Winter 2006 Article Reprints

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Reframing Governance
Reframing Governance
Are boards irrelevant? Author David Renz argues that while many in the nonprofit world have been increasingly vocal in expressing concern that nonprofits are not developing different forms of governance, the form has changed on its own.
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Trust, Authenticity, and Community: Our Vital Assets
Trust, Authenticity, and Community: Our Vital Assets
Bill Schambra’s remarks at last fall’s Nonprofit Congress National Meeting call the nonprofit sector to respond to our society’s widespread sense of disconnection and uncertainty by focusing acutely on the sector’s unique community building mission.
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Citizens at the Center: A Refocused Approach to Civic Engagement
Citizens at the Center: A Refocused Approach to Civic Engagement
Are volunteering and voting enough to ensure civic renewal in America? Cynthia Gibson says they are good but insufficient to engage our citizenry, and she urges nonprofits to recognize the central importance of citizen-focused and citizen-driven approaches to public problem solving.
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System-Wide Governance for Community Empowerment
System-Wide Governance for Community Empowerment
How can nonprofits better embody the principles of democracy and inclusion we seek to advance as a sector? This article describes the change process at Centro Presente, a community based organization that underwent an internal democratization process as it sought to become more accountable to its constituency.
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Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club: Mistakes You Need Not Make
Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club: Mistakes You Need Not Make
Using the case study of corruption at the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx, author Paul Sieminski examines what went wrong at this local organization and what nonprofits can do to avoid similarly disastrous results.
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Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club: Implications of the Scandal
Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club: Implications of the Scandal
Rick Cohen traces the fallout of the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club scandal and reminds us of the pitfalls of relying solely on government oversight and self-regulation and the need for nonprofit leaders to prioritize ethics and accountability regardless of political ideology.
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Honest, Not Onerous: The “New” Accountability Environment
Honest, Not Onerous: The “New” Accountability Environment
What will the nation’s 2006 mid-term elections bring in terms of nonprofit regulation? While recent legislation and regulation have been implemented through a number of legislative and administrative vehicles, the Senate Finance Committee has championed reform efforts at the national level.
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You’re Paying What? How to Set Executive Compensation
You’re Paying What? How to Set Executive Compensation
How much is too much compensation for nonprofit executives and why should boards be concerned? Maybe because the IRS is concerned, taking action, and pulling cases out for review.
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Effective Board Chair–Executive Director Relationships: Not About Roles!
Effective Board Chair–Executive Director Relationships: Not About Roles!
Are clear and distinct roles and responsibilities between an organization’s board chair and its executive director the primary considerations in building an effective partnership?
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Branson, Google, and Clinton: Philanthropy’s X-Men
Branson, Google, and Clinton: Philanthropy’s X-Men
In the fall of 2006, former president Bill Clinton shared the stage with Virgin Atlantic founder and CEO Richard Branson to discuss their shared concepts of philanthropy and to announce Branson’s investment of $3 billion in social ventures related to alternative fuels.
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Which Light is Right? Healthy Coexistence or Too Many Nonprofits?
Which Light is Right? Healthy Coexistence or Too Many Nonprofits?
Are there too many nonprofits? Paul and Mark Light tackle this question and related well-worn complaints about our sector: proliferation, inefficiency, and duplication of effort.
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E-Filing Update
E-Filing Update
In 2006, for the first time, several thousand organizations with more than $100 million in assets and more than 245 employees or contractors were required to e-file their Form 990s with the IRS.
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Bleeding-Edge Technologies: New Challenges for Nonprofits
Bleeding-Edge Technologies: New Challenges for Nonprofits
The author addresses some of the challenges of acquiring or using new technologies and how open source (vs. proprietary) software has enabled nonprofits to pursue innovative and lower-cost solutions for their needs.
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Nonprofit Breaches of Sarbanes-Oxley: The Terrible Truth
Nonprofit Breaches of Sarbanes-Oxley: The Terrible Truth
Just at the point when the legislative conversations in Washington, DC, indicate that Sarbanes-Oxley is likely to be somewhat relaxed even for the corporate sector, a research report is produced that shows that nonprofit organizations are not in compliance with standards of the act . . . that don’t apply to them! What a revelation!
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