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December 2010

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 12:00 AM • Does every member of your board understand their legal obligations, basic responsibilities, and duties?
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:30 AM • Lansing COmmunity College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing MI 48901 Room 119.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:00 AM • Gene Davis & Sons Banquet & Convention Center - 3575 Francis Street, Jackson, MI 49203
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:00 AM • Baker College of Jackson Welcome Center Room 2014, 2800 Springport Road, Jackson, MI 49202

Are you taking care of your donors?

Remember your year-end responsibilities to your donors.

Per IRS regulations,

  • a donor must have a bank record or written communication from a charity for any monetary contribution before the donor can claim a charitable contribution on his/her federal income tax return.   Even if the contribution is $5, the donor must have a written acknowledgement of it to claim on taxes.  If you've forgotten to send thank you notes - this is the perfect time to rectify this!
  • a donor is responsible for obtaining a written acknowledgment from a charity for any single contribution of $250 or more before the donor can claim a charitable contribution on his/her federal income tax return Don't forget to include donors who make payroll deductions to your organization
  • a charitable organization is required to provide a written disclosure to a donor who receives goods or services in exchange for a single payment in excess of $75  Dont' forget to deduct the fair market value!  For example, when a donor purchases a ticket to an event, you must deduct the value of the meal. Note, the IRS considers some benefits to be insubstantial.

Click here for an IRS publication outlining specific requirements.

Nonprofit Network - By the Numbers

# of Members: 133

# of New Members this year: 42

# of Learning Opportunities provided this year: 74

# of Workshop Participants:  738

# of people have attended more than one workshop this year:  329

# of Board 101 Participants: 205


Thank you to the Foundations that have Supported our Work this Year!

Jackson Community Foundation
United Way of Jackson County
James A. & Faith Knight Foundation
The Hurst Foundation
Consumers Energy Foundation
Weatherwax Foundation
Dawn Foods Foundation
Michigan Nonprofit Association
Bill and Vi Sigmund Foundation


You Proved Me Wrong - Thank You, and Congratulations

A year ago, I wrote an article warning you of the continuing economic crisis and that if you didn't make a conscious choice about either needing the life raft or being the life raft  that the choice was going to be made for you. I made the grim forecast that at least one of you was going to have to close up shop.  I was wrong about the last part.  

Congratulations!  You made it!  That isn't to say that tough choices are yet to come, and the hard part is over.  I believe that is far from the truth.

Stop for a moment and take a deep breath, congratulate your team and recognize an amazing accomplishment.  You may be exhausted, you may be frustrated - but include in those emotions a feeling of accomplishment and success.  You made it - you get to celebrate making it through 2010!

 Preparing for the Future

What the experts are saying to expect about additional cuts....

  • Further decreases in early education funding at the state level
  • Further decreases in individual family aid
  • Additional layoffs (or not replacing vacated positions) in State government

The areas that the experts are suggesting we invest in that will have the largest positive economic impact - both short and long term

  • Consolidation (at local government level specifically, but a good message for all of us)
  • Green energy technology
  • Education - not only getting kids to college, but preparing them to succeed in college
  • Place (make our community someplace people - especially people that companies want to hire - want to live)


** NEW ** Board Governance Series for 2011

Have you been waiting for "Beyond Board 101"?  It's here!  In 2011, Nonprofit Network will launch our new, deeper, more intensive board training series. 

We will still offer Board 101 - but now just once a month.

We will alternate "This Board's For You" - a course designed to help boards formulate a recruitment and orientation strategy for new board members with "Good Governance and Due Diligence", a course designed to help you understand and implement your Conflict of Interest, Whistleblowers, Document Destruction & Retention policies, as well as what belongs in Board Meeting Minutes and how to deal with diligence. board due diligence. 

For complete course descriptions -click here.  

Jackson Community College Poster Project - See the results!

One of the required courses for the JCC Graphic Design students is Typography & Layout. This course is an introductory study in the use, and design of letterforms, color and design layout.

During the Fall of 2010, the course included a new project to both help the students in putting those skills to practical use and to help local nonprofit organizations by having a graphic design student create an event posters for an organization.  These projects were coordinated with the help of Nonprofit Network and JCC instructor Elizabeth Hayden. 

 To read the rest of this article and see the posters, click here. 

Members Only - Website Resources Easier to Navigate


If you are a member of Nonprofit Network, you have access to hundreds of resources through our website.  These resources are now easier to navigate, organized by "Best Practices", for example Fundraising, Governance, Financial Management, Volunteer Engagement, Communication, Human Resources and Information & Technology.

Remember - these are "Members Only" Resources, you must log in to see these resources.  Click here for more information about how to log in.  


 What do you think of the new format?

Love it? Hate it? Didn't notice a difference?

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