5 Big Bylaw Blunders (Try Saying That 3 Times)

                          As I look forward to a weekend of Bylaw reading and revisions, I started thinking about some of the mistakes I see. They range depending on the organization’s size, field and expertise of its ED. But I almost always see one of […]

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Learning to Plan Better: A Social Entrepreneur’s Best Tool

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We’ve all heard the adage, “fail to plan, and you plan to fail.” But what does that really mean? Is failing to plan as simple as not planning at all? Or do we lump in not planning well? And is it true you always fail if you fail to plan? Or is that the case […]

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Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Updates: A Nonprofit Governance Conference Brief

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Last week I went to the Texas State Bar’s Nonprofit Governance Conference in Austin. And I walked away with a ton of interesting updates. Especially on things like the 1023EZ, audits, fiscal sponsorship and the state of the social enterprise. Here are 7 updates I thought were especially interesting, or at least ones I think […]

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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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