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4 No-Nonsense Reasons to Take Good Minutes – Part 1

Taking minutes arguably tops the list of “most thankless jobs,” and those who assume the role often wish they hadn’t been such a willing volunteer. But accurate minutes are a parliamentary procedure “must” for all non-profits...more

Developments in Association Law, 2016 – 2017

There have been important legal developments at the federal and state levels for nonprofit organizations. - Takeaways - Nonprofits continue to experience Federal government and private litigant antitrust enforcement....more

A Quick Guide to Voting Terms (Plus PDF Download)

Attend a meeting or read an organization’s rules, and you’re likely to encounter a variety of voting terms. Parliamentary procedure (e.g., the rules of Robert’s Rules and other parliamentary procedure guidebooks) helps us out...more

Hurricane Irma: Maximizing Insurance Recoveries

Hurricane Irma’s epic scope and wind speed suggest that affected businesses and other organizations take immediate and proactive steps to maximize insurance recovery....more

Demand Futility Isn't Dead For Derivative Actions Against Non-Profit Corporations

by Brooks Pierce on

You probably thought that you would never again have to argue that a demand on a corporation's board of directors before filing a derivative action should be excused because it would have been futile. That's because the...more

Quick Fix: How to Get Rid of Time-Wasting Committee Reports

You know the drill….the meeting that drags on forever because of unnecessary committee reports. There is good news straight from the parliamentary procedure powers that be: You do not have to include “Time-Wasting Committee...more

Hurricane Harvey: Insurance Implications [Updated]

Hurricane Harvey and its associated rainfall have simply devastated much of southeastern Texas. Many areas were left inaccessible, or without water or power services. Evacuation and curfew orders limited travel and...more

3 Wrong Ways to Facilitate Discussion at a Meeting

Discussing….presenting ideas….asking questions. Parliamentary procedure allows all of this, right? But, you’re thinking, there’s this guy who always speaks up. Or there’s the member who asks the strangest questions – the...more

Charities: Increased Corporatisation and Its Impact On The Pro Bono Space

by Morgan Lewis on

The increased adoption of a corporate structure by charities has resulted in enhanced pro bono opportunities for law firms in Singapore....more

New Sales Tax Exemption for Georgia Fine Arts Non-Profits

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

On August 21, 2017, the Georgia Department of Revenue released Policy Bulletin SUT-2017-07 providing a sales tax exemption for sales of tickets, fees, or charges for admission to certain fine arts performances or exhibitions...more

Shhh, It’s a Secret — What No One Tells You About Executive Session

“Executive session” is fancy meeting terminology for a secret proceeding. You probably already knew that much, but conducting a proper closed-door meeting requires knowing a bit more. Here are a few parliamentary pointers...more

IRS Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee for the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division

by Bryan Cave on

The IRS is seeking applicants for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The committee provides advice and public input on the various areas of tax administration served by the Tax...more

Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? Part 2

My last post provided the simple answer to why organizations still use (the seemingly outdated, archaic-sounding) parliamentary procedure: They use it because they are following state law, or because their bylaws say that...more

Developments in the U.S. Tax Treatment of UK Charities

by DLA Piper on

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the U.S. tax exempt status of 195 prominent UK charities by posting their names on a website. These UK charities will find it harder to attract support from U.S. individuals and...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A new article published in the Harvard Business Review confirms that the preservation of reputation continues to be a significant motivating concern for individual board members. This is a factor that should be taken...more

Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? Part 1

I know the blank stares and incredulous looks very well. “Parliamentary what?” “Oh, Robert’s Rules . . . . right. I think I’ve heard of that. Does anyone actually use that stuff anymore?” Well, actually . . . yes. Yes,...more

5 Ways to Fail at Leading a Meeting

The reputation of the president, chairman, or CEO may (unfortunately) depend on his or her ability to run a meeting. Whether the gathering is big or small, scheduled or impromptu, people want the person in charge to preside...more

An Overview of Private Charitable Foundations

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A private foundation is a powerful tool for charitable giving. It is means of advancing your individual, family, or corporate mission and legacy through supporting those causes which you value the most....more

How to Take Minutes in 4 Easy Steps

If you’ve been tasked with taking minutes, the parliamentarian says to take heart. Here’s a four-step guide (with a bonus tip) to streamline your job....more

Parliamentary Procedure Quick Guide: How to Make Motions

Let’s start with an “according to Robert’s Rules” definition. A motion is a proposal that an organization, board, or committee take a specific action (according to Robert’s Rules of Order and other parliamentary procedure...more

4 Myths About Robert’s Rules and Quorum – And Why the Truth Matters

Almost everyone can define the basic parliamentary procedure concept of “quorum” – the number of members needed at a meeting to take valid action. Dig a little deeper in Robert’s Rules, though, and you’ll find some common...more

How to Keep it Brief: The No. 1 Secret to Shortening Your Meetings

No one likes sitting in a meeting any longer than necessary. So here’s the best kept secret for shortening a meeting: bypass debate on non-controversial motions. ...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - July 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: EMERGING NONPROFIT CONTROVERSY - Health system general counsel...more

Still More Changes Affecting Not-For-Profit Corporations

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In 2016, New York amended its Not-For-Profit Corporation Law once more, building upon the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (“the Act”), and the changes (“the Amendment”) took full effect as of May 27, 2017. This...more

Changes to Financial Reporting Requirements for Associations

On June 23, 2017, Governor Scott approved House Bill 6027, which provides substantively identical changes to the annual financial reporting requirements for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations....more

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