Directors & Officers Insurance

If you’ve ever wondered about Directors & Officers (D&O) Liability insurance for your nonprofit, Barker-Uerlings Insurance is here to answer your questions. This guest post is from Steve Uerlings. What is Directors & Officers Insurance? Directors & Officers (D&O) Liability Insurance helps cover defense costs and damages (awards and settlements) arising out of Wrongful Acts allegations and lawsuits brought against the members of an organization’s…

Starting a Nonprofit: When, Why, and How

People frequently contact the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship about how to start a new nonprofit. If this is something you’re considering, we’ve written up a few ways to analyze if starting a new organization is necessary and if so, how you can proceed. Consider existing nonprofits that may need your help. You most likely want to start a nonprofit organization because you see a need…

Building a Board Notebook

There’s a lot of important information that your board of directors should have easily at hand. A thorough and complete board notebook (also called a board manual or a board binder) will help keep it all organized. What’s more, a board notebook is an excellent tool for orienting new board members! CNS suggests the following table of contents for your board notebook: Tab 1: Board…

Guest Post from Free Geek: Offering Free and Low-Cost Technology and Support to Nonprofits

Today, we have a guest post from Free Geek, a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon that refurbishes technology and gives it to our community at no or low cost. Hi there! Our mission is to sustainably reuse technology, enable digital access, and provide education to create a community that empowers people to realize their potential. We are very excited to introduce our Hardware Grants program,…

Toolbox: Effective Meetings

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS Most board business is done in meetings and effective meetings don’t just happen, they are made. Ensuring your time together is useful, productive and engaging takes focus and intentional facilitation. Make and distribute a copy of the assessment (available as a PDF here) to each board member at your next board meeting. Take 10 minutes and ask the board to thoughtfully answer…

Changing Tax Laws and Receipts for Donor Contributions in 2019

With the changing tax laws that go into effect this year, many organizations are wondering if receipts for contributions are still necessary since many people are no longer itemizing their deductions. This post has contributions from two expert lawyers, John Gear of John Gear Law, and Don Kramer of Nonprofit Issues. You may be surprised to know that a charity has no legal obligation to…

Better Together: Tools for Working Across Generations

Generational shifts in leadership are happening across all sectors, the nonprofit sector is not unique in facing this challenge. Each generational group has its own unique life experiences, learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, and values. To successfully integrate these diverse generations into your board of directors, organizations will need to embrace changes in recruitment and orientation strategies, how expectations are communicated, and creating an organizational culture that actively demonstrates…

How to Create an Email Voting Policy

In a recent newsletter, we discussed voting by email and the State of Oregon’s requirements that outline how it must be done. Below, are some notes and steps for creating and adopting an email voting policy. Need a refresher? Nonprofits and Email Voting: What Does Oregon Law Allow? Developing a Voting By Email Policy Outlining the potential for voting by email in advance of the…

Nonprofits and Email Voting: What Does Oregon Law Allow?

A question that comes up frequently in our work relates to something we all generally take for granted—communication by email. As our lives are becoming busier and we often turn to the internet to stay connected, many board members wonder about conducting business via email. Is it legal? What are the pitfalls? Many boards are getting work done by email, some even have written policies…