May Be Best Not To Suggest A Donation

May Be Best Not To Suggest A Donation

You may have heard about the lawsuit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art whose signs recommending $25 admission fee was seen as obfuscating the fact you can pay what you want.  The museum has changed their signs to replace “recommended” with “suggested.” (Though recently they have petitioned NYC for permission to charge admission to people who reside outside the city.) However, the widespread practice by arts and cultural organizations of using the term “suggested” can be quite problematic. The For Purpose Law blog recently noted the sticky situation non-profit groups can create … Read more

Protecting Yourself Against Embezzling Grannies

Protecting Yourself Against Embezzling Grannies

Every couple months the treasurer tells our board of directors how easy it would be to embezzle funds due to the lack of sufficient checks and balances. She is especially wary of the fact that current technology allows her to have the bank generate checks at her request rather than having to issue a physical check. The organization is lucky because she has taken the lead on creating better processes and policies, including moving the bulk of the money to an account that is more difficult to access and takes longer to … Read more

start acting like a nonprofit

You Want To Be A Non-Profit? You Have To Start Acting Like One

You know how they say you need to dress for the job you want rather than the job you have? In much the same way, this is true for pursuing non-profit status. A few years back Ellis Carter listed the top five mistakes people make when creating a non-profit organization. Among the mistakes were familiar topics like not copying another organization’s bylaws; using your state template for incorporation (doesn’t have the info the IRS wants); and misclassifying employees as independent contractors. A topic that doesn’t come up as frequently is the necessity … Read more

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