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Smart Marketing: Nonprofit Newsletters, Seminars & Website

All nonprofits can benefit from smart and targeted outreach to donors and potential donors. This is especially true when donors are increasingly demanding more options when giving. Long gone are the days when nonprofits can simply ask donors to write a check. Rather, current and potential donors want a wide menu of choices when it […]


Nonprofit Document Drafting: 2 Common Problems to Avoid

Forming a new nonprofit can involve a lot of organization and decision making. There are some essentials you need to put in place, including two important documents—articles of incorporation and bylaws. I would be remiss if I didn’t delve into a couple of mistakes I often run across when reviewing nonprofits’ articles and bylaws. DIY […]


Avoiding Merger Missteps

You’re not imaging things if it seems like nonprofit charitable organizations are popping up like sweet corn in the summer. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, more than 1.5 million nonprofits were registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2015—an increase of 10.4% from 2005. Is this a good thing? On the […]


Make a Nonprofit Merger Happen

At times nonprofits that share highly similar missions, goals, and the like can be consolidated to maximize impact. So, in Iowa, what’s the process of a legal merger between two nonprofits? Definition of Terms: What’s a Merger Like many legal terms, the word “merger” is capable of multiple definitions. A merger can mean an asset […]


Estate Planning Basics: What You Need to Know, but Were too Bored to Ask

I KEEP six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.– Rudyard Kipling I’ll use all six “serving men”—what, why, when, how, where, and who, albeit sometimes in slightly different order—to explain three broad topics: (1) estate planning; (2) trusts; and […]


3 Ways to Use Your Retirement Benefit Plans to Help Your Favorite Charities

Much of Iowans’ wealth can be found in retirement benefit accounts, like IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and so on. Funds from retirement benefit plans can be easy and tax-savvy ways for you to support your favorite causes and organizations! IRA Charitable Rollover The Individual Retirement Account (IRA) charitable rollover allows individuals aged 70.5 years of age […]