Nonprofit Law and Ethics

Nonprofits are subject to laws with which they must comply or face the possibility of legal penalties. But they are also subject to ethical expectations from their key stakeholders. Certainly, many ethical standards are codified in the law. For example, compensating an executive of a charity an excessive amount...

Stanford Digital Impact Convening – February 2018

On February 14, 2018, I had the pleasure of participating in an international convening of about 50 members of the digital impact community at Stanford University, which was scheduled to immediately precede the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Data on Purpose conference. Many thanks to Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar at...

Nonprofit Corporation Legal Audit

All too often, whether a nonprofit corporation is legally compliant in its operations receives attention only after a conflict or issue arises. Instead, a nonprofit corporation can better prevent such conflicts and protect itself through regular legal audits of its corporate governance, federal and state tax exemption, other federal...

Fraud: Protecting Your Nonprofit

Following up on our earlier post on fraud in the nonprofit sector, here are some tips for preventing fraud and the diversion of charitable assets: Create a Strong Policy Against Fraud:  Organizations should create comprehensive and forceful policies that go beyond the words on paper. The policies should incorporate...