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Ask the Expert: Am I Being an Effective Board Member?

Posted by Chris Valponi, CPA on Apr 6, 2017 12:34:43 PM

Chris Valponi, CPA
Audit and Assurance Manager

Q:  I volunteer as a Board member for a mid-sized not-for-profit. At times, I feel that I am just going through the motions of reviewing and approving the balance sheet or the Treasurer’s report during our monthly board meeting. Are there duties that I could take on to be a more effective board member?   
Pat M. – Volunteer board member, Cleveland

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Topics: non-profits, Chris Valponi, not-for-profit, Ask the Expert

Charitable Giving: Are You Doing Harm by Doing Good?

Posted by Chris Valponi, CPA on Mar 8, 2017 4:59:23 PM

Leaving a philanthropic gift to a charitable organization can be a rewarding experience, both for the donor and the designated organization.

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Topics: non-profits, Chris Valponi, not-for-profit

Does your Organization Have a Conflict of Interest?

Posted by Chris Valponi, CPA on Jul 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Many not-for-profit organizations struggle to find qualified financial leaders for their boards. Often individuals possessing higher-level financial experience are asked to take on multiple roles, begging the question, “can a board member be both the treasurer and the chair of the audit committee”? 

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Topics: non-profits, non-profit reporting, Chris Valponi

Using Your 990 to Tell Your Story

Posted by Chris Valponi, CPA on Jul 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM

More and more third parties are looking at not-for-profit organizations’ IRS Form 990, so don’t just report; learn how you can use your 990 to tell your organization’s story.

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Topics: non-profits, Estates, Gifts & Trusts, Chris Valponi

Zinner & Co. Shows Their Purple to Promote Epilepsy Awareness

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Mar 26, 2016 2:29:32 PM

While the logo colors of Zinner & Co. are blue and silver 51 weeks of the year, purple was the weeklong preference from March 21- 26. Purple Day is an annual international celebration to create awareness and support for epilepsy and related seizure disorders. What began as a small initiative in 2008 by a young girl in Nova Scotia is now supported annually on March 26th by people in countries around the world.

“We are thrilled to participate in this annual event. In addition to our deep-rooted spirit of philanthropy, we also work to help others outside the firm learn about and better understand this chronic disorder,” said Partner Sue Krantz, CPA. 

Epilepsy affects about 2.3 million adults and 467,000 children 0-17 years of age in the United States, more than Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy combined. Of the major chronic medical conditions, epilepsy is among the least understood even though 1 in 3 adults knows someone with the disorder.

“Employees have been very creative with their show of support.
In addition to the office adorned with purple flowers and decorations, many made a donation to wear purple clothing throughout the week; some went as far as having purple nail polish, purple glasses and purple tennis shoes,” Krantz added.

"Our Firm  brought in lunch from California Pizza Kitchen on the day where they donated a portion of their sales back to the Epilepsy Association." The week concluded with a purple-themed basket raffle and purple snacks and treats. 

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Topics: non-profits, Firm news

Fundraise Now, Report Later?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Audit and Assurance Team on Mar 22, 2016 4:11:00 PM

If you are a professional fundraiser or volunteer for an organization, this article is a must-read to help you better understand the difference between deferred and temporarily restricted revenue.

Many of our not-for-profit clients frequently ask me to explain when funding is considered deferred revenue and when is it considered temporarily restricted revenue.  This area can be confusing, as the reporting and accounting implications can vary greatly.

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Topics: non-profits

Shaker LaunchHouse Institute Bootstrap Bash

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Feb 12, 2015 10:29:00 AM

Posted by: Ken Sable, JD, MBA

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Topics: non-profits, Firm news

Avoid Losing Your Tax Exempt Status

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Jan 17, 2014 9:33:00 AM

Posted by: DeAnna Alger

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Topics: non-profits, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns

NPAC Member Fly-In

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Feb 14, 2013 3:08:00 PM

Posted by: Sue Krantz, CPA

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Topics: non-profits, Firm news

Thanksgiving Baskets of Love

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Nov 8, 2012 2:17:00 PM

Posted by: Kiki Underwood

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Topics: non-profits, Firm news

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