Collective Impact Initiatives Rely On Harmony

Collective impact, an approach that’s growing among nonprofits, is more than just collaboration. Its originators describe the phrase as the commitment of a group of important players from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. That includes the nonprofits themselves, government, businesses and constituent communities. In the Stanford Social Innovation […]

Viewing Your Lender as a Business Partner

It’s easy to get intimidated when applying for a business loan. You have the need; the bank has the money — how can you win them over? One way to lower the stress level is to view your lender as a partner rather than a gatekeeper. After all, it needs your business just as much […]

New Law Helps Businesses Make Their Employees’ Retirement Secure

A significant law was recently passed that adds tax breaks and makes changes to employer-provided retirement plans. If your small business has a current plan for employees or if you’re thinking about adding one, you should familiarize yourself with the new rules. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) was signed […]

Protect your exempt status in Election 2020

 Nonprofits that are tax-exempt as N 501(c)(3) organizations, including charities and churches, are barred from participating or intervening in any political campaign for or against a candidate for public office. Organizations that violate the prohibition risk losing their tax-exempt status. They also could find themselves on the hook for an excise tax. Here’s what you […]

A SYMBIOTIC BOND – How WIP reports relate to your financial statements

Construction work in progress (WIP) reports are too often ignored and less often fully understood. Your WIP reports share a symbiotic bond with your financial statements — the two should be consistent in the information they present. Let’s look at four different schedules of a typical WIP report and discuss how they relate to your […]