Understanding the Real Cost of Nonprofit Work

November 19, 2015

By John E. Kobara This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post Los Angeles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-e-kobara/understanding-cost-nonprofit-work_b_8556918.html We know that our government depends on nonprofit organizations to sustain critical portions of our safety net through services like shelters, health clinics and foster youth programs. But a recent Urban Institute report highlights the significant challenges nonprofits in California face […]

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“Easier than Getting a Library Card?” Critical Considerations on Using the IRS Form 1023-EZ

August 5, 2014

by Ofer Lion With the release of Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, applying for tax-exempt status has never been faster or easier. As Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the Council of Nonprofits, put it, “It’s easier to get tax-exempt status under 1023-EZ than […]

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Not Just Numbers: How Tax Form 990 Can Tell An Organization's Story

May 16, 2014

This week, hundreds of thousands of nonprofits whose fiscal years ended in December filed a Tax Form 990, the annual return required of many tax-exempt organizations. While the full 990 is required for tax-exempt organizations with average annual receipts of over $200,000 (organizations with receipts between $50,000 and $200,000 file a simpler 990EZ, and those […]

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Developing the Underdeveloped

February 5, 2014

Many nonprofits are caught in a vicious cycle. Declining fundraising leads to the development director’s departure. This disrupts donor relationships, makes it difficult to recruit new development staff and leads to further fundraising declines. This cycle is taking place throughout the sector, and a new study released by The Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund […]

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Street Vendor Economics 101: Lessons for Nonprofits

March 26, 2013

I work with entrepreneurs. Mostly, these entrepreneurs are street vendors. Taco engineers. Tamale fabricators. Churro developers. Innovators in the City’s informal economy. They constantly inspire me with their energy, their ideas, and their refusal to give up under extreme circumstances – chronic unemployment, poverty, obstructionist policy (yes, street vending is illegal in Los Angeles ), and […]

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The Mid-Sized Nonprofit Squeeze

March 6, 2013

By Michael Alexander Mid-sized nonprofit organizations may have one of the toughest challenges of all nonprofits.  They are staffed by professionals who need to be paid.  They are not the beneficiaries of a “labor of love” workforce like many of the small nonprofits that often continue to do their good and valued work with heavy […]

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Creative Disruption – The Big AH HA!!!

February 28, 2013

By Claire Peeps Disruption doesn’t sound like such a good thing.  But it can be — especially if you’re a nonprofit leader, trustee or staff member.  Really! We’ve been providing Sabbaticals to nonprofit leaders and their organizations for 16 years now.  More than 80 distinguished nonprofit leaders have taken a three-month leave from their work, […]

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Nonprofit Solutions: MBA Nonprofit Case Challenges – Everyone Wins!

February 20, 2013

By Hellen Hong In November 2012, a California Community Foundation staff member suggested that I apply to UCLA Anderson School of Management’s 2013 Net Impact Nonprofit Consultant Challenge (NICC).  NICC is a blend of a consulting challenge and case competition in which a team of four to six MBA students work with a nonprofit to […]

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