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As for-profit companies answer to their share-holders, so too must nonprofits conduct their activities with accountability and transparency to their constituents and the public. Nonprofits should regularly and openly convey information to the public about their mission, activities, accomplishments and decision-making processes. This page provides resources related to best practices and ethical tenants to help your organization in these tasks.

Why Ethics Training Doesn’t Work

Source: NH Business Review
Annabel Beerel, president and CEO of the New England Women’s Leadership Institute, on why current methods of ethics training don't work.
Posted on: February 3, 2014
Topics: Accountability (Ethics) | Leadership

33 Principles for Good Governance Released

Source: Panel on the Nonprofit Sector.
After two years of work, the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, spearheaded by Independent Sector, has released "Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations", containing 33 principles for governance and transparency.

Nonprofits can obtain as many as 100 copies, at no charge, to share with board and staff.

Learn more and get your copies from the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Accountability (Ethics) | Executive

IRS Releases Paper on Good Governance

Source: IRS
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released its final paper on good nonprofit governance practices in six critical areas. The topic areas covered in the paper include the mission, organizational documents, governing body, governance management policies, financial statements and the form 990, and transparency and accountability. Nonprofits can use these recommendations as one resource for a governance checklist. Download a copy of the paper from the IRS.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Executive | IRS | Accountability (Ethics)

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