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Defense against the dark arts: nonprofit accountability

small.jpgIn the world of Harry Potter, Defense Against The Dark Arts is a required class at the Hogwarts Witchcraft and Wizardry School, where the students learn the skills needed to defend against unsavory Death Eaters and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Similarly, staff members at nonprofit organizations can equip themselves against unaccountability by learning how their organization's system of internal controls, human resources, and financial protections work. 

Now when you cast the spell “Expecto Patronum” (a shield of positive energy), the spell you cast will be well-crafted and effective. (My patronus comes in the form of a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.)

As we close in on the end of the calendar year, your nonprofit organization might be scrambling to maintain end-of-year obligations to donors while simultaneously meeting the demands of their staff. This is all the more reason to be mindful of your nonprofit's accountability expectations.

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Nonprofit doesn't always = good

Rotten applesWorking in the nonprofit sector is usually viewed as a noble pursuit. The hours are usually long, the tasks you juggle are complicated, and the pay and benefits are usually lower than for-profit equivalents, but the rewards are often about making the world a better place. It’s become a punchline in Silicon Valley that all of these startup businesses are “making the world a better place,” but many nonprofits can legitimately claim that. Working for an organization whose values line up with your own can be incredibly rewarding. However, just knowing an organization has a 501(c)(3) tax status does not guarantee that an organization is truly a benefit to the public. Just like any sector, there are nonprofit organizations where fraud, mismanagement and illegal activity can be found.

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