The Overhead Myth: The idea that you can reasonably evaluate a nonprofit’s performance and trustworthiness by only looking at how much they spend (or don't spend) on overhead, including operating costs, administrative expenses and technology costs.

A message from the Center's new President/CEO, Jeanne Tedrow.

This fall, Congress is in the process of rewriting the Internal Revenue Code with the dual goals of lowering individual and corporate income tax rates and simplifying our nation’s tax laws. This tax overhaul has major implications for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

Joan Garry will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 NC Nonprofits Conference, Embracing Uncertainty, September 13-15 in Concord.  She’ll also present a concurrent session entitled “How to Create a Five-Star Elevator Pitch.”  You don’t want to miss her, so act now to register before rates go up September 7. The Center interviewed her in anticipation of her visit to North Carolina, and this is what she had to say.

We’ve all heard of the fundraising success of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, but even far less well known organizations have experienced a dramatic surge in giving. Those organizations working most directly for immigration rights or reproductive justice are, for the most part, doing very well. However, all organizations – and particularly those receiving an influx of new donors – must quickly figure out how to properly steward these donors so that they become long-term supporters and people engaged in the work in other ways.

Earlier this year, the Center organized a series of Nonprofit Town Hall meetings around the state. These meetings – in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Jacksonville, Research Triangle Park, and Asheville – gave nonprofits an opportunity to connect with elected officials, learn about nonprofit sector trends and policy issues, and share their concerns about how the current political climate may affect their organizations.

Workers’ compensation in North Carolina provides medical treatment and wage replacement payments for employees who become injured in an on-the-job accident or develop a job-related disease. The goal of the workers’ compensation system is to return injured employees back to work as quickly as possible. It’s an important program, especially for small nonprofits. Here are five important reasons why nonprofit organizations need workers’ comp in North Carolina.

The current law on nonpartisanship is a major reason why charitable nonprofits are safe havens from politics, a place where North Carolinians from across the political spectrum can come together to actually solve community problems rather than simply posture and attack people with differing viewpoints. Eliminating or restricting this law would have significant negative ramifications for nonprofits, their donors, and the communities that they serve.  Keeping the law the way it is would benefit all 501(c)(3) nonprofits.