Is the IRS Still Looking at Forms 990?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 14. April 2016 14:35
In what passes for news for the IRS, the recently released Internal Revenue Service Data Book for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 did include a few points of interest for those in the nonprofit sector filing Forms 990. This is the first year of the online format for the publication, which provided links to the underlying data, a great step forward in improving accessibility. [More]

Charity Revenues on the Rise – Will Executive Compensation Also Increase?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 24. March 2016 14:35
A recently published Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) survey of charities found 69% of respondents anticipated improved fundraising results in 2016, compared with 2015. In addition, 50% saw fund-raising receipts increase during the first half of 2015, compared with the same six months in 2014. These findings indicate a relatively robust charitable sector with growing revenues. [More]

The Wounded Warrior Project – Spending Too Much on CEO Compensation?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 24. February 2016 13:00
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a fast growing and media-savvy charity serving veterans, has recently been in the news and not in a good way. See a recent article in the New York Times and a blog post from GuideStar CEO Jacob Herald. There were charges of spending too much on expenses (e.g., fund-raising, travel, and executive compensation) that were not directly related to its mission of direct services to veterans. [More]

When Not to Be an Outlier

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 28. January 2016 12:41
While there are some situations that call for standing out from the crowd, setting nonprofit executive compensation is not one of them – that is, unless there is a thoughtful process that is not only supported by data, but also well-documented, and justifies a higher-than-expected salary. [More]

Performance Bonuses for Charity Executives?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 22. December 2015 10:02
For many years now, charities have been encouraged to act more like for-profit companies, with a focus on measuring their outcomes and the impact of their programs. The logical next step is to reward those that succeed with performance bonuses. At the same time, the IRS and other charity regulators have some pretty clear guidelines on what type of compensation is permitted for charity executives. [More]