U.S./world – Rules for nonprofits – Modeled on Maryland

Nonprofits in Ohio will asked to comply with voluntary operating standards to be adopted in September by the Ohio Association of Nonprofits Organizations, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported Aug. 27.

Groups meeting the standards, modeled on 1998 guidelines set by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, will be certified by the Ohio association, the newspaper said.

If the rules are approved, the Ohio association will prepare nonprofits to meet the voluntary standards.

The standards aim to make it easier for the public to find out more about charities, including financial and tax information.

The standards are favored by big nonprofits such as United Way agencies because they already are in compliance with most of them, but the standards could be overwhelming for smaller groups, the Plain Dealer said.

For full story, go to The Plain Dealer.

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