Importance of Being Transparent

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Nonprofit organizations must disclose information about their mission-related activities, governance policies, finances, and other practices to a number of audiences, including the IRS, the Attorney General’s office, donors, and the general public.

This presentation includes an overview of legal reporting requirements including an overview of the new IRS form 990 followed by a discussion of the disclosure expectations of donors, other stakeholders, and the general public.

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  • Talk briefly about Council* Accountability Standards main tool for serving both donors and nonprofits* Resources and information to help donors make informed giving decisions* Resources for nonprofits, including the Accountability Wizard review
  • Main tool for serving both donors and nonprofits are the Accountability Standards…
  • Main tool for serving both donors and nonprofits are the Accountability Standards…
  • Main tool for serving both donors and nonprofits are the Accountability Standards…
  • Main tool for serving both donors and nonprofits are the Accountability Standards…
  • Main tool for serving both donors and nonprofits are the Accountability Standards…
  • Main tool for serving both donors and nonprofits are the Accountability Standards…
  • Importance of Being Transparent

    1. 1. The Importance of Being Transparent<br />
    2. 2. About the Council…<br />“Mobilize informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good”<br />Accountability Standards <br />Resources for Donors<br />Resources for Nonprofits<br />
    3. 3. Accountability Standards<br />Reasonable expectation of donors for nonprofits<br />Public Disclosure<br />Governance<br />Financial Activity<br />Fundraising<br />
    4. 4. Public Disclosure<br />Open and transparent communication to your constituents<br />Public Disclosure Standards:<br />Open and transparent reporting of accomplishments, impact & finances<br />Financial audit (required if revenues are greater than $750,000)<br />Complying with legal requirements<br />
    5. 5. Governance<br />Sound practices lead to an effective board<br />Governance Standards:<br />Process – Is the board engaged in assessing progress? (e.g. Diversity and inclusivity assessment)<br />Practices – How is nonprofit governed? (e.g. Board meetings & term limits)<br />Policies – Are policies in place that help ensure transparency? (e.g. Conflict of Interest)<br />
    6. 6. Financial Activity<br />Prudent use of resources & financial stability<br />Financial Activity Standards:<br />Efficient use of resources for program and infrastructure<br />At least 65% to program<br />Financial health based on unrestricted asset trends<br />Reserves no more than 3x annual budget<br />Resources used to advance mission<br />No loans to directors<br />Reimbursement policy<br />
    7. 7. Fundraising<br />Ethical fundraising practices that build trust<br />Fundraising Standards:<br />Solicitations include contact info, use of gift, tax deductibility<br />Donor privacy policy available on website/upon request<br />If professional fundraisers are used or engage in cause-related marketing, information is clear to donors<br />
    8. 8. Accountability Wizard<br />Online assessment tool<br />Assess your nonprofit<br />Align with best practices<br />Public report for donors<br />Benefits include:<br />Strengthen your organization<br />Earn “Meets Standards” seal<br />Stand out from the crowd<br />
    9. 9. Resources<br />How do I start the Accountability Wizard?<br />www.smartgivers.org/for_nonprofits.html<br />Where can I find the Accountability Standards?<br />www.smartgivers.org/AccountabilityStandards09.html<br />Where can I find sample policies?<br />www.smartgivers.org/Model_Documents.html<br />
    10. 10. Thank You!<br />Martin Wera, Program Director<br />Mwera@smartgivers.org | 651-224-7030 x17<br />

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