NACBA Weekly Update
Nov. 30, 2012

Charitable giving up, but Sandy and tax changes expected to impact year-end donations
Religion News Service
The recession continued to affect how much Americans gave to charity last year; and the triple whammy of Superstorm Sandy, a national election and the looming fiscal cliff may cut how much we donate in the crucial final month of 2012, experts say. Charitable giving overall increased by $6 billion in 2011, an increase of almost 4 percent from 2010, according to the 2012 report by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Individuals gave $217 billion, compared with $209 billion in 2010.More

Tax and Legal Update — Year End: Preparing W-2s and forms 1099 the right way: How to avoid penalties
NACBA
The IRS reports that 98 percent of nonprofit organizations underreport taxable income on forms W-2. In this session, Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA, will assist your organization to be in the 2 percent that are filed correctly. You will learn how to properly prepare W-2s for ministers and staff and avoid the dreaded penalties associated with incorrect W-2s. We will also discuss the proper preparation of 1099s, including who should receive them and how do you compute the proper amount reported on the 1099s. Penalties doubled in 2011. You will learn how to avoid penalties associated with W-2s and 1099s that are not timely issued or not correctly reporting the right amounts.

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2013 congregational economic impact survey
NACBA
The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University, in partnership with The Alban Institute, Indianapolis Center for Congregations, Maximum Generosity, and the National Association of Church Business Administration, is doing a survey on how congregations have fared in recent years and how changes in the economy have impacted contributions to congregations. The online survey has 40 questions is expected to take 30 minutes. Your answers are anonymous and your information will not be used for any other purpose. Please complete the survey within the next seven days.More

Standard mileage rates for 2013
IRS
The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. The rate for business miles driven during 2013 increases one cent from the 2012 rate. More

#GivingTuesday creates better Christmas narrative than Black Friday
CNN
We see the scenes every Black Friday: shoppers standing in line for hours, the doors bursting open, elbows and expletives flying, pushing, shoving, waved weapons, threatened lives. Once again, America is ready for the season of peace, love and good will toward all. But there is a groundswell toward opting out of crazed consumption and breaking free from the anxiety and chaos it creates, so people can tell a better story. Evidence of this includes the Twitter movement called #GivingTuesday. It's a simple concept that calls us into a better story.More

Do members have a right to inspect church records?
Managing Your Church
Many church members have claimed that they have a right under the Privacy Act or the Freedom of Information Act to inspect church records. This is not the case. Such a right must be granted by some statute or legal document. Here are four ways this can occur.More

7 things leaders should learn to say
CBS MoneyWatch
Bad leaders are often selfish, weak-minded and blissfully unaware that their self-image is a skewed version of reality. Every one of us can do with an extra dose of humility and self-awareness to remind us that we're not always the insanely great business leaders, executives, managers and workers our oversized egos tell us we are. Along those lines, here are seven phrases you should learn to say — and mean.More

Mission-driven church mergers
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
In their book "Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work," Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird examine the recent wave of church mergers. The book makes the bold claim that mission-driven mergers have the potential to transform the church world by expanding the impact of strong churches while revitalizing plateaued or declining churches. Their research reveals some noteworthy facts and trends.More

Inside employee motivation: Does money really make a difference?
Entrepreneur
How do you keep your employees motivated? How do you show them their work is valued? Many small business owners use bonuses or raises, and while everyone loves a little extra cash, motivating your team with money may not be as effective as you think. When used poorly, monetary rewards can feel like coercion, an effect you see in the classic carrot-and-stick approach to motivation.More

5 creative ways to use QR codes in youth ministry
ChurchTechToday.com
QR codes, or Quick Response codes, are a form of bar codes used with smartphone apps and webcams to immediately redirect the user to a website that is programmed into the QR code. For many with smartphones, the ability is there, but hardly anyone is taking advantage of it. Here are five ways to use QR codes in youth ministry.More

Crystal Cathedral: Schullers lose in court
The Orange County Register
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who propelled the Crystal Cathedral into one of the most recognized churches in the world, lost the bulk of his multimillion-dollar claims against his former ministry in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Judge Robert Kwan in Los Angeles ruled that Schuller, his wife, daughter and son-in-law did not provide evidence to back most of their claims.More

Why accountability is weak in many organizations
The Christian Post
What makes organizations weak? Is it a failure of good strategic planning? Are there cultural issues that preclude good performance? Are many leaders and workers failing to execute? While these issues are important, new information suggests that there may be one major issue we have often overlooked.More

Churches offering concealed-carry weapons training to attract members
The Daily
Salvation isn't automatic — but it might be semiautomatic. In an effort to increase membership, a number of U.S. churches are offering an unconventional public service: Concealed weapons training. "Church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven't really reached out to guys," said Jeff Copley, a preacher at Church of Christ in Marengo, Ohio. "And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt."More

Phoenix church offers drive-thru prayer service
KSAZ-TV
VideoBrief In this hurry-up world, a Phoenix church has added prayer to the list of things you can do without even getting out of your vehicle. You're basically getting "God to go." Living Streams Church started offering drive-thru prayers last year. It was such a hit, they are doing it again. You pull up and a church volunteer fills out a prayer request form and then prays with you for you. More