Discussions and Questions
Threat to Tax Deductions (new post) Should we be concerned that some people think that tax deductible contributions should only go to organizations that help the poor?
Where's the Line? (3 new messages) Some numbers from Fieldstone Alliance show a shift in budget sources towards commercial activity. Why do nonprofits increasingly look for this kind of income?
Under a Microscope (1 new message) Ben Leonard notes how much nonprofit historical organizations contribute financially to the communities they serve. How else do nonprofits earn their tax-breaks?
History Matters at the Capitol
Join your fellow local historians and the Minnesota Historical Society for the "History Matters" rally at the State Capitol on February 25, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nonprofit Day at the Capitol
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will hold "Nonprofit Day at the Capitol" on February 14, 2008 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Hot Reads in Red Wing
Friends of the Red Wing Library, the Friends Book Club, and the Goodhue County History Center will hold "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 10 a.m. in the Red Wing Library’s Foot Room. Linda and Kathryn Koutsky, authors of Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History, will speak about their third collaboration.
Report from Iraq
Scott County Historical Society presents "Chronicling the Iraq War: A Soldier's Perspective" by National Guard Major Michael Murray, on Saturday January 19, 2008 at 1 p.m. Free admission.
Two events in Becker
Sherburne History Center hosts two events on Saturday, January 26, 2008.
- 11 a.m. to 1 pm, attend the opening reception for the exhibit, Life Around the Kelley Farm, 1861 featuring photographs by Elk River photographer Roger Nordstrom.
- At 1 p.m., Tom Barthel presents the history of bison in Sherburne County. Tom will have hands on activities for kids of all ages.
Charitable Tax Exemption Education
In response to the December 6, 2007 Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is launching an effort this legislative session petitioning the legislature and governor to clarify property tax exemption for nonprofits.
New Form 990
United States Internal Revenue Service released the new Form 990 for the 2008 tax year. This form will be needed when filing in 2009.
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
Care and Handling of Paper Based Materials
This online course February 11, 2008 - March 7, 2008, will provide an introduction to the factors
effecting the preservation and care of paper-based materials.
Climate Control for Small Institutions
This online course March 10, 2008 - April 4, 2008, will allow participants to explore the
issues that need to be considered when planning for climate controls
including monitoring, testing, environmental analysis assessments,
long-range planning, systems design, construction support, and
operations training. Low cost-low tech solutions will be offered and
Conservation & Preservation of Photographs and Albums
This online course April 7, 2008 - May 2, 2008, will provide an overview of factors
effecting the preservation and care of photographs and appropriate
handling and storage materials.
Introduction to Reformatting
This online course May 5, 2008 - May 30, 2008, will provide current,
essential information to create, manage, and preserve digital assets.
Effective Direct Mail Campaigns for Nonproftis
Center for Business Excellence will conduct a seminar on effective direct mail campaigns for nonprofits at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis on January 24, 2008 from 8 to 10 a.m. Call
651-962-4600 for more details. Cost: $35.
Many in Minnesota's local history community know Major Michael Murray from his previous work at Historic Murphy's Landing and Historic Fort Snelling. As historical organizations record a community's current events, it is important to begin capturing the stories from recently returned Minnesota National Guard members.