November 2011 Newsletter

November 2011 Newsletter

From Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

covering the following topics:

“Arts in the Real World” Seminar Presented by TALA Hosted by CentralTrak in Dallas 11/02/11

Fall 2011 Nonprofit Legal and Financial Series Presented by Houston TSCPA Foundation, United Way of Greater Houston, and TALA 11/08/11

Nonprofit Orientation with Erin Rodgers 11/09/11


“Arts in the Real World” Seminar Presented by TALA Hosted by CentralTrak in Dallas November 2, 2011

TALA presents the second part of “Arts in the Real World”, a two-part seminar designed to provide working artists of all discliplines basic information on a number of business-related topics. Part Two will feature TALA Advisory Board Member Jamie Baker and longtime TALA supporter Meg Gibson presenting a session featuring insurance for artists, contract reviews, contract legal terminology, and other topics. This session will begin at 5:30pm with time for a Q&A. Please RSVP at [email protected] or just drop in.

“Business of Art” Presented by Jamie Baker and Meg Gibson Hosted at CentralTrak in Dallas
Part Two: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
800 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226

“Fall 2011 Nonprofit Legal and Financial Series” at United Way of Greater Houston Presented by Houston TSCPA Foundation, United Way of Greater Houston, and TALA, Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Maintaining appropriate fiscal oversight is a critical and multifaceted requirement for all nonprofit organizations. Join us for a discussion of various techniques for accomplishing this goal, how to customize procedures based on the size and resources of the organization and the primary responsibilities of various individuals and groups who are an important part of the process. Discussion of processes and players will include Techniques ( risk assessment, internal controls, budgeting, and financial reporting) and Responsibilities (management, finance committee, board of directors, auditors). This is an excellent session for board members as it will provide an overview of the elements they need to exercise their financial stewardship obligations.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To address issues of concern and interest to accounting and legal professionals who perform services for nonprofits, board treasurers, and financial staff members of nonprofits.

LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION: Overview/Update; PREREQUISITE: Familiarity with nonprofit administration or accounting; CPE CREDIT: 3 Hours

Cost to take part is $40 (A total of 3 hours of CPE credit is avaialable for CPA’s) and forms may be downloaded and faxed to 713.622.3327. Sandwiches and chips will be provided. For any additional questions, please contact Elyse Turla at 713.622.7733.

“Reinforcing Your Fiscal Infrastructure” at United Way of Greater Houston Presented by Houston TSCPA, United Way of Greater Houston, and TALA
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive at Feagan
Houston, TX 77007

Nonprofit Orientation with Erin Rodgers, Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TALA Staff Attorney Erin Rodgers will lead an informative session designed for those interested in forming a tax exempt, nonprofit corporation, covering the basic function and structure of exempt organizations, bookkeeping and tax issues related to exempt organizations, and other pertinent information. There will be time for questions and answers during the session. This program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

Non-Profit Orientation Presented by Erin Rodgers
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
1540 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006

TALA Board Member Robert “Rex” Schuler’s Fundraising for Nonprofits

TALA Board Member Robert “Rex” Schuller’s informative blog, “The Business of Arts” features a great article on fundraising events tax rules for nonprofits. Click here to read and learn more.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE POP! The 2011 TALA Gala a smashing success

We’d like to take a moment to thank the many people who helped make POP! an event to remember:
The sponsors who helped to make this event possible, including:
Diageo Chateau Estate Wines
Dripping Springs Vodka
HTown StrEATs
St. Arnold Brewing Company
Silver Eagle Distribution
Spring Street Studios
Sprinkles Cupcakes
STP Images
The Ticket Experience
Lexis Florist
Andree Tullier
Winter Street Studios
The many donors who contributed towards our Silent Auction
Our Three Wonderful 2011 TALA Honorees:
Aaron Parazette, Artist of the Year
Daniel Krohn, Karen Susman Volunteer of the Year
Mercury Baroque, Organization of the Year
To the many artists who donated their work towards the Art Auction to help TALA raise additional funding to support it’s probono services across Texas!
And to the Gala Committee and especially our 2011 Gala Chair, Maidie Ryan, for pulling off one of the best events in TALA’s history.


A portion of TALA’s programs and services are generously supported by The Anchorage Foundation, The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston Endowment, Gainer Donnelly & Desroches LLP Certified Public Accountants, and The Texas Commission on the Arts.

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