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Nonprofit Fiscal Planning: Sustaining the Work That Is Bigger Than Us

At McKinley Carter, we not only provide guidance in a variety of important areas of nonprofit operations and finance (investment management, board governance, and fundraising, to name just a few), we also contribute to the overall mission of our nonprofit clients and their positive community impact, in perpetuity. How? Through an alignment of our goals — the most important of which is sustainability.

​​​​​​​Sustainability is critical for a nonprofit’s long-term viability, effectiveness, and service to constituents. It goes hand-in-hand with fiscal planning. Find out what nonprofits should consider in their fiscal planning.

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Happiness 101: Build a Family Philanthropy Plan

Building a family culture of philanthropy, whether that is through monetary efforts, or through gifts of time and energy, can strengthen family bonds, create a lasting legacy, and make an important difference in our communities. Is now the time to be intentional with your family about giving back to your community? Start the conversation and see where it leads.

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“Alright, Stop. Collaborate and Listen”

The title of this blog is meant to catch the attention of all those who grew up in the 80s. This is one of the first lines in the debut song "Ice Ice Baby" by American rapper Vanilla Ice. While Vanilla Ice's song doesn't have anything to do with nonprofit collaboration, the words stop, collaborate, and listen do resonate when it comes to opportunities for nonprofits to collaborate with their community. Learn more.

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SECURE Act 2.0’s Enhancements for the Charitably Minded

Chatter abounds in the world of finance law since the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act 2.0 became law on December 29, 2022. Built upon the work that was started in the original SECURE Act of 2019, the sequel creates further enhancements that impact how individuals and families may prepare for the lives they envision in retirement, as well as how they navigate that dream once it is achieved.

Among the enhancements introduced in the bill are additional benefits for those retirees who are engaged in giving back to their communities through charitable gifts. Here are some new considerations that may help you increase the impact of your charitable donations.

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Nonprofits: How to Get Ready to Invest with an IPS

Every nonprofit organization knows that having more available resources equates to having a greater community impact. Thriving organizations usually empower a finance committee to act as their fiduciary and invest their excess funds. What's the best tool to help them achieve their goals? Learn how a strong Investment Policy Statement (IPS) will prepare your nonprofit for investment success.

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Endowments 101: Three Most Common Endowments and How Nonprofits Use Them

The term “endowment” is often used loosely and in reference to an organization's investable assets. However, there are distinct differences among endowments depending on their purpose and use. Learn more.

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3 Types of Board Members: Why All Are Essential for Organizational Success

Many people find enjoyment in service on boards of directors for their favorite non-profit organizations. The most effective boards seem to have a thoughtful and strategic approach to selecting their directors with the intentions of achieving and maintaining an appropriate balance of skills, experiences, and interests that serve the organization’s interests very well. This issue is particularly important among selection of officers for the board. Learn more.

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3 Areas of Cybersecurity Risk Pose Concern for Today’s Nonprofits

Cybersecurity is a hot topic these days and news headlines about cyber attacks and hackers are quite common. The nonprofit world is not immune to such attacks. In fact, recent statistics reveal two truths for nonprofits: (1) the frequency of cyber incidents is increasing and (2) nonprofits often lack proper cybersecurity protocols. Find out what areas are most vulnerable for nonprofits and how to safeguard your organization.

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ESG Ratings Give Nonprofits More Impactful Investing Options

No one understands the impact of a dollar like non-profit organizations. Often, an organization’s ability to change the world for the better relies so much on the stream of donations to fund their mission. However all too often, pursuing that mission stops when an organization’s funding outpaces their needs and they turn their attention toward investing. It is now easier than ever to affect positive change in the world while still getting a return on invested capital.

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