Is the Form 1023EZ Too Easy?: Part III – The Applicant's Decision

It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing recently for the IRS and its Exempt Organizations Division. What with Congressional subpoenas, lost emails, and gloomy tea parties, these federal charity regulators have been taking hits on several fronts. That may be one of the reasons why the beleaguered agency made the decision to go ahead with a flawed and imperfect plan to address the problem of huge delays in approval time Read More

Drafting A Social Media Policy Manual: How Hard Can It Possibly Be?

Social media has been described as a “Wild West” that nonprofits must “tame.”  That should be your first clue. The rules and regulations governing nonprofits were complicated enough before the era of online networking.  If  an organization isn’t allowed to do something in the real world, it certainly can’t do it in the virtual world.  There are just so many more ways on the digital superhighway to take a catastrophic Read More

Is it Advisable to Have an Advisory Board?

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has one.  Charity Navigator, an educational organization, has one, too. The Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest anti-poverty charity, has several, as does  Lifeboat Foundation, a prominent think-tank. What is it?  An advisory board: a group of individuals invited by an organization to provide credibility and guidance. It’s not exclusive to the nonprofit sector -- Read More