Resource Archives: 2020

Posted by: Clark Nuber Jul 7, 2020

We hope this letter finds you healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. As your organization continues to operate, consider some of the regulatory changes affecting not-for-profit organizations.

Donor Acknowledgement Letters

Please remember to send a contemporaneous written donor acknowledgment letter to all donors who contributed to the organization during the tax year. The IRS has disallowed charitable contribution deductions when the donor does not have the contemporaneous donor acknowledgment letter required by IRC §170 or when the letter fails to include the required information, including the quid pro quo language.

Click here to read the full year-end planning letter. 

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Posted by: Cheryl R. Olson · Jun 29, 2020

Making the Shift from Grantmaker to Changemaker

The Ford Family Foundation is one of the largest grantors in Oregon, with a mission of cultivating successful citizens and vital rural communities. Over time, its initiatives have expanded to encompass scholarship programs; children, youth, and family services; and community building. In recent years, the nonprofit foundation has shifted its focus from being primarily a grantmaker behind the scenes, towards a “changemaker” with more strategic involvement and partnership in programmatic work. This transition led the organization to nearly double its headcount, while increasing both transaction volumes and financial complexity.

Click here to read our case study and learn more about how Clark Nuber was able to help The Ford Family Foundation.

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Posted by: Jennifer Becker Harris · Jun 5, 2020

10/7/2020: This letter has been updated since its original publishing date to address changes in legislation and other trends impacting private foundations.

We hope this letter finds you healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. As your foundation continues to operate, consider how today’s financial actions can impact the foundation’s year-end financial strategies. Below are ideas for your consideration before the foundation’s year-end:

Required Distributions of Income

Private non-operating foundations must annually distribute 5% of the value of their average non-charitable use assets each year. Non-charitable use assets include all assets other than those used directly in carrying out the foundation’s exempt purpose.

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Posted by: Steve Vasconcellos · Mar 27, 2020


It’s common for many organizations to struggle with their cybersecurity operations. Security systems are typically implemented in silos and managers often wonder if they’re covering the full suite of best practices. This article will explain the five steps that any organization can take (including tech startups, not-for-profits, and even large, multi-national corporations) in better securing their environment.

Step 1: Select a Security Controls Framework
What is a Security Controls Framework?

A security controls framework is a checklist to consider when implementing a security program. It prescribes certain tools and processes (collectively, “controls”). For example, all leading frameworks recommend the adoption of network monitoring tools and incident response procedures.

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Posted by: Vincent J. Stevens · Mar 24, 2020

Regional Healthcare Leader Enhances Financial Risk Management With Comprehensive Policy Review, Governance Assessment, and Training

When a routine annual audit uncovered some gaps in governance policies at a regional life sciences and healthcare nonprofit, the organization sought to go beyond standard financial controls toward greater levels of enterprise risk management.

While the organization had a strong track record of financial responsibility, they wanted to take the next step and ensure they were on track with managing enterprise risk according to contemporary industry practices. Additionally, they wanted to analyze and monitor the day-to-day implementation and effectiveness of policies.


Clark Nuber presented a range of options to the client from basic to comprehensive.

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