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February 2012 (3 posts)

Be Smart About Your Nonprofit's Finances - Philanthropy Front and Center
February 15, 2012

New post from Philanthropy Front and Center on an upcoming workshop about preparing for filing your 990. Of particular interest to New York-based nonprofits:

Are you tackling your financial records in preparation for filing your organization's Form 990? Need a little guidance? You're just in time to attend an evening workshop at the Arts & Business Council of New York! Gary M. Flaum, Certified Public Accountant, will explain how to comply with IRS and New York State guidelines and make your organization's audit or review easier.

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FDO vs. CGO, Revisited
February 14, 2012

Today I'm rerunning a post from 2008 by Dave Clark explaining the differences and similarities between Corporate Giving Online and Foundation Directory Online. It's an evergreen question that comes up now and again, so I thought it would be helpful to repost the explanation.

I'm occasionally asked to explain the difference between Foundation Directory Online and one of our other online subscription services, Corporate Giving Online.

Corporate Giving Online provides access to the profiles of company-sponsored foundations, corporate giving programs, and company-sponsored grantmaking public charities. It also includes the profiles of the companies that sponsor these grantmaking programs.

CGO doesn't contain any data that isn't also included in FDO's two top-tier plans, Platinum and Professional. Likewise, CGO's Search Companies database, enabling users to search across the corporate information of sponsoring companies, is also included in FDO Professional.

So, if you're already an FDO Professional subscriber, no worries. You already have the best of the best. Corporate Giving Online was designed for grantseekers and others interested exclusively in corporate giving but desiring a lower-priced alternative to all-inclusive Professional.

If you're an FDO Platinum subscriber, again, you're not lacking any data. You have access to all of the corporate grantmaker profiles included in CGO. And you'll notice a Company tab at the top of corporate grantmaker records providing access to the corporate information of sponsoring companies. If you'd like the ability to search across the corporate information of sponsoring companies, you can upgrade to Professional at any time and take advantage of that and everything else a subscription to Professional includes.

California Foundations Twitter Widget
February 02, 2012

Social media tools, like Twitter, allow us all access to the messages institutional philanthropists are highlighting, increasing transparency for philanthropy news and trend data. Thanks to support from the James Irvine Foundation, we are piloting a regional approach to Glasspockets with this California Foundations Twitter widget. Just click on the "Get Widget" button to give your audience a window on California philanthropy on your own web site.

via blog.glasspockets.org

Useful new tool from Glasspockets, opening a window into California philanthropy.