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Bohemia CPA firm conducts survey of LI not-for-profits

Cerini & Associates

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A Bohemia accounting firm is conducting a survey of Long Island not-for-profit organizations, with a questionnaire available online starting Wednesday.

This is the eighth year the CPA firm, Cerini & Associates, has conducted the survey.

"The nonprofit sector of today is very different from how it looked just five short years ago, and the nonprofit of the future will be very different from where are today," the accounting firm said in a news release.

"The name of the game is collaboration. To be effective, organizations will need to come together to make a difference. In these challenging times, nonprofit organizations need to continue to collaborate and share information so that organizations can make better, and more informed decisions." 

Last year 152 organizations took the survey.

This year's survey is due back by Sept. 26. It can be filled out online, or a Cerini & Associates will send it by fax or email, on request.

Here are a few examples of the questions on the survey:

For 2011, the fundraised dollars brought into your agency as compared to 2010 is expected to be higher / lower? (Choose one)

What percentage of contributions for your last completed fiscal year came from e-philanthropy?

To what extent has volunteer involvement changed from 2010 to 2011?

What avenue of social media has your organization utilized to promote your message/fundraising?  (Choices: None, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Outside vendors,   blogging, other)

Which board committees does your organization have? (Choices: None,  audit,  finance,  fundraising-development, compensation-personnel,  capital projects,  corporate, compliance  pProgram,  nominating)

Which of the following do you post on your website?  (Choices: IRS form 990, governing documents, financial statements,  conflict of interest policy, do not have a website.)

Do you have the following in place? (Choices: Currently doing / considering / not considering)     (Checklist: Board review of executive compensation,  Ethics policy,     conflict of interest policy, fraud prevention policy,  accounting policy and procedure manual,  gift acceptance policy, formal corporate compliance program)

What is your organization’s primary source of funding? (Choices: Government grant,       contributions -- individual and corporate,  fundraising events, foundation grants, fee for service, membership dues)

In previous surveys the charity survey's partners included Long Island Cares, Inc. -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

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