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Easy Fix: Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

Robert’s Rules just wouldn’t have clout if it didn’t provide a standard order of business. So, it provides a six-part agenda that can get you started... ...more

Updates for Tax-Exempt Organizations from the Senate Markup to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Over the last several days, there have been significant developments relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the pending tax reform legislation in Congress. On Thursday, a detailed summary of the Senate Finance Committee’s...more

Senate Tax Proposal Hits Hospitals, Other Exempt Organizations

by King & Spalding on

On November 9, 2017, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee announced their plan for reforming the Federal tax code, including several provisions that target charitable hospitals and other tax-exempt organizations. Like...more

Senate Tax Overhaul Bill Slaps Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In what can only be described as a brutal attack on the nonprofit sector, the Senate has proposed sweeping changes that would have dramatic adverse effects on all tax-exempt organizations. Whereas the latest version of the...more

5 Basics for Successfully Navigating Your Next Meeting

I’d be a rich woman if had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the parliamentary procedure query, “Why all these rules, anyway?!” Well, I didn’t make them up, and they weren’t hatched recently at all – Robert’s Rules harks...more

New Rules for Tax-Exempt Organizations in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

House Republican Tax Bill Imposes Excise Tax on Wealthy Private Universities and Excess Compensation of Highly Paid Employees; Subjects State Pension Plans to UBTI Rules - On Thursday, November 2, House Republicans led by...more

Potential Elimination of Future Private Activity Bonds (including Qualified 501(c)3 Bonds), Advance Refundings, Tax Credit Bonds,...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 2, 2017, the House Committee on Ways and Means released a draft of its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Bill”). The Tax Bill proposes to eliminate the federal tax exemption of interest income from all private...more

Handy Tips for Keeping Discussion under Control

To let the pros have the floor or the cons.... That is the question. And in America, the home of all things democratic, who gets to speak in an organized meeting is an especially important question: Everyone’s voice is...more

Ropes & Gray, The Boston Foundation and Boston College Present Leading By Example Program on International Philanthropy

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The following article is authored by Jean Whitney, a philanthropic advisor at Ropes & Gray. She works with families, charitable trusts and private foundations to implement best practices in charitable giving. Her work...more

Stop “Partnering” And Begin “Strategically Allying”

by Carlton Fields on

Tax exempt organizations often enter into relationships with other organizations that are collaborative in nature rather than merely quid pro quo. These relationships are frequently referred to as “partnerships” by tax exempt...more

How to Make a Main Motion [Infographic]

We’ve talked before about how to make a motion and what happens to a motion after a member makes it. For all you visual learners, here’s an infographic that illustrates these parliamentary procedure concepts...more

Effective Cause Marketing: Ways to Ensure Your Good Deeds Go Unpunished

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Collaborations between charitable organizations and for-profit businesses to simultaneously promote a cause and raise funds for the charity have been demonstrably successful and are occurring with increasing frequency. When...more

5 Essential Facts about Closing Debate

If there’s one reason people hate meetings, it’s because they drag on forever with needless discussion. According to Robert’s Rules, closing debate and moving directly to a vote on a motion – via a specific motion called...more

[Event] Community Association Seminar Fall 2017 - November 9th and November 11th, Minneapolis, MN

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Join us for our Fall 2017 Community Association Seminar! - What to do if your Association is the victim of embezzlement? - Understanding Changes to MCIOA for Construction Defect Claims ...more

Quick Guide: The Lifecycle of a Motion

Remember that previous post on the parliamentary procedure basics for how to make a motion? Here’s “Making Motions – Round 2,” a more detailed guide on the specific language* you should use both for making a motion and, if...more

Focus on Health Care Provider Bankruptcies

by Jones Day on

The next few years are expected to see a significant increase in the volume of bankruptcy cases filed by health care providers. Thus far in 2017, the number of bankruptcies in health care-related sectors, including hospitals,...more

Perspectives for the Professions Newsletter - September 2017: The Relationship Between Council and the Chief Executive Officer

by Field Law on

The Chief Executive Officer of a professional regulatory organization is the senior staff person responsible for the overall operations of the organization. Typically, the CEO will report to Council which is responsible for...more

4 No-Nonsense Reasons to Take Good Minutes – Part 2

A previous post provided the first two reasons that accurate minutes are a “must” for all non-profits, including homeowners associations, churches, unions, sororities, and political parties.  Here’s two more pieces of...more

Mandatory Disclosure: Belgium Requires Large Companies to Provide Certain Non-Financial Information

by Jones Day on

The Background: On September 3, 2017, Belgium adopted a law implementing EC Directive 2014/95/EU on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups. - The Result: Under...more

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

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