Legal Compliance and Ethics

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT Because nonprofits serve important public purposes, nonprofit organizations are granted exemption from most federal, state, and local taxes, and donors are granted a tax deduction for contributions to 501(c)(3) charities. All nonprofits should comply with both the letter and the spirit of federal and state laws, which require disclosure of certain information […]

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MEMBER EXCLUSIVE RESOURCE Nonprofits should periodically conduct an internal review of the organization’s compliance with known existing legal, regulatory, and financial reporting requirements, and should provide a summary of the results to the board of directors. This Checklist covers several main areas, including: Requirements for tax exemption Requirements for corporate startup in Maryland Requirements related […]

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MEMBER EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT Organizations must provide employees, board members, and volunteers a confidential means to report suspected impropriety or misuse of organizational resources. Allowing for and protecting systems that serve to expose misconduct and improprieties and encourage correcting such situations in nonprofits are vital to the health and well-being of charitable nonprofits. Nonprofits should have […]

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MEMBER EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT A conflict of interest exists when a board member, officer, or management employee has a personal interest that is in conflict with the interests of the organization, such that he or she may be influenced by this personal interest when making a decision for the organization. Nonprofits should have a written conflict […]

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MEMBER EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT A code of ethics is a statement of how to put your values into practice. Nonprofits develop codes of ethics and ethics programs as a means of upholding high standards, and to share their vision and values internally and externally. This educational packet will walk you through the 8 steps involved in […]

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