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  • A Letter to Parents and Board Members of Youth Sports

    A Letter to Parents and Board Members of Youth Sports

    While working with parent-run, youth sports boards of directors, I have noticed one specific difference between them and my other clients—longevity.  Board members at hospitals, social service agencies, symphonies, museums, and places of worship have long-standing volunteer careers of board service.  They advance from worker bee to positions of leadership […]

     
  • Texas Nonprofit Fundraisers and Sales Tax

    Texas Nonprofit Fundraisers and Sales Tax

    Now that the holiday season has arrived, I’m seeing many nonprofits promoting their holiday fundraising sales. Everything from candy and fruit cake to gift wrap and candles is available as well as events such as carnivals, breakfasts with Santa, and more. Are you aware of how Texas sales tax may […]

     
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  • Did yesterday’s election affect nonprofit organizations?

    Did yesterday’s election affect nonprofit organizations?

    If you voted in Texas yesterday, you saw a proposed constitutional amendment on your ballot addressing certain organizations’ ability and qualifications to hold charitable raffles. If your organization has ever conducted or plans to conduct a raffle to raise funds, are you well-versed in the law? When I ask people […]

     
  • Increasing Donor Involvement Through the Art of Acknowledgement

    Increasing Donor Involvement Through the Art of Acknowledgement

    Few organizations have truly harnessed the power of simple, yet powerful methods for acknowledging donors and event sponsors. Be aware, however, that by “acknowledgement,” I am not referring to just the “thank you” note for a contribution. I am referring to donor engagement to lead a donor from the simple […]

     
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  • The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 3:  Duty of Obedience

    The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 3: Duty of Obedience

    This post concludes our discussion of the legal responsibilities of nonprofit boards—duty of care, loyalty, and obedience. The duty of obedience requires that you be faithful to the mission of the organization you serve. You are not permitted to take any action that is inconsistent with the organization’s central goals. […]

     
  • The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 2:  Duty of Loyalty

    The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 2:  Duty of Loyalty

    In The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 1, I began a discussion of the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience. Having already covered duty of care, this post addresses the second of these, the duty of loyalty. The duty of loyalty is simply a standard of faithfulness to […]

     
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  • The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 1:  Duty of Care

    The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 1: Duty of Care

    The three duties of nonprofit board members are the well-established standards of conduct and attention that board members must meet under nonprofit corporate law in the daily governance of an organization.  Many board members have told me that when they were recruited for service, they were told such things as: […]

     
  • The Importance of Program Statistics and Evaluation, Part 2

    The Importance of Program Statistics and Evaluation, Part 2

    When it comes to program statics and evaluation…you have to start somewhere! In part one of this topic, I introduced the idea of program evaluation and statistics as important information for justification of your programs. You may be rolling your eyes at me thinking, “I know who our kids are […]

     
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  • The Importance of Program Statistics and Evaluation, Part 1

    The Importance of Program Statistics and Evaluation, Part 1

    A significant amount of my professional work has focused on helping small non-profits achieve their individual missions as well as take that next step in their administrative evolution. Among these groups, the top concern of board members continues to be funding. Not many realize, however, that one of the most […]