California AB 1712: Donor Advised Funds

California Assembly Bill 1712, introduced by Assembly Member Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) on February 22, 2019, expresses “the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would relate to donor advised funds for the purpose of improving transparency and accountability through annual reporting requirements, promoting best practices, and requiring minimum...

Ex Officio Director – What? Why? How?

Many nonprofits use the term “ex officio director” (or “ex officio board member”) without a clear understanding of what the term means and how to properly incorporate one or more ex officio directors in their governance structures. Definitions  The term director refers to an individual serving as a voting...

How Independent Audits and Audit Committees Protect Nonprofits

A nonprofit’s viability may depend heavily on the organization’s financial credibility. Proper financial management is essential to the health of any nonprofit and may be pivotal to the protection of the organization’s mission and consequent effectiveness and efficiency. Independent audits and audit committees can help nonprofits make informed financial decisions...