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Year-end Contributions 2023

As the end of the year approaches, it is important to document contributions properly, so that donors may deduct the charitable contribution on their income tax return. The proper dating of year-end contributions involves dates, bookkeeping, and documentation. DATES  For the IRS, it is the date of the check and the date that the congregation… Read More »Year-end Contributions 2023

Year-end Contributions 2022

As the end of the year approaches, it is important to document contributions properly, so that donors may deduct the charitable contribution on their income tax return. The proper dating of year-end contributions involves dates, bookkeeping, and documentation. DATES  For the IRS, it is the date of the check and the date that the congregation… Read More »Year-end Contributions 2022

Year-end Contributions 2021

As the end of the year approaches, it is important to document contributions properly, so that donors may deduct the charitable contribution on their income tax return.  This is especially important for 2021, since the CARES Act temporarily allows those who do not itemize their deductions to reduce their taxable income by up to $300… Read More »Year-end Contributions 2021

Year-end Contributions 2016

As the end of the year approaches, it is important to document contributions properly, so that donors may deduct the charitable contribution on their income tax return.  This involves dates, bookkeeping, and documentation. DATES  For the IRS, it is the date of the check and the date that the congregation receives the contribution that matters, even if… Read More »Year-end Contributions 2016

Financial Transparency in 1620

On August 17, 1620, the Mayflower and the Speedwell were anchored in Dartmouth, Devon, along the south coast of England.  They had twice turned back to repair major leaks, which used up valuable resources and exposed conflicts among them.  Robert Cushman (who served as the agent of the Leiden congregation) sent a letter back to London,… Read More »Financial Transparency in 1620

Year-end Contributions

As the end of the year approaches, it is important to document contributions properly, so that donors may deduct the charitable contribution on their income tax return.  This involves dates, bookkeeping, and documentation. DATES  For the IRS, it is the date of the check and the date that the congregation receives the contribution that matters, even if… Read More »Year-end Contributions

Financial Staffing Model

Organizations often ask about ways to divide financial responsibilities among volunteer leadership, paid staff, and outside services.  The longstanding model of a Treasurer (managing all expenditures) and a Financial Secretary or Collector (recording all income) was beneficial in the days before computerized bookkeeping increased the level of detail and transparency that is possible. Now, the… Read More »Financial Staffing Model

Prophet-able Stewardship

Prophet-able Stewardship In the Bible, prophets often get a bad rap— they’re the ones with the doom and gloom messages of decline and demise.  Yet they are the people we remember — the visionary voices who are able to cut through the confusion and speak the truth.  The prophets are the ones who are able… Read More »Prophet-able Stewardship