A nonprofit legal and policy expert explains why, in terms of state-based regulation of nonprofits, we can anticipate seeing more rather than less activity in the near future and possibly far more in terms of coordinated enforcement and information sharing across state boundaries.
Important reading: This article is part of the series on the nonprofit regulatory environment, and this one focuses on the IRS. Battered and bruised by its recent raking over the coals, the Exempt Organizations unit of the IRS has opened the entrance gates, erected strict internal boundaries, and systematized its exam function. What will that mean for nonprofits like yours? Actually, quite a lot.
With years of experience under her belt working with state charity regulators and enforcement communities, Cindy Lott looks at the directions in which the complex regulatory environment is moving and how nonprofits can expect to be affected by the shifting landscape. This is an important article for all nonprofits and part of a series drawn from our print publication.
Global trends in regulating civil society organizations, particularly those working in human rights and the environment, can be pretty intimidating. United States nonprofits would do well to pay attention to these trends limiting the freedom to pursue charitable missions.
Over the next few weeks, we will be running an important, five-part series on the new nonprofit regulatory environment, which will include articles on the IRS, state regulatory mechanisms, and the trends on a global level. In this first article, Jon Pratt discusses the balance that must be struck in nonprofit regulation, a balance that both jealously protects our First Amendment rights and also requires the best of this sector as stewards of the public trust.
This edition turns out to have been perfectly timed to coincide with a shift that is occurring in our nonprofit regulatory environment.
The notion of a common agenda is often taken for granted as a core need for building collective impact, when in fact it poses a real stumbling block for networks in their early stages.
In our experience, consultants sometimes organize their approach to nonprofit boards around a set of strict norms and assumptions that are not exactly on point. That’s why we love this particular column: It’s a “physician, heal thyself” kind of piece.