At Tate & Tryon, a firm focusing exclusively on nonprofit accounting and finance, we encounter highly motivated board members, but sadly, many dedicated board members don’t fully understand their responsibilities, particularly when it comes to financial governance.

The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, in partnership with Heidrick & Struggles, has recently released an excellent report exploring how the role of association and nonprofit board members has evolved and what motivates board members to participate.

Here are a few points to focus on if you’re looking to better engage your board.

  • Many boards have yet to institute a formal onboarding process.
  • The mission of an organization is the greatest motivation.
  • Board service requires more time and effort than ever before.

In addition to distinguishing board oversight from day-to-day management, onboarding should also cover a financial orientation focused on educating boards on key drivers of success. How else can a board truly serve its purpose? Getting behind the mission of the organization is the first step, but a structured orientation is a necessary second.

Don’t assume board members come with a built-in knowledge of financial governance.  Help them get the training and awareness they need, so they can help make the board more productive, effective and maximize their impact for your organization.

See the full report.

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Tax-Exempt Organizations and 2017 Tax Reform

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Uncategorized11/23/2017

Dear Friends in the Tax-Exempt Community:
Below is a brief overview of the key tax reform proposals relating to tax-exempt organizations. As you know, Congress is currently putting together legislation to effect significant tax reform with a timeline of having it enacted this year. Although Congress is still negotiating, the following reform proposals may impact your […]

Royalty Income of Nonprofits is Being Targeted for Taxation!

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Uncategorized11/20/2017

The Senate Finance Committee’s version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a number of items that would impact nonprofits.
Perhaps the most immediately significant is the provision that would call for taxing the revenue generated from royalties related to licensing a nonprofit’s name and/or logo. Royalty revenue has traditionally been exempt from income taxes. […]

How Could Federal Tax Reform Impact Nonprofits?

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Exempt Organization Tax11/17/2017

Uncategorized11/17/2017

By:  Doug Boedeker, CPA, Partner
It has been a challenge staying current on the twists and turns involved with the proposals for Federal Tax Reform. Many of the ideas within the tax reform package have a direct impact on nonprofit organizations.
Charitable deductions, executive compensation, employee fringe benefits, and intermediate sanctions are just some of the “hot […]

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