activities related to the day-to-day running of the organization such as: HR, legal, employees, administration & operations, training/orientation, etc.

Internal Controls: Tools For Building Trust

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Friends on February 11, 2021 Willem Stoeller presented the webinar, Internal Controls for Friends Organizations: Tools for Building Trust.

The webinar focused on:

  • Minimum set of required policies to guide your operations
  • Minimum set of financial internal controls

Here are the materials from the webinar:

We would like to thank Willem from The Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex for hosting such an amazing opportunity for Refuge Friends.

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CORFA 1st Annual Report

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CORFA wants to share our first annual report with Friends. It has been a year of transformation, speared on by the desire by Friends to strengthen the network of Friends working together to support each other and the national refuge and hatchery system. In the COVID-19 Friends are continuing to do incredible work in support of their organizations, communities, and national wildlife refuge and hatcheries. Thank you everyone.

Photo credit: Krista Lundgren/USFWS

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Of Dollars and Cents: How to Manage the Finances of Friends Organizations

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As a Friend board member are you ready to protect your organization’s assets? Every member of the board has the fiduciary responsibility to treat the nonprofit organization’s assets and other resources with the same care with which they would treat their own resources. This is part of a board member’s legal Duty of Care.

Willem Stoeller’s webinar on financial management and record-keeping for Friends organizations, with annual revenues of less than $50,000, takes the mystery out of this subject. Below you will find the recording and supporting documents:

This is a must see presentation for every board member and we want to thank Willem and Keith Palevsky for creating it.

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By Friends for Friends Webinar on Financial Management & Reporting

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Raffling a Porsche Boxster Online: Missing the Bumps in the Road

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Prior to COVID-19 had you ever attended a virtual fundraising event? I hadn’t. When the Nonprofit Association of Oregon offered a webinar on how the Dougy Center transitioned their largest in-person fundraising event to a virtual event, I registered.

My family became aware of the Dougy Center when we lived in Oregon. They provide support for children and young adults dealing with grief. A fantastic organization that has loads of community support. For 23 years one sponsor has made the raffle of a Porsche Boxster possible.

Taking that raffle online required navigating bumps in the road.

To buy a raffle ticket online, the purchaser had to check a box verifying that they were in the state of Oregon. Why?

Raffles are gambling. A raffle involves pay-to-play, a prize, and a random drawing. Gambling is illegal, however most states and localities allow nonprofits, 501(c)(3), to conduct raffles for fundraising purposes. The rules governing raffles are determined by the state and locality where the nonprofit is located.

Usually it is only legal to sell raffle tickets in the state the nonprofit is located in. So even though the Dougy Center is just across the Columbia River from Washington state, it is not legal to sell tickets in Washington. Selling tickets online can be problematic and some states ban it. Many nonprofits avoid it or do as the Dougy Center did and require the purchaser to verify that they are physically located in the same state as the nonprofit.

If you are considering holding a raffle and want to avoid the bumps in the road then here are some things to consider:

  • Raffle are not allowed on Service-managed property (633 FW4)
  • Adhere to the local and state laws
  • Acquire the necessary permits
  • Follow the IRS regulations on Charitable Gaming
  • Ensure proper records are kept
  • File appropriate taxes that might include: excise, UBIT, and withholding
  • Ensure proceeds are used according to state regulations

Understanding the rules your nonprofit has to operate within will make your raffle successful. For us, we’ll have to take a trip to Oregon to purchase a raffle ticket for the Porsche Boxster.

Resources for nonprofits on raffles:
National Council of Nonprofits
https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/games-of-chance-raffles-and-charity-auctions

Guide Through the Legal Jungle
https://www.guidethroughthelegaljungleblog.com/2013/04/why-your-non-profit-may-not-be-able-to-sell-raffle-tickets-online.html#:~:text=Raffle%20laws%20vary%20from%20state,raffle%20tickets%20across%20state%20lines

Fundraiser Help
https://www.fundraiserhelp.com/?s=raffle+rules

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