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Common Ground
A Publication of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits
Why and How to Hire an
Interim Executive Director
Volume XXI, Number 1
Winter 2012
What’s Inside
Give retirement benefits to
your staff
Nonprofit Awareness Month
Are you micromanaged? 3
Three nonprofit stars 4-­‐‑5
Find appropriate funders
A volunteer hero 6
Social media = accountability
Ratios: good, bad, and ugly
Fiscal sponsorship? 9
Legal & legislative
You can do voter guides
Communicate well when
something goes wrong
Your answers, savings, voice and network
Welcome, new Members 15
Join the Center 15
Policy advocacy made easy.
Join us May 29-30
Good Stuff Free 16
Of Special Interest
to Board Members
Affordable retirement plans
Strong board and executive director relationships
2012 Public Policy Forum
eadership change is o en marked with emotion, tension,
and stress. If the director’s departure
is forced, emotions may be particularly
high for staff and board members. Externally, some funders, donors,
and volunteers may take a “wait and
see” approach, pu ing their support on hold. This can put a strain on resources, further taxing your nonprofit.
Research suggests that a skilled
interim executive director (ED) helps
nonprofits to emerge stronger, more fiscally sound, and with higher levels of optimism. She takes the helm and
lays the groundwork for the next
leader’s success by:
Serving as a bridge, giving the board
time to conduct a thoughtful search
Managing the day-to-day by examining the organization objectively, leading
anxious staff, reassuring wary funders,
and keeping finances
and revenue
generation on
Helping the
board clarify
its vision
and future
excellence in
and leadership.
the new
ED once
mind. Your board should determine
what’s most critical to the nonprofit’s
success over the next few months.
Identify urgent issues or challenges
facing your organization.
Review the departing ED’s job description, determine priorities for the
transition, and draft an interim job
Seek an interim ED with solid skills in
management and transitions. This is
more important than familiarity with
your nonprofit or its field of work.
Keep in mind that the assignment is
temporary (usually four to eight
months). The individual shouldn’t be a
candidate for the permanent position.
Realize that, due to the unique demands
of the role, interim EDs are usually paid
higher on an hourly basis than permanent EDs. But, they may be part-time or
receive reduced benefits because of their
temporary status.
Some tips
for hiring an
Jeanie Duncan (left) shares a moment with Ashley Brooks, executive director
interim ED are: of the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro, at the N.C. Center’s confer
Begin with
the end in
ence. Don’t miss your Public Policy Forum for Nonprofits on May 29 and
NC Nonprofits Day at the legislature on May 30!
Photo: JLS Photography
Linking North Carolina’s Nonprofit Sector
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ommon Ground is published quarterly
by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. Our
mission is to enrich North Carolina’s communities
and economy through a strong nonprofit sector
and nonprofit voice. We serve as a statewide network
for nonprofit board and staff members, an information
center on effective practices, and an advocate for the
nonprofit sector as a whole.
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Editor: Sarah Weissberg
Graphic Designer: Caroline McDowell
Contributors: Rachel Aiken, Greg Borom, Rusty
Bramlage, Damon Circosta, Jeanie Duncan, Caroline
McDowell, David Heinen, Melanie Herman, Jane
Kendall, Jan Masaoka, Kivi Leroux Miller, Melissa
Le Roy, Mig Murphy Sistrom, Dennis Walsh, Sarah
Board of Directors
Chair: Tog Newman, N.C. Arts Council and South Arts
Vice Chair: Jane Preyer, Environmental Defense Fund,
N.C. Office
Treasurer: Walker Sanders, Community Foundation
of Greater Greensboro
Secretary: Jane Kendall, N.C. Center for Nonprofits
Juan Austin, Wells Fargo
Allan Burrows, Capital Development Services
Walter Davenport, CPA, and United Way of the
Greater Triangle
Joni Davis, Duke Energy
Loleta Wood Foster, Assessment, Counseling &
Althea Gonzalez, Hispanics in Philanthropy
Melissa Le Roy, U.S. Green Building Council,
SC Chapter
Michael Murchison, Murchison, Taylor & Gibson PLLC
Kelly Williamson, APCO Worldwide
Emily Zimmern, Levine Museum of the New South
Rachel Aiken, Communications Assistant
Charletta Briscoe, Administrative Secretary
Tracy Careyette, Director of Finance
Shameka Harrington, Program Assistant
David Heinen, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Ordelia High, Administrative Secretary
Joye Hodges, Conference and Events Coordinator
Paula Jones, Director of Technology and Administration
Jane Kendall, President
Trisha Lester, Vice President
Sarah Mann Willcox, Marketing Manager
Caroline McDowell, Administrative Assistant
Sandy Pickett, Executive Assistant
Allie Thomson, Development Assistant
Sarah Weissberg, Director of Member Relations
Geia Williams, Member Services Associate
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A Home Run in November
Nonprofit Awareness Month
ovember was Nonprofit Awareness Month. You made it happen with leadership like this:
National Recognition
The National Council of Nonprofits featured North Carolina as the first state to
create a Nonprofit Awareness Month. Other states now use our toolkit and strategies.
Official Proclamations
Governor Bev Perdue issued a proclamation
naming November as Nonprofit Awareness Month (NAM) in North Carolina.
County officials across the state also issued
proclamations. What about your county?
Media and Websites
Our hashtag #npaware trended on Twitter!
Our 476 messages inspired North Carolinians on widespread social networks.
The N.C. Association of Free Clinics and the National Alliance on Mental Illness highlighted NAM on their websites and shared ways to get involved.
The N.C. Community Foundation’s Affiliates wrote letters to their local news editors
commending nonprofits’ untiring work and
the commitment of the community foundations that help support them.
An NCGives news release recognized the vital role of philanthropy and nonprofits.
Nonprofit Gatherings
HandsOn Northwest North Carolina hosted
its annual November Best Practice Breakfast
to celebrate Nonprofit Awareness Month. The Institute for Nonprofits at N.C. State
University hosted a panel discussion on
starting a nonprofit.
The Neuse River Community Development
Corporation hosted a Nonprofit Fair at New
Bern Mall in partnership with the New Bern
Chamber Nonprofit Council just as Belk’s
Charity Event featured 20 area nonprofits.
Nonprofit Awareness Month will come again next November, but our
voices continue all year. Visit www. for tips and
tools. And, as always, keep us posted on your achievements! 
– Caroline McDowell
Caroline McDowell is administrative assistant at the N.C. Center for Nonpro-­‐‑
fits and graphic designer of Common
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N.C. Center for Nonprofits
Clearing the Air
Boards, Executive Directors, and Micromanaging
ords from an executive
ED. So if the board
director: “The board is
packet is sloppily
micromanaging. They’re driving me
put together or the
budget wasn’t conFrom a board member: “Every time trolled last year,
we make a suggestion, the executive
board members
director flies off the handle and step in closer.
accuses us of micromanaging! Aren’t Frequently,
we supposed to be guiding and
individual board
members are all
Wryly, we might say that “microover the map in
management” is whatever the board
terms of what
does that the executive director (ED)
kind of oversight
doesn’t like.
they think is apSay the board is reviewing a budget propriate. And that includes $10,000 for lighting
sometimes there’s
fixtures. Some board members don’t a board member
see the need for new fixtures at all, but who, out of sync
the ED believes it’s important to
with the rest of the
provide a positive environment for
board, wants to
visitors and be er lighting for staff. take every decision
She thinks that equipment purchases
up to the board level.
are staff What to do if you’re on decisions, and
the board? Essential tips:
Board chairs must make
that the board is “When we have
sure the ED isn’t beset with
confidence in someone, micromanaging.
conflicting orders from the
Who is right? we step back and let
board. A simple, temporary If only we had a
them do their job.
solution is for the chair to
measuring stick
be the gatekeeper, deciding
that could make When we lack
what should go to the board
confidence, we step in scientific and what shouldn’t.
closer. And closer. ”
But remember, the chair
The hidden
isn’t the ED’s individual
reason for micromanagement is o en supervisor. The board as a whole
a lack of confidence in the ED. Imagine oversees the ED. So, they should review
the gatekeeper’s decisions as a group.
you’re supervising two grantwriters.
This will help bring the board into
One gives you a great first dra , and alignment about its level of confidence
you say, “Make these two changes
in the ED. The whole board, not any one
and send it off.” The other gives you a board member, “draws the line.”
terrible dra , so you say: “Make these What if you’re the executive changes and let me see the next dra .” director?
These are tricky waters.
She protests: “Why do you want two
these tips if you think you’re
dra s from me but only one from the being
other grantwriter? You’re microman
Ask yourself and the board chair, “Why aging me!”
does the board wonder about my ability
When we have confidence in to lead this organization?”
someone, we step back and let them
Tackle the real issue – such as budget
do their job. When we lack confidence, control – rather than argue over
we step in closer. And closer.
whether purchasing light fixtures is a
Board members typically don’t get
board or a staff decision. Pick your
much direct evidence on whether they
battles and choose ones that are
should gain or lose confidence in the meaningful, not just symptomatic.
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Photo:, Creative Commons
Give the board direct feedback too, by
saying, “I appreciate your confidence
in me as demonstrated by your agreeing
that this was a staff decision,” or
“Are you giving input to help me make a decision or are you saying this is a
board decision?” or “Since you’re questioning what I think is a staff
decision, should we look at the
board’s assessment of my
performance?” 
– Jan Masaoka
Jan Masaoka is editor of Blue
Avocado. This article is adapted and reprinted with permission from Blue
Avocado, a practical and readable online magazine for nonprofits. Subscribe free at
Many Thanks!
o Sanctuary House for sharing
the time and talent of their
staff, Jodi Lorenzo-­‐‑Schibley (JLS Photography) and Morgan Graham
(Bella Grace Photography). Jodi and
Morgan served as pro bono photographers at our 2011 Conference. 
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N.C. Center for Nonprofits
The Winners’ Circle
serve on its
ter, United Family Services, Davidson
board of direcCollege, United Way, the YMCA, tors, and he
Charlo e-­‐‑Mecklenburg Schools, area accepted. “I’m
churches, state government agencies,
glad to give
and local services for seniors.
back to the
Marcia Webster; Board Chair
Margo Williams; Board Treasurer
There’s no place Ralph Quackenbush; Founding Board
like home here
Member Guydell Connor; and staff in Davidson!”
members Gail Brooks-Lemkin,
DHC was
Homebuyer Education & Financial
founded in
Literacy Counselor; Nancy Waldrop,
1996. In 2008, HAMMERS Supervisor & Property its board and
Manager; and Emily Lytle, Managestaff decided to ment and Development Fellow,
turn their focus
accepted the Award.
The Davidson Housing Coalition works with individuals and families to
“Disability Rights North Carolina
create and maintain affordable housing in their community.
with other
(DRNC) won for its successful use
organizations in northern Mecklenof a dozen different tools to improve ollaboration, advocacy, and
burg County. They believed this
public policies and services for people
social entrepreneurship are
with disabilities,” said Jane.
just some of the traits of the winners of would help the entire community use
In 2007, the Governor designated
the 2011 Nonprofit Sector Stewardship existing resources.
And, they were right. The economic DRNC (formerly Carolina Legal AsAwards. crisis struck later that year. Families in sistance) to ensure the rights of all
The N.C. Center recognized three
need swarmed to nonprofits. As our state citizens with disabilities through
nonprofits as exemplary stewards of readers know firsthand, everyone at advocacy and system change. Its advothe public’s trust and resources in
the local level had to work together
cacy ranges from providing assistance
front of more than 700 nonprofit and to meet the skyrocketing demand for
to individuals to taking legal action on
community leaders at our annual
their behalf.
conference, “The Power of NonprofDHC took the time and the risk to
If it receives several complaints
its.” We thank Prudential Financial for
step forward and connect with many
about the same problem, it conducts
stepping forward to sponsor the 2011
other organizaAwards. Why did these nonprofits tions. “This
“The Davidson Housing Coalition has helped us
make more of
(DHC) does a great job of providing
affordable housing,” said Jane Kendall, a difference in people’s lives,”
Center president, “But, it’s also a force
said Marcia
for much broader change. The CoaliWebster, execution motivates its whole community
tive director.
to help their neighbors become finanDHC partcially self-­‐‑sufficient, not just have a nered with
roof over their heads.”
the Charlo e-­‐‑
Sammy Sherrill is one such townsMecklenburg
person. When rent in Davidson was
rising fast, DHC helped him and his
mother find a home. Years later, Board and the
Sammy took DHC’s financial manageDisability Rights North Carolina uses comprehensive advocacy to protect
JobLink Career the legal rights of people with disabilities.
ment class and qualified for a brand Center to create
new, two-bedroom duplex. Sammy,
a local job search assistance program.
an in-depth investigation. It dissemiwho’s worked for 10 years in shipping
It joined forces with the N.C.
nates the findings to the public, profesand receiving at Ingersoll Rand, says
Housing Finance Agency to create sionals in the field, government offithe reduced rent has helped him and
apartments for disabled adults. Other
cials, and individuals with disabilities.
his two sons “keep our heads above
partners include the Ada Jenkins Cen2011 AWARDS CONTINUED ON P. 5
water.” Later, DHC asked Sammy to
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N.C. Center for Nonprofits
different community
Then, it makes sure that the needed
changes are actually implemented.
For example, it received claims that
“PFC is a
thousands of adults with mental illmodel for
ness were being warehoused in Adult how nonprofCare Homes without treatment.
its can adapt
Working with UNC law students,
and thrive in
DRNC identified 15 homes across the challenging
state suspected of such warehousing.
times. It
Its staff observed the conditions of combines the
each facility and spoke to residents,
administrators, and staff. It published facilities, and
a powerful Special Report that raised
evaluation of
public awareness of the problem.
The Parntership for Children of Cumberland County creates opportunities many organizaBut DRNC did not stop there. It
tions so that
for children to be successful in school and beyond.
also filed a complaint with the U.S. all of them
Department of Justice against the
can make more of a difference,” said Barnes, Chief Financial Officer; Janice State of North Carolina on behalf of
Willmo , Chief Administrative Officer; N.C. Center board member Dr. Loleta
all persons with mental illness. U.S.
Wood Foster.
and Elaine Whitford, Director of
District Court Judge Terrence Boyle
PFC is also a model for financial Development.
recently found that the State’s policy
sustainability. A few years ago, it “The Partnership for Children of on personal care services violates the
anticipated state budget cuts and
Cumberland County (PFC) acts as a
Medicaid Act. social entrepreneur. It combines the
began diversifying its funding
“He confirmed our position that passion of a social mission with
sources. Its budget now comes from
the State’s policy pushed people toaccountability, innovation, and disci18 different sources, including ward institutional se ings,” says Vicki plined management practices,” said
private contributions from the
Smith, executive director. “It is our
Jane. “It experiments, measures, and
hope that this decision will encourage
shares what it learns across the
Accepting the Award for PFC the State to develop policies that arcommunity.”
were Eva Hansen; Board Chair
ticulate a clear priority to keep people
Incorporated in 1993, PFC builds Jeff Hylland; Past Chairs Karen in their homes and community.
partnerships with families and within
McDonald and Charles Morris; and
“Feeling safe is a fundamental
the community to provide all children
staff members Marie Clark, Chief need. Our advocacy work ensures that with an opportunity to succeed. The
Financial Officer; and Lynn Vick, people with disabilities can live free
Partnership runs NC Smart Start and
Director of Child Care Resource
from harm in the communities of their More-­‐‑at-­‐‑Four programs in the Faye e- and Referral. 
choice,” said Vicki.
ville area.
DRNC forms coalitions with other
President Eva Hansen explains,
nonprofits and works hand-­‐‑in-­‐‑hand “Early childhood programs are the
with the agencies responsible for the
most cost-­‐‑effective way to ensure problem.
the healthy development of children
The N.C. Center also honored
whose families live in poverty. They
DRNC for its governance practices
offer the greatest returns to society.”
and for reaching out to anyone and
The PFC Resource Center brings
everyone interested in its mission.
together under one roof
DRNC Board Chair Beth Garris
16 different organizations dedicated Hardy says, “Every year, we evaluate
to helping families and children. It
our own performance as a board, as
values collaboration and accountwell as our executive director’s. We
read our conflict-­‐‑of-­‐‑interest policy at For instance, when two other
the start of every board meeting, and
Partnerships for Children were in
we disclose any potential conflicts at jeopardy of closing, PFC agreed to
Dr. Loleta Wood Foster of the N.C. Center’s
that time. We also make sure our
handle their management.
Board of Directors presents the Nonprofit Sector
Finance Commi ee is diligent.” PFC also pioneered a Grant
Stewardship Awards. Does your nonprofit belong
Vicki Smith and Beth Garris Hardy Evaluation Management Solution
in the winners’ circle? Nominate your organizaaccepted the Award along with Rusty (GEMS) that uses a central data bank tion or another that you believe is exemplary by
Bradstock, Board Member; Charlie
to measure the effectiveness of March 5, 2012.
2011 AWARDS CONTINUED FROM P. 4 Winter 2012, Vol XXI, No. 1
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N.C. Center for Nonprofits
The Search is On! Finding Funders
Know your search criteria.
Define your cause, the type of support you need (such as capital,
project, or general operating support), and factors that fit your grant interests. Then, come up with key
words. For example, a Humane
Society could use: animal shelter build-­‐‑
ing grant; animal southeastern operating grant; animal national unrestricted grant.
Seek likely matches. Now,
search for grantmakers. Local
or regional funders should be at the
top of your list. You can also search
for funders with wider scopes –
N.C., southeast, nationwide, etc.
Several public libraries provide the
Foundation Directory Online, where
you can search for information on
foundations, corporations, and recent
grants. See h ps://foundation
Do your homework. Before
introducing yourself to a
grantmaker, make sure you’re a good
fit. For clues, look at their
past grant
trustees or
current staff, past Forms
Melissa Le Roy
990s or 990-­‐‑PFs (h p://,
and annual reports.
One complaint I o en hear from foundations is, “I wish nonprofits would take the time to look at our
website.” Many questions can be
answered there – what types of programs/nonprofits a foundation will fund, the application process, etc.
Processes and deadlines change, so
refer back to their websites o en.
Look at the whole picture.
Combine all the information
into a spreadsheet with categories
for grantmaker’s funding interests
(broken down into several
subcategories); your programs that
align with each funder; your proposed request amounts (make sure
it’s reasonable for each funder);
deadlines; and other relevant
information. Ask your staff, board, and volunteers if anyone has a
personal connection or more information that can perfect your proposal
or relationship with a funder.
Cra unique proposals for each funder. It’s not uncommon for nonprofits to use the same proposal for different funders. Please don’t make this mistake! Write the perfect proposal each time. 
– Melissa Le Roy
Melissa Le Roy lives in Saluda, NC. She serves as executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council, S.C. Chapter, and on the Board of Directors of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits.
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during lean economic times
when nonprofits have to manage diminishing resources,
achieve results, and maintain
high levels of compassion.”
If you could run any nonprofit anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? “I’m
influenced by ‘Think Globally, Act Locally.’ There are great causes around the world,
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N.C. Center for Nonprofits
Seven Ways Social Media
Why Does
Improves Your Accountability This Matter?
ost nonprofits know that with “slice of life” stories from your
eing accountable and open –
social media helps you condaily work.
or “transparent” – to your
nect with supporters, advocates, and
Ask questions and seek community
is part of good stewardclients. But blogs, Facebook, Twi er, feedback. Float ideas, gather
ship by your nonprofit. Want to and YouTube can also increase your
opinions, and let folks weigh in. It’s an
organization’s accountability and
easy way to show that you’re listening. know more about what this means? According to the N.C. Center’s transparency. Here are natural ways
Want a great theme for your next
Principles and Practices for Nonprofit to do this:
event? Put options on Facebook for a Excellence:
Communicate in real time.
vote. Then share the results!
“Nonprofits have an ethical People turn to social media for
Invite participation. Get people
to conduct their acbreaking news of all kinds, and they
engaged by encouraging them
way that is accountexpect you to use the
to share photos, videos,
to staketools in the same way.
or write a guest blog
holders. Nonprofits should Say a road has closed
post. Can you use
engage in ongoing efforts to unexpectedly, making it
social media to open
openly convey information to
difficult to a end your up your programs for
the public about their missions,
fundraiser. Twi er and those who can’t easily
activities, accomplishments,
Facebook are perfect
participate face-­‐‑to-­‐‑face? and decision-making processways to tell a endees Think creatively about
es. This information should be
about an alternate
how people can engage
easily accessible to the public
during off-­‐‑hours. and should create external visSpeak in Keep talking ibility, public understanding,
personal voices.
between meet-­‐‑
Kivi Leroux Miller
and trust in the organization.”
Social media is, well,
ings. Consider adding
social, which means it works best
smaller, more controlled groups, like
Members can download Principles when used by real people speaking
a private Facebook for your board.
and Practices
free at www.ncnonprofits.
in conversational, natural voices,
This helps them connect, converse, and
rather than stilted official-­‐‑speak. keep your organization top of mind. 
You’ll explain news more clearly
– Kivi Leroux Miller
and appear personally responsible
fundraising. She is the author of The
Kivi Leroux Miller is president of for your postings. It’s appropriate to
Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-­‐‑, where have “official” Twi er and Facebook Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build
you’ll find her blog and weekly webinars accounts, but it’s also good practice
Support for Your Good Cause.
on marketing, communications, and to let supporters know which human
beings actually update those accounts.
Respond to negativity. Any-­‐‑
one can say anything about
your organization in social media.
Many for-­‐‑profits are relearning the value of customer service the hard
way when customers broadcast their
displeasure via social media. The
majority of what’s said about
nonprofits is positive or neutral. But when negative comments appear,
respond directly, calmly, and
thoughtfully. This goes a long way.
Social media can connect your nonprofit with organizations in other countries that share your
Show behind-­‐‑the-­‐‑scenes.
goals. Here, N.C. Center staff members Shameka Harrington (left) and Sarah Weissberg (second
Take people behind the scenes from right) connect with non-governmental organization leaders from Lebanon. These women
and share what really goes on in your visited several U.S. sites through the International Affairs Council and the Institute for Nonprofits
programs. In-depth descriptions aren’t at N.C. State University.
Photo courtesy of the Institute for Nonprofits
necessary. Simply give us a li le peek 1
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How are you judged?
Coping With Ugly Ratios
(ASC) 958-­‐‑
605-­‐‑25-­‐‑16, and you
can never
them as
Dennis Walsh (left) presents “Legal Update: Keeping on the Right Path” with
David Heinen and Dianne Chipps Bailey. Your 2012 Legal Update will be on
on your
September 14. Watch for details.
Photo: JLS Photography Form 990. Unfortun this era of belt-tightening,
don’t be surprised that donors,
of a
lawmakers, and other stakeholders are
looking at your nonprofit’s “program cost.
efficiency ratio”(PER) as an indicator I
of good stewardship. This is calculated
by dividing your total program
expense by total expenses. A higher PER indicates that you’re devoting
a greater share of your available
resources to program activities.
People also may look at what percentages of your expenditures are
applied to management and fundraising to determine how you use
Unfortunately, ratios don’t tell the
whole story. Without explaining
where the numbers come from, ratios
can unfairly cast nonprofits in a negative light.
For example, if you’re a small organization that must incur substantial
fixed management costs, like an audit, your management expense ratio will
seem much higher than a larger organization’s with a similar mission.
Or, if you hire a development
consultant, you may have a high
fundraising expense ratio until her
work begins to pay off and your reports start reflecting new program expenditures from new grants and
The problem is compounded if you
get a lot of support from volunteers.
You typically cannot include donated
services in financial statements under Accounting Standards Codification Page 8
How To Keep from Being Judged Unfairly
Remember that Form 990 is key.
When researching your nonprofit, more people will turn to your IRS
Form 990 data, available free at Guide, than to your other financial statements. So, be sure that your 990 is complete and that your Program
Service Accomplishments reflect your group’s actual results toward your
Learn how to allocate your expenses correctly. Most organizations define three functional expense categories: Program, Management
and General, and Fundraising. “Management and General” serves as the
catch-all for costs that aren’t directly
or indirectly related to programs or
fundraising (e.g., your board meeting
Some costs belong solely to one of
these three areas. Others fit more than one area, and you should allocate (i.e.,
share) them accordingly, if you can.
Periodically look at your natural
expense categories (e.g. human
resource costs, facilities, supplies,
transportation, etc.) to see if they have
shared costs that you should allocate
to more than one category. There are
many ways to allocate costs, also
referred to as “cost drivers.” What’s
important is that your method is
reasonable and used consistently.
For example, you might use the
square footage of part of a building to
calculate the facilities costs that you
allocate to program services. You
might use mileage to allocate vehicle
costs. And you can use staff time spent on specific duties (based on time logs) to allocate costs between Program,
Management, and Fundraising
For fundraising expenses that
include other activities, you must
meet very stringent requirements
before you can allocate any portion of
these “joint costs” to Program or
Special rules come into play, for
example, if you have a program activity that includes even an incidental
appeal for funding. If you don’t satisfy
the technical requirements of ASC 958-­‐‑720-­‐‑45-­‐‑29 (formerly SOP 98-­‐‑2), you must treat the entire expense as
Fundraising, even if it has significant Program or Management elements.
See h ps://
For more on allocating your
expenses, see the Common Ground article, “Cost Allocation Eases Your Finances” (
Understand how special events can be different. You may subtract
certain direct costs of special fundraising events – such as the value of
meals, entertainment, and facility
rental – from the event’s revenue on
your statement of activities. This is
because you don’t have to include
direct benefits to donors in the fundraising expense category. This
helps lower your fundraising expenses
ratio. Any indirect costs, such as staff’s time preparing for the event, should
be included in fundraising expenses.
Know where to include donated services. You can show the value of
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Fiscal Sponsorship: Right for Your Nonprofit?
s we grapple with the current economy, we’re all
looking for ways to increase revenue
and minimize expenses. Fiscal sponsorships can provide opportunities
for both. This article – the first in a series – offers guidance and explains the possible advantages.
What is fiscal sponsorship? In
order to accept foundation grants or
tax-­‐‑deductible gi s, programs must be recognized as tax-exempt by the
IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. But what if
you want to begin operations before
you have 501(c)(3) status? Or, what if you’ve lost it your status? Or maybe, your program will only operate for a
few months.
Fiscal sponsorship provides a way
for a program to operate without
having its own 501(c)(3) status. In this arrangement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sponsor, or “fiscal agent,” serves as a fiscal home to another group or organization (the sponsored program, sometimes called the
“sponsored project”).
The program operates as an integral part of the sponsor. It’s usually
temporary because the program
plans to get its own 501(c)(3) status or because it has a clear end date.
What are the advantages of being a “sponsored project”?
Help getting started. If you plan to
statements if they meet ASC criteria (see this Blue Avocado article: h p://
Describe in your financial statement footnotes the activities
of your volunteers, the hours they
contribute, and the estimated value
of these hours. This helps people
understand your ratios be er and tones down negative impressions.
Summarize this information for your
CPA if your financial statements aren’t prepared internally.
Winter 2012, Vol XXI, No. 1
spin your program off on its own, you
can form an organization and
incorporate. But until your program
gains 501(c)(3) status, it operates as part of the fiscal sponsor.
Many newly-formed or small
programs don’t yet have the expertise
to manage a nonprofit. Besides providing a tax-exempt home, a fiscal sponsor
can incubate a new program, helping
your staff prepare for administrative
Shelter from “tipping” which could change your tax status. If a disproportionate share of your organization’s
income comes from a few foundations
or individuals, you can lose your status
as a 501(c)(3) “public charity.” Your organization will automatically become
a “private operating foundation.”
Operating foundations cannot receive tax-deductible contributions from
other donors. Even well-established
nonprofits are at risk of this “tipping”
to become an operating foundation. If
a larger nonprofit with diverse sources
of income becomes your fiscal sponsor, you can continue to get 501(c)(3) benefits.
What are the advantages of being a fiscal sponsor?
Additional revenue through the fee
income that you’d receive from the
sponsored program. We’ll discuss how
this works in the next article in this
Support for your mission from having
an additional program with a mission
that helps you achieve yours.
Report this information in the
Form 990’s Schedule O as well. This is your opportunity to tell the world
about your volunteer support. You
can describe what your program,
management, and fundraising ratios
would be if the value of your volunteers
were included in your functional
Include volunteer services in your
internal budget, fundraising materials,
and annual reports, too.
Remember, it’s up to you to tell
your whole story. Show the world
Mig Murphy Sistrom
JLS Photography
Savings by sharing expenses. Both
parties benefit. In most fiscal sponsorship arrangements the two parties
share space, rent, telephone service,
office machines, etc. Employee benefit
costs per person are often lower for
larger employers, so both parties can
benefit by sharing staff members. 
– Mig Murphy Sistrom
Mig Murphy Sistrom, CPA ([email protected], 919-­‐‑419-­‐‑1119) provides consulting and accounting services exclusively to nonprofits in North Carolina. She serves on the N.C. Association of CPAs’ Not-­‐‑for-­‐‑Profit Commi ee.
Members of the N.C. Center can get free advice from a CPA through our partnership with the NCACPA. Contact Geia Williams ([email protected]fits.
org, 919-­‐‑790-­‐‑1555, ext.114).
that you’re resourceful and that you
exercise good stewardship! 
– Dennis Walsh, CPA
Dennis Walsh, CPA ([email protected] provides volunteer technical assistance to help empower community nonprofits through The Micah Project (h p:// He also participates in the N.C. Center’s Accounting Assistance Program offered to Members in partnership with the N.C. Association of CPAs.
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Legal & Legislative
Congress Keeps Charitable Giving Incentive...For Now
Legislators Hope to Approve
State Budget in May
Classify Your Employees Correctly and Avoid Penalties Last year, a Congressional Super
Commi ee considered a proposal to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction
for charitable giving, but it wasn’t able
to reach agreement. The charitable
giving incentive remains intact, but
Congress is likely to revisit this in
coming years.
That’s why it’s so important that
384 North Carolina nonprofits signed the Nonprofit Community Le er to protect the incentive. We’ve heard
from members of Congress that your
stories and numbers made it clear that
they need to listen to nonprofits when making decisions about tax changes
and spending cuts that affect the millions of people you serve. Your united
voice is being heard!
Legislative appropriations commi ees are meeting every month to get ready to vote on a 2012-­‐‑13 budget when the short session starts May 16.
Now is the time to hone your case
for why nonprofits are a great bargain for the state. See these talking points:
If – like many employers – your
nonprofit has misclassified your employees as independent contractors,
you could be subject to penalties for
unpaid payroll taxes. The IRS has a
new voluntary program to help you
comply with minimal penalties: www.­‐‑drop/a-­‐‑11-­‐‑64.pdf. File
IRS Form 8952 at least 60 days before you begin treating workers as
Nonprofit Mailing Rates Preserved
A U.S. Senate commi ee has approved legislation (S. 1789) to reform the U.S. Postal Service. Unlike other
proposals, the 21st Century Postal
Service Act would not reduce postal discounts for nonprofits.
New Veterans Hiring Tax Credit Could Help Nonprofits
In November, Congress approved a
new tax credit for employers that hire
veterans (H.R. 674). The credit would reduce the federal payroll taxes that
nonprofits pay for these employees. Join us!
2012 Public Policy Forum
for North Carolina’s
Nonprofit Sector
May 29
McKimmon Center, Raleigh
NC Nonprofits Day
May 30
N.C. General Assembly
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DHHS Protects Nonprofit Funds
The N.C. Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS) has found a
way to protect many of its grants and
contracts with nonprofits. The General Assembly last summer required it to cut nonprofits’ grants and contracts by $5 million this year. But instead of cu ing services provided through nonprofits, DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler found le over federal funds to cover most of the $5 million.
Medicaid Shortfall Could Hurt
Those Served by Nonprofits
DHHS now projects the state’s
Medicaid shortfall to be $149 million this year and $242 million next year. Without more state funds, it may have
to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates
and reduce some services. Some nonprofit service providers could be paid less by the state.
Small Nonprofits: Protect Your Tax Exemption!
The IRS clarified that nonprofits with annual budgets under $5,000 must file Form 990-­‐‑N (e-­‐‑Postcard) every year, even though they aren’t
required to apply to the IRS for recognition of their tax-exempt status.
Those that didn’t file an e-­‐‑Postcard in a previous year can file now without a late penalty by using an IRS approved
e-­‐‑file service provider. Remember, your nonprofit will automatically lose its tax-­‐‑exempt status if you don’t file a Form 990, 990-­‐‑EZ, or 990-­‐‑N for three consecutive years.
IRS Sets 2012 Mileage Rates
The standard business mileage rate is
still 55½ cents per mile. Many non-­‐‑
profits use this rate when reimbursing employees for work-related driving.
Congress Extends Payroll Tax Cut The volunteer mileage rate – what’s
At press time, Congress had extax-deductible when volunteers drive
tended the 2011 payroll tax reduction
on behalf of your nonprofit – is still through February 29, 2012. This means 14 cents/mile and can only be changed your employees’ payroll tax withhold- by Congress. 
ings won’t be reduced at least through
the end of February. Congress is exThis column is not intended to give pected to prioritize making the payroll legal advice and should not be relied upon tax cut extend through the rest of 2012. without your a orney’s counsel. For more on public policy issues affecting all IRS Extends Filing Deadlines
501(c)(3) nonprofits in N.C., contact for Many Nonprofits
David Heinen at the N.C. Center for
If your Form 990, 990-­‐‑EZ, or 990-­‐‑PF Nonprofits ([email protected], is normally due in January or
919-­‐‑790-­‐‑1555, ext. 111). All Center February, your filing deadline has Members receive Public Policy Updates been extended to March 30, 2012. You and Alerts.
must still file Form 990-­‐‑N (e-­‐‑Postcard) on time if your budget is under
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Nonprofits Can Do Voter Guides - Here’s How
Collaborate to get a candi-­‐‑
running and what they stand for. Get
onprofits are trusted in our this information from the candidates
date’s a ention. You’ll need
communities, making us the
themselves. But a good guide also
ideal messengers to provide people
candidates’ feedback for your guide.
includes information on Election Day
with voter guides.
Of course, they’re very busy during
and where and how
Most candidate
election season and
to vote, as well as a
get lots of requests to
voter assistance line
doesn’t motivate
complete surveys. This
and/or website with
average citizens to
is especially true for
more information.
become engaged.
those in higher offices. Be online
Campaigns and
By collaborating with
and off.
outside groups
several nonprofits, you Online guides,
o en create can cut through the
especially ones
negative ads. Even
clu er and offer candioptimized for
positive messages
dates a way to reach a
search engines, offer only reach a slice of
wider audience. Start
convenience and
the electorate.
by determining clear
reach voters who
Damon Circosta is executive
guidelines for your
director of the N.C. Center
actively seek
typically spend
partners. Will they
for Voter Education
information. But
their resources
have input on ques(
First/Communities In
direct mail puts
on people they’re
tions? Be required to Schools of Buncombe
voter information
pre y sure will vote anyway, rather distribute the publication? Be County (www.children
in the hands of
than “wasting money” on others,
included in publicity?
people who may not
including many people served by
Follow up with candi-­‐‑
in an election. Using
nonprofits. dates. You’ll need to send the
media is best.
Do nonprofit voter guides work?
questionnaire, call, send it again, call,
Do a press release. When your
In an era of mind-boggling amounts of and call again. Suggest a deadline
guide is published, let local
information, surprisingly, yes. People
that’s a few days before your real
you spread the word.
are more likely to vote when they’re
Also, send it to candidates. They may offered non-­‐‑partisan information deExpect that some candidates want to share it with their supporters.
signed to help them cast an informed
will intentionally avoid you.
By making honest information
ballot. Consider:
Their strategy may be to target a nar
The N.C. Center for Voter Education
available to the public, nonprofits row group of registered voters and
(NCCVE) sent voter guides to half of
rely on a ack ads. They may not see a provide an invaluable service and
the voters in three N.C. counties. It
benefit in responding to a nonpartisan engage more people in our democincreased turnout by 5.4%. racy. 
survey that focuses on issues outside
A er the 2010 election, NCCVE sur– Damon Circosta and Greg Borom
their usual stump speech. If you have
veyed voters who received its guide
co-sponsors, consider having their
Adapted with permission from the in the mail; 43% said the guide made them more likely to vote, and 41% said board or staff contact candidates about authors’ presentation at the N.C. Center they voted in some races where they
for Nonprofits’ annual conference. why their participation is important.
wouldn’t have otherwise.
Remember that grammar skills are not a prerequisite for runNorth Carolina’s ballot includes
ning for office.
You may be surprised
positions that are vitally important to
– incorrect
our state, communities, and nonprofits. punctuation,
and confusA good guide helps voters navigate ing
races that are not at the top of the balatch for these N.C. Center
is to print their responses as wri
en, lot, deepening participation down the
with no edits. This also helps proballot. Some rules, tips, and lessons:
Nonprofit Voter Engagement Basics
tect your nonprofit against claims of Don’t advocate. Guides that
Ballot Initiatives – what you can do
partisanship. Clarify the editing policy
appear to advocate for a candiand tips for getting involved
with candidates before they write their
date, advocate for ballot initiatives, or
Successful Candidate Forums and
give a point of view will be treated as
responses. Set word limits and cut off Voter Guides
Voting in North Carolina – voting
junk mail. Your nonprofit has many answers that exceed it.
laws and basics for nonprofits 
other vehicles for advocating on your
Include more than profiles.
People want to know who’s
Learn More
from Your Desk
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Always on the Record: Crisis Communications
very nonprofit needs a crisis management plan, even if it’s
short and simple.
Start by understanding the media.
Reporters generally look for juicy
stories and try to identify the heroes
and villains.
Media outlets compete to be the
first to report a story, and reporters are under constant deadline pressure.
They usually can’t wait for all the facts
to come out. Your story will be reported, with or without your assistance.
It's rarely wise to refuse to cooperate or to say, "No comment." It sounds
bad and many will assume you are
hiding something. And, there is no such thing as "ʺoff the record."ʺ If you say it, it's fair game.
Some practical tips:
Be clear about what you want the media to know. You control what you tell them.
Always tell the truth. Mike
Seymour and Simon Moore in
their book, Effective Crisis Management,
call this advice the critical "Three Ts"
speak to
(Tell The Truth).
about the
Don't feel the need to tell the
media everything. This could
That somebe dangerous, since reporters can
one should
pick sound bites that may hurt you
be you or a
when taken out of context.
Stick to the prepared text.
who’s a
Your fact sheet is an essential
survival tool. It’s more than a list of
effective talking points; it's your script.
representa If you don'ʹt know, say so.
tive of your
Say, “I’ll get back to you.”
Be sincere. Choose a spokes- Melanie Herman
and posiperson who is convincingly
Designate a backup
Accommodate reasonable spokesperson in the event
requests. If a reporter asks to
your spokesperson is unavailable or
tape a story in front of your building,
is the subject of the crisis. Both the
or hold an interview “on location”
spokesperson and the backup should
rather than an office, do so if you can be trained, articulate, sincere, and
without jeopardizing your crisis
persuasive. 
– Melanie Herman
communications plan.
Admit when a mistake has Adapted with permission of the been made. This may be the
Nonprofit Risk Management Center first step to re-­‐‑establishing credibility (NRMC), led by Melanie Herman. For and confidence more on this topic, see Vital Signs:
with key conAnticipating, Preventing and stituencies.
Surviving a Crisis in a Nonprofit Don't
ignore asp?id=32).
media requests The N.C. Center for Nonprofits is a or evade intersatellite office of NRMC and offers deep views. Playing
discounts on its interactive tools for hide-'n'-seek can managing nonprofit risks. See www.
do a lot of harm.
The reporter will
find someone to
Tap local
resources for
potential candidates: retired
EDs, college
nonprofit degree programs,
serving the
nonprofit sector, local nonprofit networks, and
the Jobs Board
of the N.C.
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There’s great power and potential
in this “neutral zone” – the space a er one leader leaves and before a new
leader begins. Transitioning nonprofits are more open to change. Leverage
the opportunity! 
– Jeanie Duncan
Jeanie Duncan, CFRE, is president of Raven Consulting Group in Greensboro and specializes in organizational transition and leadership development in nonprofits.
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Mission of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits
o enrich North Carolina’s communities
and economy through a strong nonprofit sector and nonprofit voice.
NC Nonprofits Day
N.C. General Assembly 
Winter 2012, Vol XXI, No. 1