Tips for Filling Out Your 990

Written by Guest Blogger - Sarah Avery | Posted on Aug 21, 2015

The 990 is a complicated form, reflecting the complexity of our tax code. Make too many mistakes and your organization risks repelling potential donors and, possibly, loosing its tax exempt status. Guest blogger Sarah Avery, of the accounting firm Friedman LLP, offers some guidance on navigating the form’s intricacies.

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Understanding Millennial Donors

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Aug 13, 2015

Sean Parker’s recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, in which he said philanthropists should emulate hackers, demonstrated the unique mindset of millennial donors. Here are some thoughts about the challenges and opportunities presented by seeking support from millennials. 

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Sounding the Call to Revitalize High Holiday Appeals

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Aug 07, 2015

Dissatisfied with the results of your congregation’s recent High Holiday appeals? Thinking the appeal has run its course? Before dispensing with a time honored practice of soliciting support, consider revitalizing the appeal.

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#GivingTuesday and the Power of Storytelling

Written by Ross Kasper | Posted on Jul 30, 2015

In the second piece in a series on preparing for #GivingTuesday, we provide more steps organizations can take to participate in a global social media and philanthropic phenomenon. This installment focuses on developing a communications plan and creating a toolkit.

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How Arts Organizations Can Be Entrepreneurial

Written by Guest Blogger - Elaine Grogan Luttrull | Posted on Jul 21, 2015

The leaders of nonprofit arts and culture organizations may not think of themselves as entrepreneurs. But guest blogger Elaine Grogan Luttrull argues that arts groups must adopt the entrepreneurial spirit if they are to survive in a competitive marketplace and supplement philanthropy with earned income.

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Ask the Fundraising Experts - Evans Consulting Group

Ask the Fundraising Experts:

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jul 19, 2015

Question: How can a nonprofit publicize a major gift that is made anonymously?

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Why Commission-Based Fundraising is a Bad Idea

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jul 17, 2015

Robert Evans makes an ethical and practical case against commission-based fundraising. Despite attempts by the mainstream nonprofit community to discourage commission-based relationships, the practice persists – and it fuels donor skepticism.

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Dues for a Change? Looking at Alternative Synagogue Models

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jun 29, 2015

A number of synagogues have ditched the century-old financial model of charging dues for membership. What is driving the change? Is it part of a broader shift taking place in American religious and organizational life?


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Can American Jewry Catch the Wave of Generosity?

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jun 24, 2015

The 60th annual Giving USA survey demonstrated that philanthropy has recovered from the Great Recession and that giving to nearly nonprofit sectors have increased. That is great news for Jewish organizations, but serious challenges remain.


This article originally appeared in The Washington Jewish Week.
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What the Giving USA Results Mean for the Jewish Community

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jun 22, 2015

The 60th annual Giving USA survey showed that 2014 was a banner year for American philanthropy. What does this mean for Jewish organizations, which have struggled in the wake of the Great Recession?


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