Those Pesky Board Minutes Bear More Attention Than You Are Giving Them

Those Pesky Board Minutes Bear More Attention Than You Are Giving Them

You may view the minutes of board meetings as an annoying procedure to which you can pay little attention, but they are actually important documents that form the legal basis of a non-profit’s activities. Back in 2011, Emily Chan wrote two posts about the importance of Board Meeting Minutes for the Non-Profit Law blog. Until they closed the comments in the Spring of this year, the blog publisher, Gene Takagi, was regularly answering questions about proper procedures related to board minutes. The first post deals with common mistakes and the proper record … Read more

Quickly Tell Me About The Rules For Non-Profits

Quickly, Tell Me About The Rules For Non-Profits

It can be difficult to communicate the different legal regulations that non-profits operate under in order to help people understand what your organization can and can’t do. Non Profit Law blogger and attorney, Gene Takagi created a Non Profit Law 101 for Journalists which provides a quick summary of the basic regulations under which 501 (c) (3) organizations need to operate. Of course, in addition to journalists, the piece can serve as a quick reference for staff and board members when they want to get a general sense about the rules for … Read more

Board Service. All About the Gs.

The Old Gs I was recently very encouraged to read the idea “that [non-profit] boards must be packed with influential connectors” is becoming increasingly obsolete. Learning this was a relief to me, and probably a lot of people, who have worked in arts organizations where board membership was often defined by the narrow philosophy of “get, give or get off” – essentially, solicit donations, make a donation or get off the board. It might be forgiven then if you viewed the purpose of a board of directors to be fund raising. The … Read more