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Advancing Nonprofit Stewardship Through Self-Regulation: Translating Principles into Practice

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In 2004, Senators Grassley and Baucus requested that Independent Sector, the major trade organization for nonprofits in the US, convene a panel to recommend actions to strengthen nonprofit governance and ethical standards. They expressed concern that current laws and guidelines failed to hold tax-exempt organizations accountable. After embarking upon an industry collaborative, Independent Sector’s advisory panel issued a report in October 2007, highlighting 33 principles it recommended nonprofits adopt. The ...

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Overview

In 2004, Senators Grassley and Baucus requested that Independent Sector, the major trade organization for nonprofits in the US, convene a panel to recommend actions to strengthen nonprofit governance and ethical standards. They expressed concern that current laws and guidelines failed to hold tax-exempt organizations accountable. After embarking upon an industry collaborative, Independent Sector’s advisory panel issued a report in October 2007, highlighting 33 principles it recommended nonprofits adopt. The report was overwhelmingly welcomed by the nonprofit sector, but the daunting challenge of implementing these principles remains.

Advancing Nonprofit Stewardship Through Self-Regulation points the way forward for nonprofits by identifying specific strategies for implementing Independent Sector’s principles. It also urges other researchers and practitioners to create competing strategies of implementation to give nonprofits choice. This lucid and brief guidebook shows how organizations can navigate demands for increased accountability and transparency through constructing and executing improved bylaws while creating a setting of integrity and trust. It is essential reading not only for all US nonprofits but for NGOs facing similar challenges around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565494084
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Corbett has been an independent researcher since 2006 with a focus on applying community psychology principles to the nonprofit sector, with an emphasis on prevention and system level change to build more supportive communities. He is an active member of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Div. 27 American Psychological Association), the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR).

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Table of Contents

Foreword — David Horton Smith Preface
1) Introduction
Part I: 33 Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice from thr Panel on Nonprofit Sector Convened by Independent Sector
2) Principles for Legal Compliance and Public Disclosure
3) Principles for Effective Governance
4) Principles for Strong Financial Oversight
5) Principles for Responsible Fundraising
Part II: From Principles to Action
6) Accountability and Enforcement
7) Options for Boards
8) Conclusion

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