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One Thing Nonprofits Should Learn From Recent Harassment Scandals

Posted on November 12, 2017 by bentakis

Lately, there’s been a flurry of sexual harassment scandals involving celebrities and powerful industry insiders such as Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, and others. The public’s anger at these men has been swift, although in many cases their appalling … Continue reading

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Unconventional Approach to Philanthropy

Posted on December 4, 2015 by bentakis

This week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dropped a bombshell when he announced his plan to donate 99% of his Facebook stock (currently valued at $45 billion) to charitable causes. It was not long until critics started voicing their concerns. While … Continue reading

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How to Conduct a Nonprofit Board of Directors Meeting

Posted on November 18, 2015 by bentakis

A successful and well-run nonprofit depends on a strong Board of Directors, and the primary vehicle for Board involvement is the Board of Directors meeting. Yet many nonprofits give little thought to how their Board meetings are conducted and documented. … Continue reading

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Why and How Should a Nonprofit Create a Subsidiary?

Posted on September 7, 2015 by bentakis

One of the most common issues that comes up in my practice involves the formation of nonprofit subsidiaries. In other words, the creation of independent entities that are controlled (to some degree) by a parent nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Why would … Continue reading

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8 Key Provisions of the Chapter Affiliation Agreement

Posted on August 6, 2015 by bentakis

If you work for a nonprofit that aspires to have a nationwide or worldwide reach, it is likely you’ve spent some time thinking about the topic of local chapters. The chapter model (sometimes called the federation or affiliate model) is … Continue reading

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Nonprofit Reporting Requirements Present Traps for the Unwary

Posted on March 18, 2015 by bentakis

Running a nonprofit organization requires managing a dizzying array of details under stressful circumstances, including overseeing staff and service providers on a limited budget, seeking donations and grants, and navigating the various personalities and preferences on the Board of Directors. … Continue reading

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Personal Liability Exposure from Serving on a Nonprofit Board

Posted on February 9, 2015 by bentakis

Serving on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization can be a rewarding experience that offers the chance to contribute to a meaningful cause and deepen one’s connections and stature within the community. However, the directors on a nonprofit … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Service Provider

Posted on September 29, 2014 by bentakis

I have a guest blog post at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement with some tips on how to find the right service provider for your nonprofit, which previews an upcoming workshop I am teaching at the Center titled “Getting the … Continue reading

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Form 1023-EZ and Political Activity

Posted on August 15, 2014 by bentakis

Tax Analysts has a new piece on the Form 1023-EZ, focusing on the challenges the IRS will face in enforcing the restrictions on 501(c)(3) organizations engaging in political activity. The piece includes a few quotes from me. State and federal … Continue reading

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Five Habits to Avoid Nonprofit Legal Disasters

Posted on July 17, 2014 by bentakis

I have written an article for Tidewater Community College discussing “Five Habits to Avoid Nonprofit Legal Disasters.” The article is a preview for an all-day course I am teaching at Tidewater on August 6 entitled “Navigating the Minefield of Nonprofit … Continue reading

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