As a non-profit are you categorizing your fundraising expenses accurately? These expenses should relate to the non-profits classification as specified with the IRS. It is a key tool to establish proper policy and procedure guidelines to ensure those supporting the non-profit organization are following the required guidelines.
"Fundraising expenses are defined as a subgroup of a nonprofit's supporting activities expenses. This functional expense classification is used for the fundraising activities including fundraising campaigns, mailings for funds from supporters, and other solicitations for contributions. It may also include an allocated portion of the executive director's salary and benefits plus other management and general expenses."
In addition, a non-profit should be reporting funds by functions - what does that mean? For a not-for-profit organization, the reporting of expenses by function means the statement of activities will report expenses according to the following functional classifications: 1) each of its major programs, and 2) the supporting services which are a) management and general, b) fund-raising, and c) membership development.
Just as there is a high rate of failure among business startups, charities can go under just as quickly. That's why founders of new charities and existing organizations must think long and hard about the how, why, where, and when. Below are just a few common mistakes tips business owners should avoid.
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