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How do I know I’m getting reliable nonprofit information online?

Q: I’m trying to submit my annual report, but the website is asking me to pay for an annual subscription. What’s going on? A: We’ve all become more aware of the dangers of misinformation. Unfortunately, the nonprofit sector is not exempt from scams, rumors, and false statements. Below are a few simple ways you can judge a website’s trustworthiness. Check the URL URL stands for Uniform Resource Located, also known as the web address. Look at the address bar at the top of your web browser. Like checking the house number before you ring the doorbell, noticing at the web […]

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Health Insurance Options for Small Nonprofits

Q: We have fewer than 5 employees. How can we provide health insurance benefits for them? A: Many of us have health on our minds. The health insurance market is confusing, so I asked three experts for their advice: Ron SchmidAccount Executive – Employee BenefitsConover Insurance Chris FountasVice President of Client ServicesNonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc. Robert RicciardelliRegional HR ConsultantTriNet With pressure on nonprofit staff higher than ever, conscientious organizations are looking for better ways to care for their people. Chris Fountas of Nonstop points out that employer-sponsored health insurance benefits boost recruitment, healthy organizational culture, and employee retention. […]

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How Do We Recruit More Diverse Candidates?

Q: We have a unique job posting and are looking to broaden our reach. Any insights or recommendations for outlets to post to would be greatly appreciated. A: Washington Nonprofits recently hired for several positions. We wanted to broaden our reach and recruit diverse candidates. With that intention in mind, we published job postings in community-based publications around Washington state. We ran ads in Black Lens News, The Fig Tree, and South Seattle Emerald. Community-specific publications can be great ways to reach candidates from diverse populations and show your support for their community. Abby Engers, writing for Mac’s List, encourages […]

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E-Filing IRS Form 990

Q: Help! It’s tax season and our nonprofit is e-filing with the IRS for the first time. What do we do? A: Thanks to the pandemic, many nonprofits have filed for an extension to complete their 990s for 2020.* Most nonprofits are now required to file their 990 annual tax form electronically (for fiscal years ending after July 2020). If you mailed in a paper form last year, you likely received a letter from the IRS informing you of this change. Small organizations may file the 990-EZ or the Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (also known as the Postcard). 990-EZ filers […]