Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hot Off the Press: Nonprofit Governance and Management, 3rd ed.

Nonprofit Government and Management, 3rd Ed.

The American Bar Association and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals have just published the third edition of Nonprofit Governance and Management.  As members of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section of the ABA, we are proud to have participated in this project by advising on and editing the text. 

The book is divided into three broad chapters: "Governance Basics," discussing the principals and practices of nonprofit governance; "Dealing with Substantive Issues," covering the practical management of the organization; and "Governing Documents, Board Structure, and Operations," providing guidance on the internal workings and functioning of the board. In addition to the discussions of issues in the chapters, there are 27 Appendices "Sample Forms and Guidelines," which are also included on CD-ROM, making this book a very useful resource.

As described in the forward, "This book provides an overview of governance basics and board structure and operations, as well as specific guidance on such key substantive issues as strategic planning, financial management, fund-raising, oversight of the executive officer, human resources management, risk management, and handling of crises." Altogether, this is a highly useful book for nonprofit board members, executive directors, as well as the attorneys who advise them.

Monday, September 12, 2011

ABA CLE Presentation: The Accidental Nonprofit Lawyer

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, (1:00PM ET/10:00AM PT) Michael Malumut, Amy Lin Myerson, and our own Lisa Runquist will present, The Accidental Nonprofit Lawyer, an online webinar/teleconference sponsored by the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, the ABA Business Law Section, and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education. The program is intended to educate those lawyers who find themselves acting as legal counsel to nonprofit organizations with which they are affiliated (as volunteers, officers, or board members) on the relevant nonprofit law and lawyering skills required in this situation.
This program is geared towards the lawyer without significant nonprofit governance or nonprofit law experience who is asked to represent a nonprofit.  The program will also benefit lawyers serving on nonprofit boards who are asked for legal advice as part of their board service.
This program is open to the general public, but lawyers who are members of the ABA are eligible for a discounted rate. The recorded program will also be available in CD-ROM format after the live presentation.