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Legal Compliance & Public Disclosure

Responsibilities and practices, such as conflict of interest and whistleblower polices, that help charitable organizations comply with their legal obligations and provide information to the public.

1. Laws and Regulations 2. Code of Ethics 3. Conflicts of Interest 4. "Whistleblower" Policy 5. Document Retention and Destruction 6. Protection of Assets 7. Availability of Information to the Public
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The Principles Guide

Principles for good governance and ethical practices, a guide for charities and foundations.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations outlines 33 practices designed to support board members and staff leaders as they work to improve their operations. We encourage staff and volunteers to examine the Principles carefully and determine how they should be applied to their organization.

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Additional Resources

The Principles Workbook provides further support for organizations committed to improving their governance practices by distilling the core concepts in each of the 33 principles, suggesting discussion points, and providing progress worksheets.

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Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations Reference Edition includes legal background for each Principle, studies on self-regulation systems, and a glossary of terms.

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The Final Report, which incorporated input from thousands of people across the charitable community through field hearings and national conference calls, proposes a carefully integrated package of actions from charitable organizations, Congress, and the Internal Revenue Service. It recommends more than 120 actions for charitable organizations, by Congress, and by the IRS, which together would strengthen the sector's transparency, governance, and accountability.

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A Supplemental Report was released in April 2006 and focuses on nine areas, including international grantmaking and charitable solicitation. As with all of the Panel's reports, the more than 30 recommendations incorporated input from people across the charitable community.

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Community Philanthropy Trends in the Nonprofit Sector

Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, recently spoke as a visiting Scholar in Residence at the Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas. Aviv presents her research on the topic of community philanthropy and share reflections on trends in the nonprofit sector. (2/1/13)

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Staff Pick

Advising Non-profit Organizations 2010

This presentation offered from Perlman & Perlman Attorneys at Law addresses key regulations that affect the nonprofit sector, including the newest changes to Form 990 and the increasing role of individual states as overseeing bodies.

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Organizations are required to register before soliciting residents or conducting fundraisers in thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia. If you hire a third-party provider to perform any of these activities for you, it is your responsibility to ensure they comply with state requirements.

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