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Governance seems to be the subject that is perched atop everynonprofit lawyer's worry/wish list, despite the fact that there isnot much law on the point, particularly at the federal level. Thisascension in importance is largely due to the various organizationspropounding best practices and principles for public charities andother forms of nonprofit organizations, the IRS's redesigned Form990, the agency's aggressive push of certain good governanceprinciples in the tax-exempt organizations' setting, and scandalsbrought to light by the Senate Finance Committee staff.

Stemming from the authors' endless hours of meditating over thenew Form 990 and sifting through the many (and often inconsistent)best practices principles, Nonprofit Governance fills the need forsome cohesion in the realm of nonprofit governance by providingin-depth coverage and explanations of the laws, practices, andtrends in this volatile area.

An invaluable resource for nonprofit executives, officers,directors, nonprofit lawyers, accountants, members of boards ofdirectors, and consultants, legal experts Bruce R. Hopkins andVirginia Gross's Nonprofit Governance brims with detaileddocumentation and references to regulations, rulings, cases, andtax literature (which includes current articles and tax law reviewnotes). Here, readers will find a wealth of clarifying informationon:

  • Federal and state law fundamentals
  • Board member responsibilities and liability
  • Nonprofit governance principles
  • Nonprofit governance issues
  • Application of the private benefit doctrine
  • Governance and the redesigned Form 990
  • Recommended polices and procedures
  • Governance case studies
  • Governance legal audit
  • A law primer for nonprofitboard members
  • And much more

The book includes an exhaustive index, Internal Revenue Codecitations and numerous case studies, tips, forms, and checklists toround out the authoritative coverage. Nonprofit Governanceis an indispensable guide to, and through, all of the governancepolicymaking that is unfolding, to improve the management ofnonprofit organizations as well as to help organizations be incompliance with nonprofit governance law.

About the Author

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

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


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Comprehensive and well organized April 24 2013
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Anyone working with non-profits, serving on a non-profit board or considering board service should consider this a "must read". It is organized in a logical fashion, offers comprehensive coverage of the topics with useful examples and ample citations. With the citations it provides a resource for those who desire even more information. It's a good introduction to its subject and a great reference to keep on hand.


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