Who Really Owns Art: Legal Guide to Art Collecting

    By: Christian Tom What laws govern the ownership of artistic work? There have been numerous cases brought to court in the past few decades regarding the subject of legal title of artwork. One of the most famous and public cases was the Republic of Austria v. Altmann, in which the plaintiff, Maria [...]

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      Private Foundations and Self – Dealing

      Private foundations enjoy the benefit of being tax exempt but often face more restrictions and scrutiny than public charities. Green Hasson Janks Principal Lauren Haverlock takes an in-depth look at one of the most rigid restrictions for private foundations – self dealing. Click here to download [...]

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        Nonprofit Compensation

        By: Blair Howard (Intern, Green Hasson Janks) and Lauren Haverlock (Principal, Green Hasson Janks) Managing executive compensation for the highest paid executives in any company can be difficult, but it becomes much more complex when discussing tax-exempt organizations. Not only must a nonprofit [...]

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          Charity Navigator

          By: Diane Hernandez The record-setting stock market performance and increase in housing prices has enabled the United States economy to grow largely in recent years. This underlying trend, and an increase in a much larger diverse and intellectual population, has given rise to the financial health [...]

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            How Nonprofits can do More With Less

            By: Justin Wedell (guest blogger, Nonprofit Empowerment Program, Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation) For anyone even tangentially involved in the world of nonprofits, doing more with less has probably been a common motif throughout your experience. To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with efficiency [...]

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              Encore Fellows to the Rescue for Nonprofits

              By: Judy Bamberger (Guest Blogger, Encore Fellows Program Manager, Social Venture Partners) Over the next decade, the population over age 65 will increase dramatically from 10 percent to 25 percent. How can society take advantage of these extensive skills, knowledge and life experiences? In [...]

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                Five Secrets For Volunteer Success

                By: Karen Baker (Chief Service Officer, State of California and CaliforniaVolunteers) Volunteers are a great resource of additional people that can help a nonprofit fulfill its mission — they represent time, talent, and treasure. When I recently spoke at the Green Hasson Janks 2015 Nonprofit [...]

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                  Emerging Trends in Child Welfare

                  By: Ritchie Geisel (Guest blogger, Bienvenidos Children’s Center) Southern California nonprofit social service agencies have faced many challenges in recent years, beginning with funding cuts resulting from the Great Recession and California’s budget crisis — many of which have yet to be restored. [...]

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                    Tackling “the impact question”

                    By Jennifer Shen (Partner and Co-Founder, Blue Garnet) How many times have you heard the word “impact” or “outcomes” this week? We’re betting quite a few — we’d even say they’re buzzwords of the year. In fact, at the recent 2015 Green Hasson Janks Nonprofit Conference, the discussion touched on [...]

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                      2015 Nonprofit Conference Overview

                      By: Diane Hernandez (Associate, Green Hasson Janks) The Green Hasson Janks 2015 Nonprofit Conference was a huge success, thanks to the knowledge and insights shared by each of the panelists and guest speakers. The theme this year was “The nonprofit leaders’ journey from ordinary to extraordinary: [...]

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                        Bipartisanship Over Taxes Does Exist!

                        By: Richard Ruvelson I am taking this opportunity to pass on information gleaned from the Nonprofit Law Prof blog dated July 13, 2015. It is reassuring to know that, even during contentious times at the beginning of a presidential-election campaign, bipartisanship still exists. This particular blog [...]

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                          FASB exposure draft – how to make a comment

                          By Margaret Karren On April 22 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued an exposure draft which would significantly change the existing not-for-profit financial reporting model. Comments are due by August 20, 2015. I decided to try making a comment to see how the process worked. I [...]

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                            FASB Exposure

                            By Margaret Karren The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued an exposure draft for the presentation of financial statements of not-for-profit entities. The comment period ends on August 20, 2015, public roundtables will occur in September and October 2015, and the FASB board [...]

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                              Marketing Your Nonprofit to Donors Through Advocacy

                              By: Larry Kaplan, Nonprofit Consultant, Larry Kaplan Consulting Last month, I was featured in Green Hasson Janks' panel discussion on marketing your nonprofit to donors. Some of you might wonder why an advocacy specialist would be on a panel about marketing and fundraising. Simple – advocacy is a [...]

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                                Marketing 101 for Nonprofits

                                By: Laurel Mintz, Founder & CEO, Elevate My Brand As a nonprofit you wear many many hats. Some hats are organizational, some hats are fundraising. The one hat that is usually missing or terribly frayed is marketing. As discussed at Green Hasson Janks' December 2nd nonprofit workshop, marketing [...]

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                                  Trying to Get Your Board to the Next Level?

                                  By: Margaret Karren I often hear Executive Directors say that they have board members who aren’t living up to their expectations or they are having trouble recruiting new members. If this sounds like your organization consider forming a Governance Committee. The core responsibilities of this [...]

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                                    Insights and Perspectives from a New Board Member

                                    By: Pratish Patel On Tuesday, February 18, I had the privilege of attending the workshop “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Path to a High-Performing Board,” which was hosted by my very own firm Green Hasson Janks. I am an Audit Associate at Green Hasson Janks and have been with the firm for just [...]

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                                      Too Much Partying: Tea and Otherwise

                                      By: Richard Ruvelson Former Commissioner of Internal Revenue Mark Everson met with a group of Green Hasson Janks clients and tax personnel on Wednesday August 7, 2013. Everson currently serves as the Vice Chairman of alliantgroup, a national tax consulting firm that works closely with businesses [...]

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                                        Fraud in the Nonprofit Sector

                                        By: Margaret Karren While attending the 2013 AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference this past week in Washington D.C., I learned some interesting facts and statistics about employees committing fraud in the nonprofit sector. A typical fraud in a nonprofit organization is for $100,000. Billing [...]

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                                          Buy More Cookies!

                                          By: Margaret Karren Anna Maria Chavez from the Girl Scouts of the USA kicked off the Not-For-Profit Conference as the keynote speaker. Her topic "The Full Slate - The Economic Imperative of Leveraging the Full Potential of Women in the Modern Workforce". Ms. Chavez spoke of the great history and [...]

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                                            Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

                                            By: Richard Ruvelson I wanted to expand upon a topic that I covered during our last Nonprofit Workshop, on February 19th. The IRS has expanded upon it’s Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) for organizations wanting to reclassify workers as employees for future tax periods and has [...]

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                                              “Makers: Women Who Make America”

                                              By Margaret Karren Congratulations to Faye Washington of YWCA Greater Los Angeles. Ms. Washington was named as a Southern California Champion on the PBS airing of “Makers: Women Who Make America”. Check out this link to share in Ms. Washington’s vision and see her great accomplishment of the [...]

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                                                OMB Proposed Guidance

                                                By: Margaret Karren After much talk during 2012, there is hope for reform of A-133 audits. The proposed changes will increase the efficiency and eliminate unnecessary requirements. OMB Proposed Guidance On January 31, 2013, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued for a 90 day comment [...]

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                                                  Form 990 Core Form Instructions Released

                                                  By: Richard Ruvelson While many tax-exempt organizations have been concerned about the provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, there are some other tax “reporting” issues that I want to remind tax-exempt organizations to consider over the next few weeks. Form 990 Since the 2012 [...]

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