Why “Can My Board Fire Me?” is the Wrong Question

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If I had a dime for every time a founder shows more thoughtfulness choosing Mario Kart characters than its board appointments…well….I’d have a boatload of dimes. But the easiest way to maintain an organization’s vision is to spend as much time as possible vetting board members and their fit with said mission. Treat the decision […]

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For a Good to Great Privacy Policy Ask Questions

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Originally appeared on Texas Nonprofits at http://www.txnp.org/Article/?ArticleID=18750 A few years ago I did a podcast on the importance of having a privacy policy. Now, with cyber attacks as regular as the sunset the topic is more relevant than its ever been. Thankfully, organizations are heeding the calls to put something in place. Unfortunately, what’s put in […]

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Takeaway From Bill and Melinda’s Chicken-Gate: Dialogue is Key

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You’d have to be “cooped” up to miss the “feathers” Bill Gates ruffled in his “fowl” up a few week’s ago (that’s it for the puns, I promise). Gates announced he’s donating chickens, in partnership with Heifer International, in an effort to combat poverty. No one is sure how, or why, but Bolivia was believed […]

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The 501(c)(4) Change No One’s Talking About

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Attention all you 501(c)(4)er’s. The IRS announced that those who intend to operate as a 501(c)(4) have to notify them of its intention via an electronic Form 8976. Honestly, this has been my face reading through the new Revenue Procedure. How is no one talking about this?! It fundamentally shifts what, up until now, has […]

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How To Create A Kick-butt Org Chart

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Current State of the Org Chart Org charts get a bad wrap. With them falling somewhere between the 6-hour cable window and telephone customer service on the “helpful” scale. But utility all depends on use. In other words, whether or not they are helpful depends on how and why you use them. Won’t you join […]

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What To Watch For In A Fiscal Sponsor

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Every now and again, the social impact space circles back to a familiar but intriguing idea. Not a new concept, fiscal sponsorship continually resurfaces as a popular option. And why not? As founders continue to innovate, and we continue to see loose networks mobilize for change, the idea of doing charitable deeds while hedging risk […]

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Starting A Nonprofit- A Posts Roundup

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While I work on a post about organization charts (and how you’re not using them to your advantage), enjoy this round-up of posts on “starting a nonprofit.” Another Way To Understand Nonprofit Entities The IRS 1023 Change You Should Check Out Should My Nonprofit Use the 1023-EZ Form?: The Pro’s and Con’s Have You: Decided […]

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