April 27, 2015


The Nonprofit Ethicist: Divided Board Loyalties and Fundraising Quandaries

EthicistFrom confusions around duty of loyalty to the advisability (or not) of regifting gifts in kind, there is no complicated situation that the Nonprofit Ethicist cannot untangle. 

Not Adding to the Problem: Seven Ways Your Nonprofit Can Avoid Mirroring Practices That Perpetuate Inequality


Nonprofits must perform continual self-assessment to ensure that they are not contributing to the inequality that permeates the larger culture. This article presents seven key practices every nonprofit should adopt.



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Tales from the Nonprofit Crypt

RuthOver the years, I have heard way too many stories about bad endings between CEOs and nonprofits.

Court of Appeals to Directors of Nonprofits: “Nonprofit” Does Not Mean “No Risk for You”



The business judgment rule offers directors some protection, but it is not an all-purpose shield against claims based on dereliction of duty, let alone disloyalty or self-dealing.


An Unusual Employee Onboarding Requirement—Or Is It?

Holocaust MuseumNonprofits might want to think about this values-laden example of an employee onboarding process and consider what they themselves can do.

Judicial Standing Should Not Be the Only Standing that Matters at Sweet Briar

Save Sweet BriarJudicial standing is one thing; basic respect for partners who have long invested their time and treasure in you on the understanding that your futures are tied up together is another.

Nonprofit Leaders and Their Conflicts

RuthIf you are conflict avoidant you probably should not aspire to lead a nonprofit, because it can be very VERY rough sometimes.

NeighborWorks Doesn’t Miss a Beat after Unwarranted “Exposé”


Crisis FundWhatever came of that scathing Bloomberg News article about NeighborWorks? We can’t find anything, and the NeighborWorks America network is simply plugging along doing what it has always done to rebuild and revitalize urban and rural communities.