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What the heck is a B-Corp?

What the heck is a B-Corp?

A lot of the time, the people I meet with have awesome ideas that just don’t need to be a nonprofit, or sometimes they really shouldn’t be a nonprofit.  And sometimes that can be a hard pill to swallow.

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Down with the overhead pie chart!

Down with the overhead pie chart!

You know what I’m talking about, the pie chart you see on annual reports from nonprofits all the time that show a lot of money going to “programs” and a small slice going to “overhead” and “fundraising.”

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Do Board Presidents get veto power?

Do Board Presidents get veto power?

One of the things I’ve noticed in my years as the lawyer for nonprofits is the confusion people have about the board chair or board president role. Sometimes clients come in dealing with some sort of board crisis and sometimes that crisis is interpersonal conflict between board members. You might be surprised to know that sometimes the board President or Chair is the root of the problem.

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What if somebody asks to see our 990s?

What if somebody asks to see our 990s?

So, you get a strange phone call at the office – somebody wants back copies of the organization’s 990. Feels a little invasive doesn’t it? Or like…. what do they want them for? Are we in trouble?

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3 secret tips to be better at board meetings

3 secret tips to be better at board meetings

New nonprofits often start with board members who have no training or experience with running an effective board meeting. And most new boards don’t even realize they are shaping the culture of the organization with that first year of meetings.

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Putting together the board of directors? Here are some things to think about before asking your attorney friend to serve on the board.

Putting together the board of directors? Here are some things to think about before asking your attorney friend to serve on the board.

I work with a lot of people who’d like to start a nonprofit. One of first things I usually have to remind those founders is that a nonprofit startup needs board members. Once I remind them of all the important things the nonprofit board does, it’s up to them to find  people that’ll do a good job. Sometimes, those people are attorneys, and sometimes that can cause problems down the road.

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What Does it Mean to be a Nonprofit Board Member?

What Does it Mean to be a Nonprofit Board Member?

I work with a lot of people who think they’d like to start a nonprofit. One of first things I usually have to remind those founders is that a nonprofit needs board members. Usually, those founders don’t really know how important the board members really are.

I’m going to give you an overview of what the board does and what your legal obligations are as a member of a nonprofit board.  I can help founders understand what you’re asking from these folks and help board members better understand exactly what you are signing up for before you agree to serve on a nonprofit board.

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Nonprofit Myth Busters III: Nonprofits and the IRS

Nonprofit Myth Busters III: Nonprofits and the IRS

Are you dreaming about starting a nonprofit? That’s great! Maybe you aren’t sure whether a nonprofit is the right vehicle for your big idea. That’s okay, too. I spend a lot of time helping people figure out what exactly they should be doing when starting a charity. Breaking down the false ideas and myths about the nonprofit sector ends up being a big part of my work with founders.

In the last two episodes of this series we talked about nonprofit money myths (here) and setting up the board problems (here). This time I want to talk with you about the limiting beliefs around the IRS and nonprofits.

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Nonprofit Myth Busters II: How to set up a board of directors

Nonprofit Myth Busters II: How to set up a board of directors

If you’re here, you’re probably thinking about starting a charity and wondering – how much do you know about the board of directors?

Did you catch the first episode of Nonprofit Myth Busters and are yearning for more?  (check it out here) I’m proud to say this Episode II is free of JarJar Binks (sorry, that’s my Star Wars fan humor showing).

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