Mandatory E-filing for Forms 990 – Now a Lawsuit!

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 27. June 2014 08:03
The IRS Forms 990 filed annually by nonprofits can provide valuable information about these organizations, including pay for their executives, fundraising expenses, and names of board members, as well as services offered, and they are available to the public. The problem is the way that the IRS makes the data available – only in an image format so that users must type the needed data into a database before any analysis of multiple forms is possible. Even if the organizations submit their forms electronically, the IRS converts them to images before their release to the public. Currently watchdog groups and others that provide information on charities, including ERI Economic Research Institute, as well as Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and the Urban Institute, have to spend money and time to manually enter the data they get from the IRS before making it available to the public, even if it has previously been digitized. Talk about digital dark ages! [More]

Nonprofits Continue Shifting Health Care Costs to Employees

by ERI Salary Surveys 19. June 2014 14:54
As nonprofits aim to attract and retain top talent under a ceiling of salary budget constraints, providing a competitive benefits package becomes increasingly important. The fourteenth annual Benefits in Nonprofit Organizations Survey, released on July 1, 2014, reports that nonprofits are paying approximately 70-75% of the total premium cost of medical coverage, on par with 2013 levels but substantially lower than employer contributions in 2012 (87%). Similar to employers in the private industry, nonprofit organizations appear to be continuing cost saving strategies by shifting more expenses on to the employees. [More]

Tracking Nonprofit Executive Salaries: Environmental and Animal Organizations

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 3. June 2014 09:21
So how much does the executive director of “Poodles in Peril” or of “Save Cripple Creek from the Developers” earn each year? How much should he/she make? While these are imaginary organizations, groups with similar names asking for donations seem to be everywhere – in the daily mail, highway billboards, television, and print media. The appeals are numerous and the accompanying pictures and prose are dramatic and engaging, but how do these types of organizations (Environment/Animals, in the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities, the classification system used in the nonprofit sector) fit into the nonprofit sector? And how much do their executives make compared to similar- sized nonprofits providing other types of services? [More]