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From the National Council of Nonprofits
Effective Friday, Dec. 26, new rules from the federal Office of Management and Budget make clear that governments at all levels — local, state and federal — entering into written agreements with nonprofits to deliver services to the public have an affirmative duty to pay their fair share of the costs that those nonprofits incur.
Specifically, the OMB Uniform Guidance requires pass-through entities — typically states and local governments receiving federal funding — and all federal agencies to reimburse nonprofits for some or all of their indirect costs.
“The changes promised by the new rules are a major victory for people who depend on nonprofits every day,” said Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits.
“If properly implemented, the new rules will finally end the harmful practice of governments, including those at the state and local levels, imposing artificially low limits on the reimbursement of indirect costs that nonprofits must incur when delivering services on behalf of governments.
“Those arbitrary caps have essentially forced charitable nonprofits to subsidize government.” See full statement from the National Council of Nonprofits.
QuickBooks Made Easy -- 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30 -- is a two-part training sponsored by HANO designed for those new to QuickBooks as well as advanced users. Location: HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, Ewa Room, 1226 College Walk, Honolulu.
Part 1: Essentials -- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- includes an overview of the software updates included in the QuickBooks 2014 & 2013 Editions, the basics of setting up and entering transactions specifically for nonprofits, and advanced topics including: setting up the correct accounts; entering your programs; adding your annual budget; entering your outside payroll; creating reports for the board; creating reports for your accountant; tracking your members and donors; tracking grants, pledges and dues; year-end acknowledgments; what's new for 2014 and 2013; tracking potential donors in the new Lead Center; a new Calendar that includes appointments and to-dos; attaching scan documents; using the new Report Center; cutting and pasting lists from Excel into QuickBooks; updating to the latest version; comparing the On-Line Edition to the Desktop Version; the new search feature; and more.
Part 2: Advanced -- 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- is more intense, for those who want to learn more than just the essentials. Includes topics such as: tracking special fundraising events; printing personalized donor thank-you letters directly from QuickBooks; two ways to get year-end donor- acknowledgements; finding bank reconciliation outages; recording in-kind contributions; customizing forms; memorizing repeating transactions; auto-recording membership dues; tracking volunteers; advanced budgeting by grant or program; advanced method of auto-allocating expenses to programs or grants; and more.
Click HERE to register. Cost of the full program is $169, but early registration before March 30 is $149 for the full-day session. For Part 1 only, the cost is $120; for Part 2 only, $109. Additional attendees for the all-day session are $120 each.
From Nonprofit Quarterly
The Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics recently discovered that an unauthorized party or parties have accessed the Form 990 Online and e-Postcard filing systems for nonprofit organizations. This unauthorized access affected nonprofit users of IRS Forms 990, 990-EZ and the 990-N e-postcard. In addition, it affected users of Form 8868 extensions and filings for charitable organizations in Hawaii, Michigan and New York.
"We regret to inform you that the username, first and last name, email address, IP address, phone number and password associated with your nonprofit organization were compromised in this incident," wrote Elizabeth Boris, director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute.
"Once we discovered the attack, we contacted IRS and made every effort to secure the systems and user accounts," she wrote. We are working with law enforcement agencies as they conduct an investigation. In addition, we have retained a leading cybersecurity firm to help us analyze the situation and strengthen security.
"If you use the same password for your organization’s Form 990 Online and e-Postcard that you do for other websites or applications, we strongly encourage you to change it immediately in each of those instances, as well as on these systems."
To change your password on the Form 990, click HERE.
To change your password on the e-Postcard, click HERE.
To enhance security, all users accessing the Form 990 Online and e-Postcard systems are required to change their passwords upon logging in – or when they logged in most recently, Boris wrote.
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Your Membership Is Important: The more nonprofit members HANO has the more effective the Alliance can be on their behalf. To learn more about HANO and to apply for membership, joining more than 270 Hawaii nonprofits who are already members, click HERE.
TRY HANO's Job Bank
Hire the Best; Find a New Job: HANO's powerful online Job Bank brings Hawaii nonprofit employers and jobseekers together. Employers, post a job or scan candidate resumes. Job hunters, post your resume for FREE and let jobs find you. Check it out − click HERE.
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Let HANO Assist You: We can bring workshops like board governance, budgeting, fund development and advocacy to your nonprofit. We also facilitate conversations and planning sessions and provide other services. For details, click HERE.