California AG: Charity Governance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Earlier this month, the California Office of the Attorney General (“AG”) published Charity Governance During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here are some excerpted highlights from the publication applicable to California nonprofit corporations with some comments: Emergency Provisions Unless prohibited by the nonprofit’s emergency bylaws, the following actions can be taken to conduct the corporation’s ordinary business […]

Nonprofit Governance: Coronavirus and COVID-19

Nonprofits must recognize and manage the impact of the coronavirus and associated disease known as COVID-19 that has created great concern and fear for an ill-prepared and under-educated country and world. Quarantines, canceled conferences and events, staggering drops in economic markets, deserted public spaces, self-isolation, and social distancing are all eye-opening impacts we’ve increasingly seen […]

Nonprofit Directors and Officers – Not the Same Thing

Many nonprofits fail to respect the differences between directors and officers. When an individual holds both the position of director (i.e., board member) and an officer position (e.g., chair of the board), we often see such individual elected for only the officer position. It is then assumed that such person automatically also becomes a director, […]

Governance and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – JFKU

I’ll be presenting on Governance and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy and The College of Law at John F. Kennedy University on Thursday, May 2. Recent movements have energized the drive towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across our society. Nonprofits have played a major role in these movements, […]

DEI and Bylaws: Board Composition

As we’ve discussed in a previous post, one way to anchor diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) as a core value of an organization is to include DEI principles and language into an organization’s Bylaws. A common starting place for nonprofit corporations is the composition of the board of directors. Each organization should determine for itself […]

Governance Documents: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Nonprofits

The Center for Effective Philanthropy reports that 70% of organizational leaders in the nonprofit sector consider staff diversity to be of great importance, yet only 36% believe they have actually achieved it. Nonprofit organizations that fight to improve social problems should consider incorporating explicit language on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in […]

Governance Committee: 12 Key Tasks

A nonprofit corporation is ultimately governed by its board of directors, but a board may create committees to assist in fulfilling the board’s duties. Among the most common and important committees utilized by boards is a governance committee. The governance committee is generally responsible for reviewing the governance structures and practices of the organization and […]