Building Families for Children Receives $100,000 from Donor and is Cited for ‘Excellence’

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Recent sealholder Building Families for Children announces today the receipt of a $100,000 gift from a private backer of the nearly century-old, faith-based nonprofit. The organization recently earned their accreditation under the Standards for Excellence program.

“This welcomed and generous donation will help us to do God’s work, which is lifting children and their parents out of poverty,” said BFC Executive Director Debbie Marini.

 The donor, who asked to be identified only as a “long-time admirer” of BFC, said, “Building Families has made a real difference for so many children over the years. It’s a wonderful organization and deserves support as it helps even more.”

BFC’s programs include: treatment foster care for traumatized youth; Safe Families For Children which recruits “host parents” to temporarily house and care for a child while their mom or dad deals with homelessness, or some other life crisis; mentoring of young adults aging out of foster care; and other initiatives to support at-risk families.

In December, BFC was awarded the Seal of Excellence from the Standards for Excellence Institute, which is part of Maryland Nonprofits. To earn accreditation, BFC’s programs, management, and financial practices were all subjected to close scrutiny by a jury of its peers.

The donation and Seal of Excellence come as BFC, founded in 1920, prepares for its 100th anniversary with a community-awareness campaign, “Countdown to 100,” which will feature fundraisers and public-service events.  “Countdown to 100” will highlight BFC’s past and offer a vision of its future as an agency that has helped more than 20,000 people while pushing to break the generational cycle of poverty.

About Building Families for Children: Willoughby McCormick, founder of the prominent Baltimore-based spice company that bears his name, helped establish Baptist Children’s Home of Maryland in October 1920. It later became known as Baptist Family and Children Services. A quarter century later, the faith-based organization was renamed Building Families for Children. In 1989, the organization moved its headquarters from Baltimore to Columbia, Maryland, to become more centrally located to its broad service area. Today, Building Families upholds McCormick’s founding beliefs that children do better in a home setting rather than in an institution, and that families are strengthened when embraced by their communities.

For more information on Building Families for Children and “Countdown to 100 Activities”, visit www.buildingfamiliesforchildren.org.

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Updated Resource on Nonprofit Disclosure: Disclose It!

The Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector states that all nonprofits “must be aware of and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.”  Of course, nonprofit disclosure laws are among the important laws with which all nonprofits should comply.  Each year, we update Disclose It!:  A Charitable Nonprofit’s Guide to Disclosure Requirements to keep members of the Standards for Excellence community up-to-date on this important area in nonprofit management.  Main updates include:

  • The latest numbers for the value of a low cost article and insubstantial benefits provided by the IRS
  • Updates to weblinks in the resources section

In addition to information on federal nonprofit disclosure requirements, this indispensable resource includes information about registration disclosure for charitable solicitation in every state that has their own additional requirements.
Here’s an excerpt from Disclose It to give you a sneak peak!

Disclose To Donors How Much Of Their Contributions Are Deductible
Does your organization hold a special event where dinner or entertainment is provided? Do you give contributors a subscription to a magazine or promotional merchandise (a mug, book, etc.)? Do you provide donors with membership benefits in return for a contribution? If so, your organization needs to be familiar with the IRS rules that apply when donors receive something in exchange for their contribution. You should know the following:

  • The IRS presumes that donations are not tax-deductible — The IRS requires taxpayers to prove that the amount they pay exceeds the fair market value of the food, entertainment, merchandise, or other goods and/or services that the donor receives. You should NOT state in solicitation materials, catalogs, or tickets that the donor’s payment is tax-deductible if the donor is receiving something of value in exchange for the contribution.
  • The IRS is clamping down on organizations which do not follow the disclosure requirements — A law enacted by Congress in 1993 establishes strict rules governing the sale of tickets for special events, the sale of auction items, and other situations where the donor is receiving something of value in return for his/her donation. After years of advising charities that they should tell donors that some portion of the ticket price is not tax deductible, and years of frustration in watching frequent and flagrant violations of this rule, the IRS is clamping down.

VIOLATIONS: The penalties for violating these requirements can be severe. A charity
may be assessed a penalty of $10 per contribution, up to a maximum of $5,000 per
fundraising event.

Standards for Excellence Institute members, Licensed Consultants and Replication Partners can download this updated nonprofit disclosure resource from the Standards for Excellence website (login required). If you would like to become a member of the Institute to gain access to this document, as well as other benefits and resources, you may join online or contact Susan Larsen at 443-438-2323 or slarsen@standardsforexcellence.org for more details.

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Congratulations To Our Latest Organizations!

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The Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate several organizations who recently earned or renewed their accreditation under the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector:

We would also like to congratulate the following organizations who completed the Standards Basics and Standards Basics Enhanced recognition programs

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Find a Standards for Excellence accredited or recognized nonprofit near you by visiting our nonprofit directory.

Interested in seeking recognition or accreditation for your nonprofit? Learn how to apply.

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Carry the Code: Introducing the New FREE Standards for Excellence Mobile App

The Standards for Excellence Institute is thrilled to announce the launch of our new FREE mobile app! The app’s main feature is its one-click access to the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Now anyone can reference the code in a board meeting, in the field, at a fundraiser, or anywhere on the go!
Download Now!

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The app offers quick access to resources on the new Standards for Excellence website such as learning opportunities and information about our consultants and partners. Organizations participating in the accreditation and recognition programs can also access the online application system from the app.
The Standards for Excellence mobile app is available for free download on the Google Play and Apple App Stores. Or, scan the image to instantly download the Standards for Excellence app to your device.
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2016 National Nonprofit Leadership Conference

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Together we can accomplish more for the people and communities we serve. Join fellow nonprofit leaders from across the country for three incredible days of learning, networking, and capacity building designed to  inspire, engage, and catalyse change.
View the agenda here.

Who Should Attend:

  • CEOs, COOs and CFOs
  • Board Members
  • Executive Directors
  • Senior Staff – Finance Directors, Development Directors, Program Managers, Volunteer Managers, Technology Directors, and Fundraising Chairs
  • Nonprofit Consultants

The first of its kind, the Nonprofit Leadership Conference is a collaboration between the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in DC, Maryland Nonprofits, the Standards for Excellence Institute, and many more nonprofit state associations.

Register Here

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 20 – Friday, April 22, 2016
Sheraton’s Tyson Hotel
8661 Leesburg Pike,
Tysons, VA 22128

Parking is free for attendees.

Discounted Prices (Register by April 6, 2016)
Standards for Excellence Institute Members: $499
Center for Nonprofit Advancement Member: $499
Non-Members: $799

(After April 6, 2016)
Standards for Excellence Institute Members: $599
Center for Nonprofit Advancement Members: $599
Non-Members: $899

Register Here

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Congratulations To Our Latest Organizations!

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The Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate several organizations who recently earned or renewed their accreditation under the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector:

Find a Standards for Excellence accredited or recognized nonprofit near you by visiting our nonprofit directory.

Learn more about nonprofit accreditation and recognition at standardsforexcellence.org.

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Replication Partner Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Announces Attorney General Office’s Support of Standards for Excellence


Standards for Excellence Replication Partner the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO) recently announced that the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section has endorsed the Standards for Excellence program offered by OANO.

Peter M. Thomas, Chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section, commented, “Every Ohio charity could benefit from using these guidelines…We are pleased to endorse these standards and related training efforts.”

“We’re delighted with the endorsement of the Standards for Excellence program,” said Terri-Lynne Smiles, Chair of OANO’s Board of Directors “We have partnered with the AG’s office on programs in the past and were happy that their office was able to attend our training sessions first-hand.”

The Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations has been a Standards for Excellence Replication Partner since 2003 and is licensed to review applications for Standards for Excellence accreditation and recognition for nonprofit organization in Ohio.

Read the full press release here.

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