can automate nearly any accounting task if you have the resources, but how do you know which technology to adopt? At the core of this dilemma are three critical needs that all nonprofits must address—raising money, monitoring results, and keeping track of your funds. These three processes deserve the best software to help your cause.

How to Survive Your Next Audit

How to Survive Your Next Audit

While state laws vary, it’s likely your nonprofit organization will come up against an audit. Whether it’s an audit by the IRS or an independent audit, it’s going to take time and money away from your cause and distract you from your mission. Audits don’t have to be a stressful experience. With a few key tips, you can lower the stress level in the office, and get back to the work you love. Here are four tips to make the audit experience easier for you and your organization.

Challenges Nonprofits Face

3 Challenges Facing Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations have unique challenges they have to face in today’s world. Everything from donor retention to keeping track of all the funds coming and going from your organization can be tricky. As a leader in your nonprofit, you are often the one to face these challenges and are responsible for successfully overcoming them.

Here are three common challenges nonprofit leaders face today.

GAAP accounting

The Importance of GAAP Accounting for Nonprofits

Your nonprofit organization adds some good to this world. You, your employees, your volunteers, and those your organization serves, all know how much good your organization does. They know where your revenue goes and they trust you will continue to use it wisely. But what about potential donors, grantors, and certain governing bodies? How do you present your organization’s financial information to them?

Your Nonprofit Could Be Susceptible to Fraud

Your Nonprofit Could Be Susceptible to Fraud

Your nonprofit organization means everything to you. The work you do matters and as a leader of your nonprofit, it’s your fiduciary responsibility to make a choice that will keep your nonprofit out of the hands of fraud. But you can only continue your work if you have money to support it. How do you manage the money your nonprofit receives, but still keep it safe from embezzlement?

Denali Online Training

Denali Online Training

We now offer training online! Instead of having to travel to one of our on-site regional trainings, you can purchase one of our prerecorded module-specific videos to view at your convenience!

Dallas Regional Training

October 15-19, 2018
Join Us for Regional Training
Dallas, Texas
This training offers step-by-step instruction on how to get the most out of Denali with one of our corporate trainers.