Author Archives: Jane Culbert

Last month, the router in my home died. As a result, I spent nearly a week with no internet access in my home. I had no idea how dependent I had become on this mode of doing business until I … Continue reading

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I always look forward to reports that present a statistical summary of the arts in one form or another, so the past few weeks have provided me with a wealth of numbers to contemplate. The first such report that caught … Continue reading

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In recent months, there has been buzz about a change made by the Office of Management and Budget that requires that when any local, state or federal agency contracts with a nonprofit, at least 10% of the contract must fund the nonprofit’s … Continue reading

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…but don’t give away your art. Some say giving away your art diminishes its value. Some say you are not professional if you don’t get paid for your work (“accountants wouldn’t do it“). Others say giving away your art for … Continue reading

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Circus arts have been in the public eye for decades. Most people have seen a traditional touring circus (such as Ringling Brothers Circus) or Chinese acrobats in a theater. But did you know that circus arts have evolved and are … Continue reading

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A recent Nonprofit Quarterly headline caught my eye. It was an article discussing a topic that I know is germane to many nonprofits each year as they move through their annual budgeting process – how much profit does a nonprofit need? This is a … Continue reading

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As I have mentioned in previous On Our Minds, nonprofits are under increasing scrutiny by donors and funders. One way donors and funders exercise this scrutiny is by reviewing an organization’s Form 990, which is now readily available through organizations … Continue reading

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Last month, the IRS released the names of over 275,000 organizations that have lost their nonprofit status by virtue of not filing the appropriate annual tax returns. Almost half of these organizations have been defunct for years, but there are … Continue reading

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Nonprofits are subject to ever increasing scrutiny from both institutional and individual donors, many of whom are equipped with online resources that evaluate their operational effectiveness. I recently listened to Network for Good’s interesting webinar on this topic entitled “Uncharitable?”. … Continue reading

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Most readers of this newsletter are probably well aware that the IRS has changed reporting requirements for nonprofit organizations, including new requirements for small organizations (budgets under $5,000) to file an annual 990-N report. I was startled when I read … Continue reading

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