Doing the Right Things
On my hiatus (otherwise known as "vacation"), I read a good deal about the U. S. Senate Finance Committee's review of the federal rules regarding nonprofits, and even had a couple anxious e-mails from students who wonder what impact the items being debated would have on their programs.
First we need to remember that no legislation has been passed as of the middle of August when I am writing this. Additional oversight items are just being discussed. Many of the items discussed are targeted in particular to charitable foundations, credit-counseling groups and charities with assets of over $250,000.
However, smaller charities are worried, rightly so, that they will be included and that the increased oversight will require voluminous paper shuffling and reports, consuming already limited staff time.
Much, however, that is being mentioned by the Committee is already "best practice" of well-managed charities, and should be emulated by all whether the government requires it or not. For example:
Nonprofits have certain tax benefits because they are organized to serve the public interest. They need to remember this and be prepared to justify their existence.
Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.
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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 and Passionate Volunteerism. 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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