The leaves are starting to turn, which means it’s time to prepare for the home stretch of 2019, including the drives for year-end fundraising and budgeting for 2020. That’s why this issue of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters offers a rundown of some fun (and free/low-cost!) tools your nonprofit can add to its fundraising efforts and a change in federal law that may affect your 2020 budget. This issue also highlights free access you have to data on your local nonprofit community and several webinars that can advance your work.
How New Overtime Pay Rule May Affect Your Nonprofit
The U.S. Department of Labor just released its Overtime Final Rule, putting new regulations in place regarding who, effective January 1, 2020, must be paid overtime and who will be exempt. The rule adjusts the salary level test, part of a three-part test for determining when white-collar workers are exempt or must be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours in a week. It is estimated that the new rules will affect seven percent of the nonprofit workforce. To help nonprofits prepare, we developed these free resources for you:
Nonprofit Fundraising Gadgets and Widgets
If your nonprofit wants some fun fundraising tools that move past the standard “donate now” page, we've got some ideas for you! From accessing DAFs (donor advised funds) to cryptocurrency to live-event fundraising, there are free and low-cost tools that can add to your nonprofit’s fundraising mix this giving season. You don’t need to be an IT expert either. These tools are easy for your nonprofit to start using right away.
How Does Your State Stack Up?
We’re grateful for your enthusiastic response to our new national report, Nonprofit Impact Matters: How America’s Charitable Nonprofits Strengthen Communities and Improve Lives. We’re equally excited about the energetic reaction to the microsite that accompanies the report, especially the state-specific information. The interactive map provides quick access to state-by-state data and links on the size and scope of the nonprofit community in each state. And, in most states, there are also links to state-level reports on nonprofits, local nonprofit job boards and salary surveys, and more resources.
When expressing their thanks for these new resources, some people have shared how they are using the information. We’re curious: how are you using the report and data? Please let us know so we can capture your ideas and share them so others might benefit.
Nonprofit Knowledge Nuggets
Free Webinars on Including People with Disabilities
Celebrating Partners Offering Pro Bono Services
Every year, countless nonprofits benefit from the expertise shared by pro bono professionals. October 20-26 is a week to celebrate those volunteers who help us advance our missions. So, if your nonprofit has been the beneficiary of pro bono service in the past, send out some special #ProBonoWeek thanks to those partners who helped advance your mission. And, in celebration, our friends at Taproot Foundation are hosting a series of free webinars on pro bono assistance and how your nonprofit can benefit.
Upcoming Webinar to Learn About Nonprofit and Government Accounting Rules
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) are teaming up for a webcast on November 1 about changes to accounting standards. The webinar is targeted toward those who teach accounting or those doing accounting work with nonprofits or governments, so some familiarity with accounting standards is recommended. Learn more and register for the webinar on accounting rules.
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