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I Just Started a Nonprofit. What About Insurance?

I Just Started a Nonprofit. What About Insurance?

This is a question I WISH more founders asked me! What kind of insurance do I need? A lot of the people I meet with are surprised when I tell them to talk with an insurance agent when they start a nonprofit in Minnesota. For some reason, there’s this assumption that...

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What the heck is a B-Corp?

What the heck is a B-Corp?

When dealing with the idea of becoming 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. People usually...

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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." I'm not endorsing violence, but if you give me a scissors I will...

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Does the Board President Get Veto Power?

Does the Board President 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...

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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 990s. Feels a little invasive doesn't it? Or like…. what do they want them for? Are we in trouble? What Should You Do When Asked About Your 990s? Ask them how they'd like...

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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. Will the nonprofit be...

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