Category Archives: Public Affairs & Public Policy

Lots of Annual Activities for Nonprofits to Keep Track of…

A few weeks ago, in this 52 Tips in 52 Weeks column, I noted that marking birthdays reminded me of the annual activities nonprofits need to take care to address in the course of regular business. That article focused primarily … Continue reading

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Nine Annual Actions for Good Governance and Management

Last month, my son turned two years old.  We had a big party with friends and family—pizza, ice cream, balloons, and even a cool 3-dimensional cake in the shape of a train!  I, on the other hand, will celebrate my … Continue reading

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When Did Lobbying Become a Four Letter Word?

Whenever I ask someone who works for a nonprofit if their organization engages in lobbying, they cringe at thought.  We don’t lobby; bBut we educate our legislators about our cause.  We don’t lobby; but we provide comments on the governor’s … Continue reading

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Remaining Non-Partisan

Heightened media scrutiny of nonprofits engaging in public affairs during the last presidential campaign served as a constant reminder that any implication of favoritism or preference toward political candidates can result in the loss of a charity’s tax-exempt status. Although … Continue reading

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Proooofread…proofreead…proofread!

What did we ever do before spell check?  Remember the days when we all had dictionaries at our desks so that we could be sure that our letters included the most appropriate words, spelled and used correctly?  In today’s world, … Continue reading

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