In my home state of Minnesota, nonprofits can apply for property tax exemption if they use their real estate for mission delivery. Usually this is a faceless process, the nonprofit applies on paper and has to send in its 990s and other materials to the county tax assessor.Read Article
This is a question I WISH more founders asked me!Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article