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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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Congressional Watchdog Releases IRS Report Card

December 18, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Congressional ax, IRS, News, Nonprofits

How are the recent congressional budget cuts affecting the IRS’s exempt organizations division? With growing concern about the effectiveness of IRS oversight of exempt organizations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, non-partisan congressional watchdog, was asked to prepare a report to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs about the division’s …

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Former Executive Director Embezzles $900K from Charity

December 16, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Board, Director Duties, News, Nonprofits

The former Executive Director of We Stay-Nos Quedamos, a South Bronx housing and social services nonprofit, recently pleaded guilty to diverting nearly $900,000 from the organization. How did she do it? According to the New York Attorney General’s office, Yolanda Gonzalez paid her personal expenses, such as payments on her new car and trips to …

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Girl Scout Cookies Go Digital

December 11, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in News, Nonprofits

After years of prohibiting digital sales of its cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA is moving the organization into the digital age with its “Digital Cookie” platform. Why did it take so long? The national organization, which sets policy regarding sales of cookies by the individual councils, was concerned that online sales would not teach …

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Proposed SUN Act Requires Increased Nonprofit Transparency

December 9, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Congressional ax, Donations, News, Nonprofits

Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) recently introduced the Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits Act (The SUN Act), which would require that already public information about nonprofits (specifically, that included on their annual information returns) be made available to the public at no charge in an open, searchable format. The Act specifically would require the information provided be …

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