Fiscal Strategies for
How Community Groups Can
Effectively Operate in Today’s
What are the top 2 challenges/
concerns facing your nonprofit?
NPCC’s member survey in Summer 2005 showed that
83% had fundraising/funding as a top concern.
Top 10 Challenges Facing Members*
1. Funding / Fundraising
2. Board Development / Governance 21%
3. Staffing 17%
4. Growth and Expansion 14%
5. Planning and Capacity Building 10%
6. Marketing and PR 8%
7. Space / Facilities 7%
8. Membership Development / Retention 6%
9. Program Improvement 5%
10. Political / Regulatory Environment 5%
* Each respondent was
asked to name two.
Seth Godin’s book,
Tribes, challenges the reader to
think about whether a small,
loyal group (think: funders) is
better than a large, diffuse
What do you think?
Seth Godin is the bestselling author of ten
books, including The Purple Cow, and Small is
the New Big.
He writes about marketing, the spread of ideas
and managing both customers and employees
with respect. Frequently, he includes nonprofit
First organization to join NPCC with
“Councilman Jackson” as the referral
-from his website sethgodin.com
will receive a copy of this book!
Too many nonprofits?
Also known as, your competition.
# of registered nonprofits with IRS
Nassau, 5,178 Suffolk, 3,978
Total in NYC area: Total in New York State:
IRS approved 54,969
new 501(c)3 nonprofit
applications in 2008
across the nation.
I won’t even talk of the economy…
(You’ve heard it all before)
First of all, make sure you file
your Form 990 with the IRS!
Gross receipts File Form
≤ $25,000 990-N
> $25,000 & < $1 million, & 990-EZ or 990
Total assets <$2.5 million
≥ $1 million or 990
Total assets ≥ $2.5 million
For 2008 tax year.
Filed in 2009 or 2010.
Workshop on Fundraising is about
Get the Board The deeper
involved connection to the
donor, the greater the
gifts from that donor.
to be the greatest
source of giving and
More about fundraising
Get 100% giving Think about local
from Board – Businesses
Ask your Board to – Friends
make your nonprofit – Friends of friends
one of their top 3 - 5
– Who else in
become a friend?
Q: What’s better?
Receiving a $5,000 grant
Saving $5,000 in expenses?
Look into organizations like
NPCC to help cut costs.
Use NPCC discount Spend less on
programs (see red administrative costs
folders) so more goes to
NPCC, Idealist, NYNP)
What about rising health care costs?
NYS law prohibits association-type health plans
– nonprofits should NOT want one.
Look into employee leasing programs (Research
Foundation at CUNY)
TASC through American Corporate Benefits
(www.Acbi.com) does offer a discount to NPCC
Resources for Nonprofits
Capacity Building database
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Free Legal Resources
Lawyers Alliance for New York
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Pro Bono Partnership
Free Technology Resources
– Free web design & hosting
www.nycharities.org OR www.paypal.com for donations
– Free online donation & event registrations
www.facebook.com & www.twitter.com
– Free Web tools to promote your nonprofit
– Look up any nonprofits’ Form 990
– Software of all kinds for huge discount
www.salesforce.com (or www.salesforcefoundation.org)
– Database; nonprofits can receive 10 free licenses
NPCC resources not in packets
– Service that alerts you of city, state & Fed grant opportunities
Who Does What? Database
– Nonprofit technical assistance providers
How to Read the Form 990
Salary & Benefits Surveys (need NPCC membership to access)
New York Times Company Nonprofit
Membership Outreach & IT Director
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
(212) 502-4191 ext. 30
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