In this age of increased oversight, what are three ways nonprofits can improve their governance?
The legal standard for board governance remains unchanged and generally is the same as for for-profit boards.
What has changed is recognition of the nonprofit sector's history and acceptance of poor governance practices.
Efforts to regulate the sector will continue until
Teen volunteering high
The study, conducted by the Corporation for National and Community service, the
Red Cross call centers cited in scam
* Federal authorities say a scheme to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Red Cross program to get cash to Katrina victims has resulted in the indictment of nearly 50 people, the Washington Post reported
Children’s museum turns one
Ethics, Part 6
The growing focus on nonprofit ethics has spawned a broad range of voluntary initiatives and services, including training seminars and workshops, and ethical codes and standards adopted by membership organizations and individual nonprofits.
Some of those codes and standards draw from the federal Sarbanes-Oxley corporate-disclosure law.
Some experts like Naomi Levine of the George H. Heyman
Jewish federation launches drive
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Jewish Federation has kicked off its 2006 annual campaign, aiming to raise $1.65 million, up from $1,624,000 it raised in its 2005 campaign from 1,150 contributors.
The main agencies benefiting from the campaign include Jewish Family Services, B’nai Shalom Day School, NC-Hillel and programs overseas.
Social investing receives boost
The Calvert Foundation, based in Bethesda, Md., offers Calvert Community Investment Notes as a way for investors to earn financial returns while combating poverty.
The notes pay a fixed rate of interest, up to 3 percent, determined when the note is purchased, and benefit communities through investments in areas like affordable housing, job creation, micro-lending and fair-trade agriculture.
Managing volunteers a critical task
Cultivating an exceptional volunteer base is a task that should be approached with a high level of both sincerity and support.
Great volunteers are recruited by great volunteer managers.
These administrators are trained in all aspects of volunteer management, participate in ongoing educational opportunities and belong to a professional network of other volunteer managers.
They also have developed a structured volunteer program that incorporates an application process, orientation, individual interviews, training and ongoing support.
Tightwads a drag on change