What Defines the Culture of Your Nonprofit Board?

The General Motors debacle is fresh in everyone’s minds. A deficit in the company culture was recognized as being responsible for the disaster that resulted in the deaths of 13 people. Board members at GM were obviously not culpable since the board was many levels above the people who were negligent in changing the defective

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Should lawyers who represent clients averse to the organization’s mission be on the board?

Question: The primary mission of our nonprofit membership organization is to end domestic violence. We provide direct services to victims, but not legal representation. Several of our directors are family lawyers who occasionally represent offenders in domestic violence protection order cases and resulting criminal cases. Some of our members feel this is contrary to, and therefore a violation of, our mission. Some also feel it is a violation of the canons of ethics for the attorneys to represent offenders if they are committed to our mission. Is there any merit in either argument, and, if so, do we need to exclude family and criminal lawyers from our Board?

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Getting Ready for Collaborative Grantwriting

As grants professionals, we collaborate with people all of the time, as it is an essential component of our work. Whether we are requesting reporting information from funders, providing technical assistance support to grantees (or sub-grantees), or working with our financial team to craft a budget, we are constantly communicating with various internal and external

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Capital Grants: Do You Know the Five Essential Elements?

Capital grants are unique in the grants world. They are the most time-limited of projects with finite objectives and closed-end Gantt charts. Moreover, opportunities for capital grants are highly competitive. As we speak, I am aware of at least ten multi-million-dollar capital campaigns in progress within sixty miles of my home. That is a lot

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What Do We Mean When We Say “Nonprofit”?

We often start our lectures by quizzing the participants on their understanding of “nonprofits.” By show of hands, how many think the following organizations are nonprofits? The Bill Gates Foundation; your church, synagogue, or mosque; the local United Way; the local community foundation; a major local university such as Harvard; a local social service organization;

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IRS Explains How to Reinstate Automatically Revoked Exempt Status

The IRS has issued a new Revenue Procedure (2014-11) outlining four ways for tax-exempt organizations that have lost their exempt status for failing to file required tax returns for three consecutive years to regain their exempt status, with possible retroactive reinstatement. The procedures differ based on the size of the organization, the speed after revocation

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