Posts Categorized: Board

Beware the Attorney General: Scrutiny of Director Compensation on the Rise

Recent California Attorney General (“AG”) audits should make every nonprofit board beware the Attorney General. This charity regulator appears to be doubling down on its scrutiny of director compensation. Under the California Nonprofit Corporation Law (the “Nonprofit Law”), the AG has the authority  to look into virtually every aspect of a charity’s operations. This broad …

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Fiscal Sponsorship: 10 Things to Know

January 14, 2021 Posted by Casey Summar in Board, Fiscal sponsors, Non-profits, Nonprofits, Pandemic

Fiscal sponsorship is one of the topics we have been receiving a surge of inquiries about during the pandemic at The Law Firm for Non-Profits. Some of these inquiries are driven by organizations seeking a way to respond quickly to one of the myriad challenges facing our country. Others are looking for a way to …

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Nonprofit Operations During a National Emergency

May 8, 2020 Posted by Kristen Anderson in Board, National emergency, Nonprofits

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts normal nonprofit operations, many nonprofit leaders are wondering how to operate their organizations during a national emergency. For many nonprofit boards, this may be the first time they have had to govern during a crisis. Although it may be difficult, or at times impossible, to continue with normal board actions, …

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The Right Mindsight to Survive the Pandemic

The world will be a different place when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. But the world will still be here. At that time, there will be work to be done, needs to be met and new opportunities for all of us who don’t succumb to negativity, paralysis or panic. As one of the most successful species …

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Are Nonprofits "Follow the Money" Obsessed?

Have the leaders of nonprofits been overly incentivized to “follow the money,” resulting in a troubling shift in the composition of boards? The answer is yes according to a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The trend may be “distort[ing] organization priorities” and may “dilute charitable values.” According to the author, Garry W. …

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Will the Real Directors Please Stand Up

December 22, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Board, Director Duties, News, Nonprofits

There is a lot of confusion among nonprofits with regard to ex officio directors. Who are they and how are they different from other directors? The term ex officio comes from Latin and means “from the office.” Thus, an ex officio director is a member of the board because he or she holds a specific …

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