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December 3, 2015

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In the Issue

  1. Message from Janice
  2. State of the Sector
  3. Training
  4. We're Hiring!
  5. Your Events
  6. New and Renewing Members
  7. Grant Opportunities
  8. Job Board

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IRS Gift Substantiation - A Critical Call to Action Today

Encouragement from Janice Fulkerson, Executive Director

Do you want to collect, store and report donor social security numbers? My answer is “No way!”

The IRS has proposed a new rule that would encourage nonprofits to collect SSNs and report them along with the amount of donation(s) to the IRS. While the proposed regulations is voluntary, it creates an opportunity for a permanent rule in the future. The rule permits charitable nonprofits to file a separate new information return with the IRS by February 28 every year to substantiate contributions of more than $250 in value. At the same time, nonprofits taking this option would also be required to provide a copy of the IRS report to each donor listed (only with the information related to that specific donor). This is all in addition to the annual 990 filing. Wow.

This proposal is fraught with issues for the nonprofit sector and creates real legal concerns.

  • It is contradictory. The IRS advises taxpayers on its website to only give out their SSN when it is absolutely necessary.
  • Many nonprofits, who operate on tight margins already, cannot bear the added administrative costs of the reporting.
  • The security and privacy risks in collecting and protecting Social Security information increase dramatically for both the donor and the nonprofit. 

The impact of the proposed rule on charitable giving and donor relationships would be devastating. What can you do? The IRS is taking comments through December 16th 2015. Click here, right now and leave your comment on the proposed regulation. It takes 10 minutes or less and worth every minute.

Thank you!


2016 State of the Sector

Your Voice is Important! 

We want to hear from you. What are your organizations strengths? What are your needs? Where can we make a difference for you? Please participate in the State of the Sector survey today and tell us how you are doing.

This is an annual survey we conduct in collaboration with four other states – Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Montana – to gain a comprehensive look at the nonprofit sector across the region. It helps us better understand strengths and challenges, and provides important information that helps us better meet your needs here in Idaho.

We are committed to using this information to discover ways we can improve the resources and the environment for all nonprofits. Be assured your contact information and answers will remain strictly confidential – only the trends that surface from the survey will be reported. Here is a link to the 2015 State of the Sector report.

Need an incentive to complete the survey? Ten responders who complete the survey will be randomly chosen to receive a $10 gift card.

Click here to take the survey and thank you!

For questions call one of our great team members at the Idaho Nonprofit Center at 208-424-2229.

Training Just For You

When Does Your Event Become Special?

What and when does your event become ‘special?’ You’ll be surprised to learn it takes very little to ramp up the risks. This session is essential for organizations hosting any type of special event – large or small!

Spend one hour with Doug Colwell, HD Insurance and learn how to reduce the liability and risk to your organization when hosting events.You may attend in person (Boise) or from your desk via webinar.

What: When Does your Event Become Special?

Expert: Doug Colwell, HD Insurance

When: Thursday, December 10th, 12:00 noon -1 pm MT / 11:00 am - 12:00 noon PT Cost: Free for all. 15 person maximum at the Idaho Nonprofit Center and 100 person maximum in webinar attendees - Register now!

In-Person Attendee: Main floor, Idaho Nonprofit Center Conference room, 5257 W. Fairview Ave, Suite 260, Boise

Webinar Attendee: The webinar link will be sent to your e-mail address a week before the training date.

Save the date and plan to attend a one day training symposium coming in March. We are taking two of the highly requested speakers from the September conference on the road. Steven Shattuck, and Roderick Campbell are going to deliver a road show training extravaganza! 

Topics will include Idaho Gives, digital donor retention, how to retain millennials, social media impact, and how to be successful in an online giving campaign! The regional symposium dates are:

Mar 1: Meridian
Mar 2: Twin Falls
Mar 3: Idaho Falls
Mar 9: Coeur d’Alene

To explore and sign up for more exciting training opportunities visit our upcoming trainings webpage!

We're Hiring!

The Idaho Nonprofit Center is hiring a Development Director. If you are interested, in becoming part of the Idaho Nonprofit Center team, visit the Job Board for more details.

Do you have an event coming up and want to post it on the Idaho Nonprofit Center Calendar?

Visit our website for more information, to view the calendar and add your and event.  

Welcome New Members!

  • Southwest Idaho Performance Art Association
  • Institute for the Study of Violence in Society
  • PEER Wellness Center, Inc.
  • GetSetInc
  • Sweet/Montour Syringa Club
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Happy Anniversary to our Renewing Members!

  • Idaho Diaper Bank
  • Idaho Falls School District #91 Education Foundation
  • Gateway Habitat for Humanity
  • Snake River Animal Shelter Idaho Falls
  • The Collins Group - Affiliate Member

Featured Grant

Idaho Botanical Gardens Lunaria Grant Program

The Idaho Botanical Garden Lunaria Grant Program was established to encourage and cultivate horticulture and related educational projects, the Lunaria Grant Program will fund horticulture—based projects within the State of Idaho. 2016 Grant guidelines include:
  • Project needs to be within the State of Idaho
  • Application received between November 1, 2015 – February 5, 2016
  • Primary purpose of the project is botanical, horticulture, and/or plant-based education
  • The project demonstrates high degree of impact in the community. For example, the project highlights collaboration, conserves natural resources, or reaches a significant educational or public audience.
  • Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools are eligible to apply. IBG’s Lunaria Grant Program will fund horticulture-based projects within the State of Idaho.
For more information please visit the following:

Please visit the Grant Opportunities page on our website for information about additional available grants. 

Job Board

Job Board listings - details here

  • Operations Assistant, Treasure Valled Education Partnership
  • Marketing VISTA, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Director Annual Campaign, Idaho Youth Ranch
  • Senior Director of Development, Idaho Humane Society
  • Development Director, Idaho Nonprofit Center
  • Program Director, Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley
  • PTV Underwriter Account Executive, Idaho Public Television
  • Food Service Training & Job Placement Manager, Create Common Good
  • Operations Manager, Teton Regional Land Trust
  • Finance Administrator, Discovery Center of Idaho
  • Advocacy Manager, Winter Wildlands Alliance

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