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Micro-Managing Board
Governance

How to Survive a Micro-Managing Board

The micro-managing board members show up to their first board meeting and before they have done anything of substance for the organization, they want to revamp the reports, review the nonprofit’s journal entries, question every expense, and critique the Chief Executive’s management style. One might rightly ask whether these activities are adding value. I would argue that nine times out of ten they are not.

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Arizona Update – Electronic Ballots Legal at Last

HB 2592, which becomes effective on August 6, 2016 (Effective Date), amends A.R.S. §10-3708 to allow the delivery of member ballots through an electronic voting system. It is important to understand this change does not apply to director votes which do not have a written ballot option.

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Nonprofit Management Contracts
Governance

Buyer Beware – Nonprofit Management Contracts

If I could point to the one decision my clients almost always end up regretting, it’s the decision to enter into a comprehensive management contract. Some management companies prey on nonprofits, taking control over the nonprofit’s operations and charging unreasonable fees for services of questionable value.

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Nonprofit Jargon Buster – Directors vs. Trustees

The group of individuals charged with the governance of nonprofits are often referred to interchangeably as directors or trustees. These terms are similar in that they both refer to the group of individuals who have a fiduciary duty to oversee the nonprofit organization. However, from a legal perspective, there are important distinctions.

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School Discipline Policies
Governance

Student Discipline Policies and the Dept of Ed’s Office for Civil Rights

The Guidance is clear “ charter schools must have nondiscriminatory student discipline policies implemented in a nondiscriminatory manner. The Guidance draws a distinction familiar in the area of employment law: disparate treatment and disparate impact. Under Title IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act as well as under Arizona law, charter schools must create and enforce a nondiscriminatory student discipline policy.

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When setting nonprofit executive compensation, consider implementing practices and procedures that ensure its executive compensation procedures are thorough, well-documented, and conflict-free. Doing so will ensure compensation decisions  will stand up to the scrutiny of the media, regulators, and donors, and protect the employee as well as the board from personal liability.
Governance

Managing Conflicts of Interest

Whenever nonprofit directors, officers or staff members’ personal interests are impacted by their decision-making on behalf of the nonprofit, conflicts of interest can arise. All nonprofits encounter conflicts and all nonprofits need to understand effective conflict management.

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Governance

Best of CharityLawyer Blog 2013

At the end of each year we like to look back at our most popular posts to evaluate what our readers are finding most interesting and useful on the blog.

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