Housing Considerations for Short-Term Assignments

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 2. July 2014 11:20
The increase in the number of short–term assignments (STAs) continues to allow flexibility and adaptability in supporting business objectives for a growing number of organizations both domestically and globally. Estimating the costs and understanding the benefits of STAs usually falls to HR and mobility professionals. Housing expenses are typically the largest component and a key issue in measuring ROI for limited length assignments. Whether implementing a direct reimbursement system or calculating a lump sum payment, professionals need accurate housing data to provide management with defensible budgets. Best practices should include the evaluation of serviced apartments or corporate housing as an alternative to extended hotel stays for assignments over ten days in length. [More]

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Mandatory E-filing for Forms 990 – Now a Lawsuit!

by Linda M. Lampkin, Research Director 27. June 2014 08:03
The IRS Forms 990 filed annually by nonprofits can provide valuable information about these organizations, including pay for their executives, fundraising expenses, and names of board members, as well as services offered, and they are available to the public. The problem is the way that the IRS makes the data available – only in an image format so that users must type the needed data into a database before any analysis of multiple forms is possible. Even if the organizations submit their forms electronically, the IRS converts them to images before their release to the public. Currently watchdog groups and others that provide information on charities, including ERI Economic Research Institute, as well as Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and the Urban Institute, have to spend money and time to manually enter the data they get from the IRS before making it available to the public, even if it has previously been digitized. Talk about digital dark ages! [More]

Nonprofits Continue Shifting Health Care Costs to Employees

by ERI Salary Surveys 19. June 2014 14:54
As nonprofits aim to attract and retain top talent under a ceiling of salary budget constraints, providing a competitive benefits package becomes increasingly important. The fourteenth annual Benefits in Nonprofit Organizations Survey, released on July 1, 2014, reports that nonprofits are paying approximately 70-75% of the total premium cost of medical coverage, on par with 2013 levels but substantially lower than employer contributions in 2012 (87%). Similar to employers in the private industry, nonprofit organizations appear to be continuing cost saving strategies by shifting more expenses on to the employees. [More]

Tracking Nonprofit Executive Salaries: Environmental and Animal Organizations

by Linda M. Lampkin, Research Director 3. June 2014 09:21
So how much does the executive director of “Poodles in Peril” or of “Save Cripple Creek from the Developers” earn each year? How much should he/she make? While these are imaginary organizations, groups with similar names asking for donations seem to be everywhere – in the daily mail, highway billboards, television, and print media. The appeals are numerous and the accompanying pictures and prose are dramatic and engaging, but how do these types of organizations (Environment/Animals, in the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities, the classification system used in the nonprofit sector) fit into the nonprofit sector? And how much do their executives make compared to similar- sized nonprofits providing other types of services? [More]

The Impact of Salary Caps on NYS Nonprofits

by Linda M. Lampkin, Research Director 18. April 2014 07:40
In New York State, when the state legislature failed to act to place caps on executive salaries in nonprofits providing state-funded human services, the state implemented regulations to achieve the same goal. However, State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Feinman of Nassau County rejected those caps in a recent decision on a lawsuit by the Agencies for Children's Therapy, a non-profit that represents more than 30 agencies that provide early intervention, prekindergarten, special education and other services to children throughout the state. [More]