The Critical Policies Every Nonprofit Needs

Policies are an absolutely critical part of any nonprofit’s infrastructure, and it’s important to set them up correctly from the beginning. The right policies help everyone know what’s expected of them and helps create the right habits and patterns from the beginning. Without the right policies to start, organizations end up creating them as a reaction to things that happen, and that’s both expensive and ineffective.

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Alexandra Bliss
Benefits and Challenges of Merging Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit mergers are pretty rare right now, but they shouldn’t be. Those of us who work in the nonprofit sector maintain that mergers are an advantageous way to save programs that find themselves unable to acquire the funding necessary to stay afloat. It’s a smart business decision to combine forces and tackle a problem rather than trying to do it separately, but it can also be a challenging process primarily due to the human factor involved. Here are three key steps to navigating the process.

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Alexandra Bliss
Legal Pitfalls Every Nonprofit Should Be Aware Of

There are a lot of rules governing nonprofits, many of them written by the IRS because they’re related to an organization’s tax-exempt status. In our years of practicing nonprofit law, we’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to missteps and mistakes by nonprofits. Here are some of the most common legal pitfalls we see and how to avoid them.

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Alexandra Bliss
Understanding Different Types of Charitable Giving

If you have significant funds available and want to give back to your community, there are many ways to make that happen with charitable giving. While every option has some tax advantages for the donor, each requires a different level of time commitment from the donor and offers a different level of control.

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Alexandra Bliss
Using Advisory Committees to Support Your Board

Nonprofit organizations have a decent amount of flexibility in how they are structured in terms of the board and advisory committees. Some organizations want a small board intentionally, while others struggle to recruit enough volunteers to fill their board. For many nonprofits, especially smaller startup organizations, serving on a board role can require a significant time commitment.

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Alexandra Bliss
How to Start a Nonprofit the Right Way

So you’re passionate about a particular issue in your community, and you want to start a nonprofit? That’s great! But before you get too far into the process, it’s important to understand what’s really involved in starting a nonprofit. Here are five key questions to ask in order to start a nonprofit the right way.

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Alexandra Bliss