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Look here for infomation and the latest techniques to develop your board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.

~ May 2004 ~ Topic

Taking a Hard Look at Your Organization’s Operations

  • "Board Accountability An increased emphasis on nonprofits," Nonprofit Times, October 15, 2003
  • "Nonprofit Groups Urged to Follow Governance Act," Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 30, 2003
  • "IRS Outlines Audit Plans for Nonprofit Organizations," Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 16, 2003
  • "Study: Charity Fraud Exceeds $1 Billion," Chronicle of Philanthropy, reporting on a report issued by Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, November 27, 2003
  • "What Congress Can Do to Fight Charity and Foundation Abuses," Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 18, 2004

The above are only a few of the headlines that have appeared over the last 6+ months demonstrating that the nonprofit community is being looked at very carefully by regulators - perhaps as an offshoot of the recent for-profit corporation scandals.

Boards need to be aware of this and be sure they take time to examine their operations regularly, including conflicts of interests, fund raising costs, the need for and operations of an audit committee, controls in the handling of money, lobbying restrictions and over-all conformity with state and federal regulations governing nonprofits. For more information, see the websites listed below.

Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.

See our online bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: The Board Member’s Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today. Also check out Risk Management: Stragegies for Managing Volunteer Programs by Sarah Henson & Bruce Larson .
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Jeanne H. Bradner
Jeanne H. Bradner is an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board development and leadership. She is the author of three publications, The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today. She served as director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.

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