Nonprofit Governance: Law, Practices, and Trends

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A complete analysis of the law, practices, and trends of nonprofit governance from two of the nation's leading lawyers on the law of tax-exempt organizations

Recent scandals in the charitable sector as well as the adoption of a myriad of nonprofit best practices and guidelines have created a need and demand for better governance of nonprofits. In Nonprofit Governance, renowned author Bruce R. Hopkins and his law partner, Virginia Gross, share their combined decades of legal expertise to provide a comprehensive, authoritative examination of the law, practices, and trends of nonprofit governance.

In this comprehensive, one-stop resource, Hopkins and Gross deftly summarize the law that exists and explain and evaluate the many good governance principles that have been promulgated. Nonprofit Governance helps leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations, and their lawyers, accountants, and advisors, to:

  • Understand the legal backdrop for nonprofit governance
  • Sift through the numerous good governance principles and guidelines
  • Select the ones that most appropriately apply to their particular organization
  • Devise suitable policies and procedures
  • Improve their operations and effectiveness
  • Undertake a comprehensive governance legal audit
  • Be in a position to file Forms 990 that cast them in the best possible light regarding nonprofit governance

Nonprofit Governance is a must-read for anyone facing good governance decisions in a nonprofit organization and is lost in the maze of conflicting principles, ever-increasing policies and procedures, murky law, and the intensity of the IRS in insisting on adoption of various principles in the absence of legal requirements for them.

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About the author (2009)

Bruce R. Hopkins is a senior partner with the firm Polsinelli Shughart PC. He is also the author or coauthor of more than twenty-five books, all published by Wiley, including The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Ninth Edition; The New Form 990; and Nonprofit Law Made Easy. Hopkins earned his juris doctorate and master of laws degrees at The George Washington University. He has practiced law for forty years and is a member of the District of Columbia and Missouri bars.

Virginia C. Gross is a shareholder of Polsinelli Shughart PC. Ms. Gross concentrates her practice in the field of nonprofit law and is a frequent writer and speaker on nonprofit issues. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for nonprofit organizations/charity law for 2008 and 2009. She is a coauthor of The New Form 990, published by Wiley. Ms. Gross earned her juris doctorate at the University of Texas. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Texas, Missouri, and Kansas bars.

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