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What proposed regulations increasing the number of people eligible for overtime pay could mean for schools.
What are ERISA and non-ERISA 403(b) plans, and is your school in compliance?
The Wage and Hour law, otherwise known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can be one of the most challenging areas of compliance for schools.
Read about the benefits of creating a culture of philanthropy in this excerpt from the Handbook of Philanthropy at Independent Schools.
This document is designed to give schools a blueprint for crisis communications planning.
See how Palmer Trinity School communicated their sustainability program and goals to the entire school community.
Many schools are grappling with how to manage trips planned for countries where students and chaperones may be exposed.
When is an employee not an employee?
"Auctions and Raffles: Dos, Don'ts, Hows, and Whys" is a comprehensive guide to federal rules and regulations regarding auctions and raffles.
In light of the horrific shooting at a school in Connecticut, find links to resources on helping children cope with crises, as well as other resources.
This list organizes links to more information contained in each chapter of the 2012-13 NAIS Trendbook.
A list of online resources referenced in the NAIS Trustee Handbook, 10th edition.
Is your school considering adding a homestay program? Understand your potential legal exposure and consider what approach is best for your school.
Sample responsibilities and language for a director of development job description.
Does your school need guidance in how to approach its risk management? Does all of your risk management seem to fall to one person? Use this helpful guide to learn how to better use your head and board in your risk management process.
This excerpt from the NAIS Handbook on Child Safety outlines the role of educators in reporting sexual abuse, how to respond to a child disclosing abuse, and how to report abuse.
This monograph addresses many of the concerns schools face when considering field trips and general travel with students. Specific attention is given to school policies, releases, and travel abroad.
Schools have many questions about the data they collect and what sorts of policies they should have with regards to that data.
Sample responsibilities and language for a director of facilities job description.
AIM is a comprehensive campus-wide assessment tool that engages your school community in evaluating inclusivity and multiculturalism.
The 2013 NAIS and United Educators Study Abroad Risk Survey and Summit Report will help schools understand the risks associated with international travel.
Sample responsibilities and language for a director of educational technology job description.
Read this helpful publication to learn more about the many changes The Americans with Disabilities Act has undergone.
Storytelling can strengthen your outreach to potential families, donors, and others by connecting you with your reader on an emotional level. Read more about the power of storytelling in this excerpt from Messaging and Branding: A How-To Guide.
To get the most from new media, you and your fund-raising staff must blend time-honored capabilities with ones that are gaining importance. Read more in this excerpt from the Handbook of Philanthropy at Independent Schools, Fourth Edition.
Every generation experiences distinct social changes that impact their values, beliefs, and behaviors. This visual explores how these differences impact giving.
This guide explains your Affordable Care Act obligations as an employer, including requirements particular to educational institutions.
In this excerpt by Helen A. Colson from Philanthropy at Independent Schools, fourth edition, the author describes the responsibilities of trustees.
In this excerpt from Philanthropy at Independent Schools, fourth edition, chapter author Michael Stoner describes new skills to look for.
If your development program is to thrive, your school must recruit and retain the right development director, a professional always eager to learn more in a fast-changing field. Read tips about finding the right development director for your school.
The Truth in Lending Act may impact your payment plans and your ability to collect tuition. Are you making the required disclosures? Read this helpful article to find out.
Summaries, infographics, and discussions from NAIS's Deep Dive into the economics of independent schools.
Schools may be asked about the health effects of Wi-Fi technology by parents, teachers, students, and others in their communities. The following resources may prove to be helpful in addressing these inquiries.
NAIS Financially Sustainable Schools Advisory: Whether times are good or bad, no school likes to see students walk out the door before their time.
Parents are rarely happy about paying tuition after a student has left the school without finishing the year. Occasionally they try and find a silver lining through a tax deduction. What do you say? This publication will help!
Comparing your school's figures to other school's information can help you set goals, assess your progress, and make data-driven decisions. StatsOnline data covers all aspects of school operations, including salaries, enrollment, admissions, and more.
While many have begun to see the value of marketing and research, most independent schools are not fully capitalizing on the potential to significantly enhance areas like enrollment and community engagement. Lessons from the business world can help.
In January, the IRS held a webinar specifically addressing good governance issues for nonprofits. This overview covers the areas of focus in the webinar, a likely sign of potential audit flags or focused attention in the future.
Under the extreme stress of a crisis, best intentions can turn into actions that are harmful to a school. Here are five tips to shift your mindset in a crisis and ensure that you help your school survive its darkest time and come out stronger.
"Ten Painless Ways Trustees Can Help Fund-Raise Without Asking For Money" offers ways trustees can help raise money indirectly.
While responsibilities of the executive assistant to the head vary by institution, these guidelines provide a common standard of leadership and good practice for the individuals responsibile for managing the head of school’s office.
Schools can encourage faculty, administrators, and staff to enhance their education background by providing tax-free financial support through an educational assistance program (EAP). This advisory explains EAPS, their requirements, and their exceptions.
To help your school provide benefits to heads at a reasonable level, and, in the process not generate an income tax liability, this legal advisory covers the basics of benefits and tax concerns they may raise.
Although NAIS schools are not subject to federal income tax, they are subject to myriad reporting requirements imposed by the IRS. This advisory describes eight common tax forms applicable to independent schools.
This advisory explains the ins and outs of unrelated business income tax (UBIT).
In this excerpt from the 2013-14 NAIS Trendbook, NAIS's Amada Torres outlines trends in giving by gender and age.
Security consultant Art Gordon lists some questions that can serve as a first step in security assessment for your school
People of Color Conference
SSS Financial Aid Conference
NAIS-TABS Legal Symposium
TABS-NAIS Global Symposium
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Assessment of Inclusivity & Multiculturalism
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