Drinking From an Atlanta Firehose

Why There Are Summits Verne Harnish collects thought leaders twice a year to help businesses and nonprofits who want to grow. Scaling Up philosophy is that to 10X your business, you have to 10X your people. And to 10X your people, you have to 10X yourself. Summits are two days of nonstop quality ideas –… Read More

ScaleUp Energy in Denver

Are you turning around a difficult situation? It’s lonely. That’s why we all gather twice a year who are gathered in this business to hear stories of success and to share our struggles. It’s not an easy event because so many thought leaders are onstage with great ideas. Tom Peters was a speaker in May.… Read More

990 Snooping – Revenue is Vanity, Income is Sanity, Cash is Cash

There are four long-term sources of financing for nonprofits – Fee for Service, Government Grants and Contracts, Donor Advised Funds, and Charitable Giving. The 990 does not make this information available easily. On Page 1, they blend charitable donations with government contracts*, Schedule B is a report of all donors over $5,000 and frequently that… Read More

990 Snooping – 990s Reveal Term Limits on ?

What is the effect of a long-term CEO and management team on a nonprofit? What is the effect of a board with relatively little turnover? The 990 reports the name and position of each board member and senior manager annually. Let’s compare the lists over a 4 year period (2013-2016). Unfortunately, the truth is a… Read More

990 Snooping Sundays – How to Avoid Bad Boards of Directors

All 990s report on Board Members and Managers. When you join a board, the risk is to avoid one that is stuck or failing. The 990 information is a springboard to other sources and patterns emerge of the best boards – and the worst!   What is the worst number of directors for a healthy nonprofit?… Read More

990 Snooping Sundays – Getting Paid More

No gossip column on 990s can omit the juicy topic of what we’re all getting paid. The 990 tracks highest paid compensation in two places – Part VII, Line 1d on the main form and also Schedule J (There are 16 additional schedules that can accompany the main form and sometimes this is where the… Read More