Dog Day Finances, Chasing After the Right Stuff

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Dog Day Finances, Chasing After the Right Stuff: Volume 15, Issue 2: Summer 2008

Table of Contents:

Fe a t u r e s

5 Welcome

6 Letters to the Editor

8 Dr. Conflict: The Ethicist is on vacation, but when conflict strikes, there’s still a doctor in the house. by Mark Light

10 Truth or Consequences: The Implications of Financial Decisions: If two sources of funding are good, are three sources better? by Clara Miller

18 A Board’s Guide to Surpluses and Deficits: Is a surplus always a surplus and a deficit always a deficit? Not really. Here’s how you can tell the difference. by Kay Snowden

22 On the Edge: The Financial Health of Human-Service Providers: What can state governments do to support a financial model for human-service providers that ensures their long-term viability?

32 Navigating the Path of Socially Responsible Investment: Socially responsible investment options are no longer just for the large and sophisticated. by Rick Cohen

38 Financial Transactions with Your Board: Who Is Looking?: In a first-of-its-kind study, nonprofits report on their transactions with board members, some for the better and some for the worse. by Francie Ostrower

S p e c i a l S u p p l e m e n t

43 The Slippery Slope of Employment Practices Liability: Avoiding $100,000 employer mistakes. by Charles C. Hewitt

48 NPQ Nonprofit Risk Management Directory 2008

D e p a r t m e n t s

G o v e r n a n c e

50 The Shifting Tides of Nonprofit Governance: An Interview with Paul Light: Which model does your board follow? by the editors

S p i r i t o f O u r Wo r k

54 Mission Haiku: The Poetry of Mission Statements: Can we create powerful, poetic mission statements that stand the test of time? by Christopher Finney

Ad v o c a c y

57 Election 2008: More Organizations Engaging More Voters: Nonprofits engage voters to build community power for long-term change. by Bridgette Rongitsch

P h i l a n t h r o p y

60 “Greenlining” Foundation Grantmaking: Racial Equality Reporting in California: Should foundations report on the racial and ethnic makeup of their grants? by Rick Cohen

67 ARNOVA Abstracts: A selection of the most recent abstracts from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

68 The Take-Away: A summary of the articles in this issue

70 Classifieds

S a t i r e

72 Business Discipline and the Take-Charge Leader: Community Arts Exchange was poised for success and embraced the new leadership that promised to take it there. There were just a few hitches in the plan. by Phil Anthrop