Last year was a year of strategic planning for Organic Growers Society – not so much to reinvent themselves but to sketch the next steps in the organization’s evolution starting from 10 big questions.
Strategic planning is not a flat process with a box to check when the plan is written; it’s implementing, revisiting, and realigning that plan to drive our work, commitment, and missions.
The past two years have been dedicated time for the Center to Walk the Talk on equity, diversity, and inclusion in North Carolina and in the nonprofit sector. We’ve come a long way and continue our journey both following and forging the path ahead.
By now, most nonprofits understand that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the standard deduction so most Americans don’t itemize their deductions and don’t get a federal tax break when they donate to nonprofits. There are still ways to reach the donors who care and contribute.
An overwhelming number of HR executives believe that within the next few years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will work next to humans in their organizations, especially to recruit and train.
There are many ways to foster a workplace where employees experience a true work-life balance. North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s Guide to Family Forward Workplaces outlines family-friendly practices (and examples) that support both employers and employees.
As the NC General Assembly tentatively plans to conclude its 2019 session at the end of this month, here are status updates on a variety of pending nonprofit proposals and predictions for how legislators may act on these bills during the remainder of this year’s session and the spring 2020 short session.
As executive directors or board nominating committee chairs, we sometimes ‘sell’ the notion that being a board member is an easy assignment. Stop this wayward thinking! Governing a nonprofit is important business that deserves a high-functioning board.
You can't order a pizza and only offer to pay for the ingredients. However, funders can give to a nonprofit and only allow the funds to be used for specific programs. It's time nonprofits approach funding for more unrestricted support.
In this year's budget, legislators doled out more than $117 million to 207 nonprofits, a big increase in special nonprofit appropriations over the last two years. Are these earmarks a positive or negative development for the nonprofit sector? The answer is: A little of both!
Are association health plans the right answer for nonprofits's health care challenges? The answer is not simple and requires an analysis of both operational and mission-related considerations for nonprofits.
When your organization wants or needs to make a public statement or take a stand on a controversial issue, speaking up – or not speaking at all – is more complicated than meets the eye.
Diversity and inclusion means recognizing and embracing our differences at all levels. It means acknowledging our biases and engaging in authentic and courageous conversations. How can nonprofits step up, start conversations, and begin the work?
At least 64 of the 1,414 bills that have been filed in the NC House of Representatives and NC Senate thus far in 2019 affect the nonprofit sector. Many other bills would affect individual nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve. Keep up with the proposals that might affect your work.
Possibly the “Mother” of community development in North Carolina, Fannie Mae Corbett helped lead and inspire so many others in the difficult work of community economic development. We're taking the time at the Center to hold Miss Corbett up as a leader in our midst.
The new tax law nearly doubled the federal standard deduction, making itemizing deductions unnecessary for 95% of Americans. While the charitable deduction is only one of many reasons that people donate to nonprofits, the higher standard deduction inevitably means that many North Carolinians will give less than they have in the past. Nonprofits are advocating for common sense tax policy changes that would fix this unintended consequence.
For decades, lawmakers in the majority party in the North Carolina General Assembly (regardless of which party has been in power) have used the redistricting process as an opportunity to "gerrymander" districts to keep their party in power. This could finally be the year that legislators decide to take politics out of the redistricting process.
Most 501(c)(3) nonprofits in North Carolina are exempt from most state and local taxes. Nonprofit tax-exemption isn't merely a handout or an anachronism, but rather is part of an important social compact.
State legislatures around the country are considering significant changes to their sales tax laws this year. If North Carolina follows this trend, there are four possible sales tax changes that could have a significant impact on nonprofits
When NC legislators prepare for their 2019 session in January, they'll consider a wide range of policy proposals affecting the nonprofit sector, including the Center's predictions for four major state policy issues that will affect North Carolina's nonprofit setor this year.
The message Center President & CEO Jeanne Tedrow heard most often on her travels across North Carolina in 2018 was the need for relevant services to help nonprofits. Read about some of the solutions and new programs the Center is launching in 2019.
In North Carolina, we are fortunate to have a robust network of nonprofits providing essential services to every part of our community. Not only do nonprofits impact the people who live in our communities, but they also help build and support the culture and economy.
Center President & CEO Jeanne Tedrow shares our work, challenges, and opportunities from our first-year journey on Walking the Talk: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in NC Nonprofits.
Professional Coach Sackeena Gordon-Jones says, life happens but resilience helps us hurdle adversities. She emphasizes that being resilient is a conscious decision and outlines how to focus on it, enhance it, and keep the ‘fire in our bellies.’
Over the last year and looking into the next, Center President & CEO Jeanne Tedrow has a great sense of gratitude, optimism, and anticipation. Share her hindsight, insight, and foresight.
Zulayka Santiago shares her experience, thoughts, and discussion around racial equity after a viewing party with her staff colleagues of one of the Center's Walking the Talk webinars.
Imagine that you are driving in an unfamiliar city and you happen upon a mural that you simply must stop to see. You pull over, park your car and get out, and pull out your phone to snap a picture. In your periphery, you see a group of young men walking towards you. What do you do? No matter your response, chances are your initial reaction will be influenced by what is known as unconscious bias. Unconscious bias, sometimes called implicit bias, refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.
On December 22, President Donald Trump signed into law a tax reform plan (H.R. 1) that cuts individual and corporate income tax rates and makes a variety of other changes to the Internal Revenue Code. Several parts of the tax plan affect the work of nonprofits.
If you are involved with a North Carolina nonprofit, you’ve probably heard from the Center in recent weeks (probably more frequently that you would like!) encouraging you to take action to protect the Johnson Amendment. Based upon the high volume of calls, tweets, and letter signers from North Carolina (more than any other state!), it’s clear that many nonprofit staff and board members are legitimately concerned about the potential politicization of our sector. However, it is certainly reasonable for some nonprofit leaders to question why this change would be such a big deal for their organizations. After all, even if the Johnson Amendment were repealed, nothing would require 501(c)(3) nonprofits to get involved in partisan politics.
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.
New Center President & CEO, Jeanne Canina Tedrow, shares her experience, impressions, and plans following her travels around the state to meet Members, boards of directors, supporters, and sustainers.
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, the keynote speaker for our 2017 NC Nonprofits Conference, explains the "messiness" of the nonprofit sector to someone who doesn't understand the concept, a martian.
Retention of donors is critical and often overlooked, particularly when those donors have come in because of what they see in the news. Here’s what you need to do to keep your donors from fundraising guru Kim Klein.
On May 4, President Trump and leaders in Congress took aim at nonprofit nonpartisanship with a pair of actions that were, in the words of the National Council of Nonprofits, “coordinated, ruthless, and effective.” These moves follow up on President Trump’s February announcement that he intends to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.”
In early 2017, 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 or disorder. 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.
At February’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump announced his plans to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” a long-standing law that prevents charitable nonprofits from engaging in partisan, election-related activities. While the President’s remarks focused on political speech by religious institutions, the underlying law he proposes to eliminate is essential to preserving the integrity of all charitable nonprofits, including food banks, hospices, child care services, hospitals, arts organizations, schools, and affordable housing providers.